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    Question Loco Truck lubing?

    Hey all!

    I have a Atlas Geep and I want the trucks to be as free rolling as possible, so I can get very smooth startups (Motor is fine, smooth as can be.) I ran just the trucks down a small hill and they stopped 3/4 the way down.

    The issue is I don't have any specific things for the trucks. What can I use BESIDES hobby lube I need to purchase?

    Baby oil? WD40? Anything! Thanks!
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    You could polish the axle cups by disassembling the trucks and using a tooth pick trimmed to a cone shape and some metal polish and a drill or dremel. Polished cups cause less friction.
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    Don't have a dremel, or metal polish. Have a drill but Its at my cousins house.

    Anything else?
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    http://www.nano-oil.com/Model%20RailRoad.html This is susposed to be the latest & greatest snake oil on the market. Has anyone used this? What do you think?

    The friction in your trucks is probably pretty evenly distributed between gear teeth mesh and bearing surfaces, unless opon inspection you find something real obvious like a casting flaw. 30 years ago we filled our gear boxes with Pearl Drops tooth polish and ran 'em till they froze up. It had a slight amound of abrasive compound that actually would "seat" the gear teeth. May be some liquid automobile polish with with a fine compound like McGuires would accomplish the same thing. You would have to totally disassemble everything and thoroughly clean all the pieces when you're finished.

    If you don't want all that hassle, you might try taking some 1000 grit paper and sand all the surfaces on the gear shaft and in between all the teeth too. Also sand the housing to remove any sharp edges on the plastic. I remember reading an article ( maybe in N scale magazine) about leaving the bronze shaft bearing out that is between the worm gear and the motor. This mod requires realignment of the coupling but reduces a ton of friction in the process.

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