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Author Topic: Does anyone think bearing shields are a pain in the ***?  (Read 938 times)
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« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2016, 10:05:29 AM »

Most of the bearings that come without shields are made in China.

And they honestly work great most of the time. I got a 10 pack of really cheap Chinese concave bearings about 2 years ago and most of them still work great, just as well as the actual KonKave for a 10th of the price; they were even 10-balls.
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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2016, 10:34:39 AM »

I don't think I could bring myself to buy knock off KonKaves as long as Frank's patent is still active, unless they were licensed by him. Maybe some other centering style... Not judging, just my personal feelings.
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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2016, 12:41:24 PM »



You get pretty good at removing them quickly after awhile.
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2016, 09:40:32 PM »

I cleaned a bearing for the first time a couple of weeks ago and had a terrible time removing the shields.  Switched the pin to my right hand and it came off first try.  Coincidence?  Who knows?
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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2016, 10:07:34 PM »

Never takes me more than a few seconds.  And I personally always keep my shields on.  I found myself needing to clean the bearings much less often when I started to do so.
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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2016, 11:39:29 PM »

I cleaned a bearing for the first time a couple of weeks ago and had a terrible time removing the shields.  Switched the pin to my right hand and it came off first try.  Coincidence?  Who knows?


Most of the c-clip springs that hold the shields on are made with the same orientation of the bevelled edge of the joint. That orientation provides a bit of a lip, so to speak, that a pin in the right hand can grab on to. Of course some bearings may be opposite so you will have to look carefully to see which end to work on.

Take a look at the images here: How to deshield a bearing. The second and third image show it best. They are attached below for convenience.

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« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2016, 12:21:10 AM »

^That picture needs to be shown to anyone getting into the hobby.
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« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2016, 12:42:03 AM »

Well, it's been available since 2012 (and similar info longer elsewhere), and it seems most people ignore the forum post that has a permanent link to it. I tend to point out the useful guides topic rather than tell people for the fiftieth time how to do something, but it still doesn't sink in. So here it is again...

Useful modification & maintenance guides - Axles,Clean, repair, tune, fix yoyos
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