How to break in a cube

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  1. xXdaveXsuperstarXx

    xXdaveXsuperstarXx Member

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    Right :cool:...... And my brother hit's the cube until it's "broken-in".
     
  2. oneofthosedudes

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    rofl 4chan reference! XD


    anyway... i might try this with a new cube, because it seems like theres something missing from my cubes... except my DIY new type a, the 1 thats "unpoppable" cuz its awesome.
     
  3. Me

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    Never considered this but if really want to destroy the cube put some sand in with the vaseline. It would be like releasing and atom-bomb to the internals.

    Have you actually tried this? I don't think a cube can be psychologically taken from a ~40 second average to just over 20 seconds.

    I go into depth with the whole sand concept here, I recommend a couple of you take a look at it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTDblHV-NMU
     
  4. Shazbut

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    I found out that the best way to break in a storebought cube, is to paint the inside red, then throw some glitter in there while it is still drying. When it is dry, tap the cube onto the ground 2 times, and repeat "there is no place like home."

    Then you go and buy a new cube and use it insane amounts until it feels pretty good, then use some lube and you are good to go.
     
  5. how-to-solve-a-rubix

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    i never break it. i fear it will not fit properly :(
     
  6. arud45

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    The sand thing works.
     
  7. Logan

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    Ive tried that! It worked great but it was a ***** to clean out.
     
  8. Dubslow

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    Dumb question, incoming!

    Using the guides in the hardware forum here, I recently bought an Alpha 3-f cube from iCubeMart. I got it Wednesday, fully assembled; I read that it will take some breaking in, and more importantly, that the tension should be tighter than average. The thing is, I just took apart the cube, and I have no idea how to adjust the tension. The core is yellow, and I'm not sure if/how to remove the centers, or if that's necessary to adjust the tension. So... what do? :)
     
  9. Owen

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    Just remove the center caps and adjust the screws to a good tension. No need to disassemble the cube.
     
  10. LNZ

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    On big cubes, do emulation solving for smaller NxNXN cubes or solve cuboids you may or may not actually have. For example on a 7x7x7 cube,
    you can emulate a 3x3x7 cuboid. On a 4x4x4 cube, you can solve a 2x2x4 cuboid.
     
  11. Dubslow

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    Oooohhhh!!! That's why there's notches in the center pieces :)

    Thanks. Now, the problem is that the caps are really hard to get off... but I can figure that out on my own.
     
  12. Cuberrism

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    Well, I break in 3x3s by solving it until the stock lube is not visible anymore, which means it has dried up. After that, I clean out the leftover residue, and solve 100 times, or one day for me. After that, lube with anything EXCEPT Maru lube and solve until it becomes smoother and a bit quieter, then you choose whether you want to soften the plastic with Maru or not.
     
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  13. Dom

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    That's kinda what I do, except, first:
    I take it apart and feel each piece for sharp parts, then I carefully sand off that flash.
    then I put it all back together on a little bit tight tensions and solve it constantly for a week.
    After that, I take it all apart again, then clean everything with a paper towel damp with alcohol.
    Next, I put it all back together with a normal lubing procedure, and loosen the tensions to what I like, then it's done.
     
  14. Smiles

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    Guys this is from 2009 everything changeddddd
     
  15. Dom

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    yes, but it's still a pertinent topic, I think.
     
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  16. Cuberrism

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    Well, I don't get flash, so I skip that part. I don't have rubbing alcohol too, so I can't reliably clean all the lube out, but it still works fine for me
     

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