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Thread: Anyone use BRP 3/32 Axel Bearings?

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    Anyone use BRP 3/32 Axel Bearings?

    Hey all,

    Has anyone ever used BRP's 3/32 Axel Bearings?

    http://www.ncphobbies.com/ball-beari...rings-slot-car

    (I know not to order from ncphobbies, just using the link for reference)

    They are class 7 (ABEC 7) which is the 2nd to highest grade, I haven't found any ABEC 9 rated bearings which is the highest grade.

    NONE of the majior brands, Slick-7, Koford, etc. list the ABEC rating of their bearings, which typically means they are ABEC-1 which is the lowest grade.

    Slick-7 and Koford are masters at using the word "precision" and claiming their products are the best, but lets be honest, a lot of times they just rebrand another product and charge a hefty fee because it now has their name on it..

    I honestly doubt $30 for a set of bearings is 4x better.. Anyway, I am currently using these BRP bearings and have not had a single problem with them. They are smooth, the shields are easily removed if you don't want shields, everything one could want in a bearing..

    I'm just curious is anyone else know of a bearing I am not aware of for under $10 a pair that is a good bearing?

    I've also seen Prime Racing has 10-ball bearings? Has anyone tried those?

    Thanks,

    -TheChad
    Last edited by TheChad; 05-21-2015 at 03:01 PM.

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    I only use bearing from a few places. GTO (NHBB), GRW, Koford. Axle and motor bearings. Beuf and Skinner have good ones as well.
    I have played with Ebay motor and axle bearing ABEC 7 with a low price tag, I use them for one race and toss them. They get very sloppy after one race.
    Stainless steel is less maintenance but there are harder steel ones out there but need to be kept clean.

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    I have a few guys that swear by the Koford M217.

    They definitely weren't Chinese when I worked there.

    Knowing his pricing policy, he's not soaking customers.

    That's why quite a few of his prices are odd.

    He has a fair formula based on cost and sticks to it.

    If the BRP are working good for you, stick with them.

    If for any reason, Bud's a great guy and good for slot racing.

    And his invention of the "flexi-kar", has been terrific for slot racing in all it's various types over the years.
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    I use the BRP's. They work. No complaints

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerDeaf View Post
    I use the BRP's. They work. No complaints
    Yeah, I haven't had any probs either.. I've got 3-4 races and 1000's of practice laps on some and they arn't sloppy..

    Mike: You might know... How come G27L arms cost 2x more than C12 arms? I remember buying C12 arms for only like $25 in 2004, now they are ~$45, but I don't understand how the G27L arms could cost 2x more?

    Thanks,

    -TheChad

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    Have a look here.
    These are the real deal.
    ABEC 7, OIL filled, don't know of any other slot car bearing that is.
    Stainless steel, individually packed.
    Never had one collapse,
    motor brgs http://www.hobbiesplus.co.nz/ball-be...c-193_195.html
    Chassis brgs http://www.hobbiesplus.co.nz/ball-be...-c-99_104.html
    We have been running these for over 11 years without a complaint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChad View Post
    Y

    How come G27L arms cost 2x more than C12 arms? I remember buying C12 arms for only like $25 in 2004, now they are ~$45, but I don't understand how the G27L arms could cost 2x more?

    Thanks,

    -TheChad
    Price restricted group arms (Gp-12, C-12 Int 15) have controlled prices via the USRA rule set and OEM profit is minimal. The cost of group 27 and Open armatures is much more reflective of the actual manufacturing cost and labor required to make and sell these things at a profit.

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    Someone could put Bearings in a tube or plastic bag and call them anything from ABEC 9 to 1's, and who is to say what they really are?
    All GRW bearing are sold in packaging with the GRW FACTORY ABEC ratings printed on the packaging.
    But then again take a ABEC 9 or 7 out of the packaging place it in an oven or better yet solder it in a Chassis or Motor Setup and it's now
    what? Maybe a 1?
    JUST SHUT UP AND RACE!!!!

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    ...good point. you really want to do all you can to minimize the heat needed to get them where you want them. if only the bearing races were tougher

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