Center Cap pops

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  1. chiperten

    chiperten Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    I bought one of the clear plastic DIY cubes from that chinese ebay seller. It is extremely smooth and fast but I get a ton of pops. I had a few questions.. first what do you guys use to hold the center caps in on your cubes? My yellow center cap pops so much and it's annoying.

    Also does anyone know if clear plastic is allowed in competition. I've read that it might give an advantage but honestly I can't see through very well at all and I think trying to use the transparency to see the stickers on the other side would slow me down. If transparent cubes are a problem, I will probably buy a white DIY from the seller because this cube rocks.
  2. tenderchkn

    tenderchkn Member

    Aug 11, 2006
    Transparent cubes are not legal for competition.

    Take out the cap, put a piece of paper the size of the square over the screw, and jam the cap back in. That will hold it in place.
  3. chiperten

    chiperten Member

    Jun 9, 2006
  4. KJiptner

    KJiptner Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    Görlitz, Germany
    I can confirm that. My center caps are also fixed with this method. It works great and allows you to still tune the cube without any problems. It's better than glueing the caps in.
  5. Erik

    Erik Member

    I am known for having popping center caps (at EC with my feet and at Dutch Nationals both my speedcubes had popping caps), I always glue them with super glue but it doesn't last that long. I'll try the paper trick :)
  6. Pedro

    Pedro Member

    Mar 17, 2006
    Uberlandia, MG - Brazil
    Always the same center caps fall off (even with a paper square)

    That's kinda annoying...

    on my Rubik's DIY, the red and green center caps fall really often...and just those 2...the others just stay in place nicely...

    I had I problem with this in Worlds...the first 4 solves in first round were nice...then, before my last one, they called me because the red center cap I got the paper square, turned it upside-down and put the center cap back...just after, they called me again and asked if I had another cube :)

    I changed the paper square like 10 times but they still can't stay...

    I probably never changed the other paper squares...or just 1 time, maybe...

    does that happen to someone else? any ideas to fix it?
  7. Davepencilguin

    Davepencilguin Member

    Aug 27, 2007
    Florida, United States
    I could never get paper to work for mine.
    I switched to a tiny roll of duct tape.

    They still fall off every now and then (around every 4 days), but it isn't as bad as it was when I used paper.
  8. deathbypapercutz

    deathbypapercutz Member

    Nov 18, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    Index cards? They're appreciably thicker than normal paper...
  9. Are you some kind of paper expert "deathbypapercutz"? :)
  10. Jai

    Jai Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
    I honestly think you should just buy a new cube, it happens all the time to the center caps on my old Rubik's DIY. Go for the new Cube4You type A DIYs, I heard the caps don't pop.
  11. Sin-H

    Sin-H Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Munich, Germany
    I would recommend to use a bit of adhesive foil/tape. You can still get the caps off if you want to. You just have to use a knife to get into the gap.

    P.S. The caps really don't pop on DIY type-As from Cube4you.
  12. Stingray970

    Stingray970 Member

    Apr 8, 2012
    Center caps popping off Zhanchi

    Today I was solving my Zhanchi in the hallway of my school absentmindedly. When I arrived at my class, I noticed that the orange center cap had gone missing. Naturally I was quite distraught about this, but I couldn't leave class to find it.

    Luckily, a friend of mine found it and returned it to me. It gave me quite the scare!

    I don't want something like this to happen again.

    I like my tensions the way they are right now, and I don't think I'd find a reason to change them for a long time. Since I don't think I'll be needing to adjust the tensions, I don't need to pop off the center caps.

    I want to superglue the caps onto my Zhanchi.
    - Would the tensions loosen/tighten themselves over time such that I would need to readjust?
    - I lubed my core (and the washers + the other inner mechanisms) with Lubix. Would I ever need to relube my core? If so, how soon?
    - If I needed to do the above, how difficult would it be to then take off the caps?
    - Is there some other way to prevent the caps from popping off?
  13. MethicSkull

    MethicSkull Member

    Apr 8, 2012
    look up center cap mod on youtube. help fix my center cap problem

    you can stick paper under the cap when you put the cap on youtubeand rip off the remains
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
  14. mati1242

    mati1242 Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    -Gluing center caps is kinda weird or stupid. I mean it depends on what type of glue you use but most of the time you will have a lot of troubles to get CenterCap of, or you could propably break it.
    -Yes I think you will need to relube your core. I don't know how soon but it will be necessary.
    -Maybe the tensions won't loosen/tighten by themselves but what if you want to retension your cube or lube it again as I said before ?
    -I think the easiest way to fix this is to put a little piece of paper in between cap and center-piece.

    I don't have that problem with My ZhanChi, but if I have i would go with the pieces of paper- it's fast and effective.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
  15. applemobile

    applemobile Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    exeter uk
    I put a small piece of electrical tape on the tag of the center piece and cut off the excess. Rarely come off unless I drop it from a height.
  16. CoryThigpen

    CoryThigpen Premium Member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Pearland, TX
    You could just use Guhong v2 caps on your ZhanChi (if you have a v2). I'm about to make the change myself.
  17. Arkwell

    Arkwell Member

    Jan 23, 2011

    Is there anyplace where you can get extra Guhong V2 center caps separately(I would like to do that myself.)
  18. Cheese11

    Cheese11 Member


    Heres what you do:

    1. Go find some paper (Any kind works (I prefer loose leaf))
    2. Remove all the pieces from your cube
    3. Remove 1 center cap and stick the paper over the piece. Then proceed to put the cap back on. Make sure it's tight.
    4. When the cap is tight and in place, start to rip off all the paper you can see.
    5. Enjoy responsibly

    Worked for, should work for anyone else.

    If this managed to fail, GuHong caps don't come out but they do stick out a little.
  19. yoshinator

    yoshinator Member

    Mar 24, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    The solution has already been provided, but I will mention that you will want to relube your core every 10,000 solves or so.
  20. Stingray970

    Stingray970 Member

    Apr 8, 2012
    The entire inner mechanism and core, or just the actual pieces?

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