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About Lubricants

  • There is no "special" lubricant you need to use. MicroBlue® works just fine with all of them. If there's one thing that is always the topic of the day, it's the questions we get regarding lubricants. Let us first start out by saying that we are not "lube guys". That's the lube guy's job. However, since we deal with every form of racing everywhere, we get a lot of feedback. So our approach has always been when when one or more of the pro guys  say the same thing, we listen. Particularly from the IRL guys (they have this thing for lubricant testing). So while we'll never say which brand or grade to use, we'll be happy to pass along some general guidelines:
  • Additives in lubricants (rear-gear oil for example) are not anything to be concerned about. Continue using your standard lubricant. But you can introduce a measurable decrease in viscosity. In general, racing synthetics work well.
  • MicroBlue® works fine with both petroleum and synthetic based lubricants.
  • The one thing to consider however, is that due to the improvement in lubricant efficiency, you now get to do things your competition cannot do. For example, in rear gears, you no longer need to use the same viscosity you did before. For example, in rear gears, where 90/120 is common, something in the range of a 20 or 30 will be just fine.
  • You don't need to run as much as volume you're accustomed to. As long as there is lubricant present, more viscosity is not necessarily better.

The one thing we stress on a daily basis is an awareness of loads and viscosity. Under load, the only thing keeping two surfaces apart is it's thickness or viscosity. So when you're deciding on what to use, think of the highest loaded surfaces you have, ask yourself the following question: "Do I have enough viscosity to keep those surfaces apart?" (this is a good one for all of those who have a can of Tri-Flow in their hand). The combination of MicroBlue® on glass-smooth surfaces changes the dynamics of contact in a big way, and you can use that to your advantage. Just don't get carried away!

Tips on "how much":
This question (particularly when it comes to tapers) is an important one. The one thing to remember is this: As long as the balls or rollers have a uniform coating on them, that's all you need. An engineer for an IRL team years ago put it this way: "We all know there is a gap between the balls and rollers and the races. If you think about it, you could measure it and do the math that will result in given "volume". You only need enough to fill the gaps, no more. Because anything more will make those balls and rollers become snowplows". Well put.

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