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High Viscosity Differential Oil Thread

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I've been noticing that there has been more questions and talk about Differential Oil, as people ask in different threads, or make a thread themselves. Diff Oil is becoming tried out and discussed more and more, by different people. I think having a place where everyone can discuss it, is constructive to anyone looking into it, or those who don't even know about it yet. It's also a good idea to keep all Diff Oil specific conversations in one thread, to not pollute other topics or the board with topics.

There used to be a thread where everyone could post their questions, experiences, recommendations, pictures and anything else. But, that thread was locked for some weird reason, and the only place where everything specifically Diff Oil related could be discussed, is gone.

I want to start up this thread again, and help out, like it was being done in the other thread.

If anyone has any questions specifically about Diff Oil, they can ask here, and you usually get an answer quite fast. From how to apply, what to buy, and even pictures, are all given quick answers, as you can see from the original thread.

Original Thread:
http://www.speedsolving.com/forum/showthread.php?27563-Viscosity-of-Lubix-Found!-Cheaper-Alternative!


Here is some quick information on Diff Oil, but I'd suggest also looking at the original thread, to get more understanding.

What is the best wt to use?
-50k wt (50,000wt) is probably the top choice for many, but some have strayed to using a bit higher or lower numbers. 30k (30,000) is a good substitute, if 50k (50,000) cannot be found.

What is it similar to?
-High Viscosity Differential Oil is very similar to Lubix, and acts pretty much exactly the same. Between the two, they're nearly indistinguishable to most.

Where can I find it?
-Almost every hobby shop will carry Diff Oil. You will have the best luck in hobby stores that also sell either RC cars, or trains.

Which brands should I use?
-The most commonly used brands are either Traxxas or Ofna.

How much is it?
-It's actually very, very cheap. You get a huge amount, for a small price. Usually, they come in bottles of 50cc, for under $10. Because of how cheap it is, and how easy it is to find, it is a very good alternative lube.

How long will it last me?
-Once your cube is lubed with Diff Oil, it will last you many months, without having to relube. Because you usually get 50cc of Diff Oil, that means your bottle will last probably at least a year. Even with lubing multiple cubes.

Is it hazardous for me or my cube?
-No. It will not ruin/corrode/melt the plastic of the cube, nor is it toxic for contact with your skin. I'd avoid eating it, or pouring it in your eyes, though...

Pictures:
Just some pictures of the bottles, so you can get an idea of what they look like.


That's about it for now. If there's anything anyone would like to add, go ahead.
And bring on any questions, and we'll try to answer as best we can.
 
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Please don't make this a thread about Lubix, as I only used it as a comparison.
And don't start trolling like you did in the original thread.
Actually I don't make the thread topic. I won't troll either. I'll leave that for the nubs.

Is that really what you think this is about? Not about educating people that have already decided to buy silicone oil and need advice?
Educating yourself is cool and all, but I don't see why there are two threads and countless people that go around spouting that Lubix is differential oil.
Seriously, If Lubix hadn't come out, we'd all still be putting CRC in our cubes and ruining them. I like to give credit where credit is due.
 
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Educating yourself is cool and all, but I don't see why there are two threads and countless people that go around spouting that Lubix is differential oil.
Seriously, If Lubix hadn't come out, we'd all still be putting CRC in our cubes and ruining them. I like to give credit where credit is due.
Sure, Lubix discovered it and deserves credit, that is true to a point.
We might not be cubing if hadn't been for Erno Rubik. Does that mean we should all be using his original store bought cubes out of gratefulness?

Bad analogy I know, but still...
 
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Sure, Lubix discovered it and deserves credit, that is true to a point.
We wouldn't be cubing if hadn't been for Erno Rubik. Does that mean we should all be using his original store bought cubes out of gratefulness?

Bad analogy I know, but still...
True, but I've never bought Lubix.
Have you ever felt the difference between a GuHong/LingYun lubed with CRC and a GuHong/LingYun lubed with differential oil?
 
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Educating yourself is cool and all, but I don't see why there are two threads and countless people that go around spouting that Lubix is differential oil.
Seriously, If Lubix hadn't come out, we'd all still be putting CRC in our cubes and ruining them. I like to give credit where credit is due.
No one has spouted that Lubix is diff oil. The OP just said that it had a similar effect.

No one is taking undeserved credit. We all know how monumental Lubix was to the community.

Counter question: Why do people keep feeling offended whenever diff oil is mentioned? It's not like everyone is going to switch to using it. There are clearly many people who are loyal to Lubix. I don't see diff oil replacing lubix anytime soon. In fact, people who keep bringing up the implication that others are forcefully trying to decrease Lubix's revenue are only catalyzing the competition between the two.

No one here (in this thread) is claiming one to be better than the other (so far).
 
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IMO, ElectricDoodie has the right idea since the point of the post was:

I've been noticing that there has been more questions and talk about Differential Oil, as people ask in different threads, or make a thread themselves. Diff Oil is becoming tried out and discussed more and more, by different people. I think having a place where everyone can discuss it, is constructive to anyone looking into it, or those who don't even know about it yet.
Though I might suggest he delete this part:


Lubix is High Viscosity Differential Oil. In fact, many who have tried the 2, cannot distinguish between which is which.
and for this:

Have you ever felt the difference between a GuHong/LingYun lubed with CRC and a GuHong/LingYun lubed with differential oil?
I have not. Have you? Pls share for the benefit of the community.
 
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I have a question, Have you tried the differential oil in bigger cubes like a Vcube 7?? how is it working? is good or bad for big cubes?

Thanks in advance
I don't solve big cubes, so I've never tried it. I heard that it's more of a waste of Diff Oil, and that it takes way too long to apply to big cubes.
I've actually wanted to know this from someone who has actually done it, but not too many have...
 
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I have a question, Have you tried the differential oil in bigger cubes like a Vcube 7?? how is it working? is good or bad for big cubes?
I have, on a mefferts 4x4. Not good because tight cube does not go hand in hand with high viscosity oil.
 

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I have, on a mefferts 4x4. Not good because tight cube does not go hand in hand with high viscosity oil.
There's a big difference in inner surface area on a 7x7x7 when compared to a 4x4x4 though.
The 4x4x4 cubes I have react to silicone oil just as well as most 3x3x3s do.
 
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>No one has spouted that Lubix is diff oil. The OP just said that it had a similar effect.

Counter question: Why do people keep feeling offended whenever diff oil is mentioned? It's not like everyone is going to switch to using it. There are clearly many people who are loyal to Lubix. I don't see diff oil replacing lubix anytime soon. In fact, people who keep bringing up the implication that others are forcefully trying to decrease Lubix's revenue are only catalyzing the competition between the two.
>emolover, emolover everywhere. Who actually promotes differential oil as shock oil.

I don't get offended by people discussing it, but when they go out of their way to say it's better (in one way or another) I do.

Um, silicone oil had been used by cubers years before Lubix appeared.
Yes I know, but most people were using CRC and Jigaloo before Lubix was released.

I have not. Have you? Pls share for the benefit of the community.
I have. The acetone in CRC that melts plastic, ruins the cube. They feel nothing alike. CRC makes cubes crappy.
 
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While this may be true, you can't claim that Lubix was the original and discovered high viscosity silicone oil. They really only popularized it, which are two very different things.
Yes differential oil was created/discovered in the 80s for RC cars, but how many people, before Lubix, used strictly differential oil (not shock oil)?

Look around a bit.
 
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