problem with cleaning a DM bearing


#1

One week after I got my Dark Magic, the bearing caught some kind of dirt in it and i had to clean it. I cleaned it with the dust shields on, after it was dry I applied a drop of thin lube, and tried to play with it. For a few minutes it was ok and than the yo-yo got really responsive.

my question is, do i just need to let it brake in, or i need to clean it again with the dust shields off, how much lube should I put ? (1, 2 or more drops) and can it be the use of 100% cotton string.

Thanks in advance


#2

Yes, just break it in.


#3

Your string is fine. I would recommend removing the shields before cleaning the bearing. I helps get everything out of there. Another thing I do is after blowing all of the solvents out of the bearing with compressed air, I play the bearing dry for a day or until it starts to get louder. That helps remove anything and everything in the bearing that might cause more problems when oil is added. After that I lube it and play like normal. Usually one drop is enough oil.


#4

Right now I’m breaking the bearing in, and after a day of reasonably unresponsive play, the yo-yo is now so responsive even a slight tug on the string bring it back to my hand.

My question is, is this a part of the breaking in process or do I need to clean it for the third time ?


#5

What does the bearing sound like? Is it quiet or loud?


#6

The bearing is loud. even if i just let the yo-yo fall from the string and not even throwing it.
also I can’t make the bearing spin when the yo-yo is taken apart. The bearing is completely stuck.

Does that mean i need to clean it again ? :frowning:


#7

If it sounds rough or like something is in there I would recommend cleaning it again. You can also try putting a little more oil in it.


#8

Cleaning went well. The yo-yo is reasonably unresponsive, but very noisy. does that mean I need more lube ? or still only breaking in ?


#9

It means you should probably lube it, but remember you aren’t going to make it completely quiet without it being responsive.


#10

Clean the bearing with the shields off. Add 3 drops of thin lube to the balls of the bearing. Play with the yoyo for 2 hours to let everything break in and (if you know how to) do a lot of gyroscopic flops so the bearing gets stress in places where it normally wouldn’t to get the lube in the places it needs it!


#11

Gyroscopic flops, or any flop for that matter, won’t help break in a bearing any more than normal play. They do, however, help break the response system in.


#12

just for your reference, Andre told me that in person. :slight_smile: