How to change a yoyo bearing

How to change a yoyo bearing

How to change a yoyo bearing

Lets look at the benefits of changing a yoyo bearing

There are many benefits to changing a yoyo bearing such as cleaning purposes, changing it regularly depending on how frequently you use it, and one of the reasons we love is to make a responsive yoyo an unresponsive yoyo - and vice versa.

We often get asked which yoyo is recommended for learning how to yoyo and being able to progress your yoyo skills with the same yoyo. We recommend as a new yoyo player to go for the K2 Crystal as the plastic material is more resilient to being dropped and knocked around, as opposed to a metal yoyo or bio metal yoyo, which can become worn overtime if it hits the floor. This won’t damage the functionality of the yoyo but will begin to lose its stunning appearance.

Changing a bearing on a yoyo involves removing the old bearing and replacing it with a new one. The bearing is a crucial component that affects the yoyo's spin and performance. Here's a short tutorial on how to change a yoyo bearing:

Materials required:

  • New yo-yo bearing (make sure it's compatible with your yoyo model).
  • A bearing removal tool (some yoyos come with a specialised tool).
  • A clean cloth or tissue.
  • Optional: Yoyo lubricant for the bearing

Prepare your workspace:

  • Choose a clean and well-lit area to work on your yoyo. Place a clean cloth or tissue on the surface to prevent the yoyo or bearing from getting dirt in the bearing.

Remove the old yoyo bearing:

  • Unscrew your yoyo and start by taking out the yoyo axle first, followed by the yoyo bearing.
  • Use our bearing removal tool to gently grip the inner ring of the bearing. Apply even pressure and wiggle it out. Be careful not to damage the bearing or the yoyo.

Clean the yoyo bearing seat:

Before installing the new bearing, clean the bearing seat inside the yoyo using a small brush or compressed air. This helps ensure a smooth fit for the new bearing.

Install the new yoyo bearing:

  • Take your new bearing and make sure it's oriented correctly (flat side should face the yoyo's response pads).
  • Gently press the bearing into the bearing seat of the yoyo. You can use your fingers to press it evenly or use the bearing removal tool if needed. Be careful not to apply excessive force.
  • Put the axle in the middle of the other side of the yoyo and gently screw the yoyo back together.

Optional: Lubricate the Bearing:

  • If you want to improve the bearing's performance and longevity, you can apply a tiny drop of yoyo bearing lubricant. Make sure to use a thin lubricant designed for yoyo bearings.
  • Apply a very small amount of lubricant to the tip of a needle or pin, and then touch it to the bearing's inner face. A little goes a long way, so avoid over-lubricating, as excess lubricant can attract dirt and affect the spin.

Reassemble the yoyo:

  • Once you're satisfied with the new bearing's precision, reassemble the yoyo sides to each other.

Test the Spin:

  • Give the yoyo a gentle throw to test the spin. If it spins smoothly without any unusual noises, the bearing has been installed correctly.

Remember, the process might vary slightly depending on your yoyo model and the type of bearing it uses. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions or guides if available. Additionally, be patient and gentle during the process to avoid damaging the yoyo or the bearing.

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