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Using sand to make your cube go faster

Nukoca

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I tried this, and it worked for me. First, though, I should tell all the people who think that it damages your cube: if you haven't done it yourself, then don't post that it will ruin your cube. :)

I popped out an edge, and put about 2 teaspoons of sand into my cube. I moved it around and (obviously) it was really, slow, and I could hear the pieces grinding themselves up in there. Which was good. The whole reason I did it was to remove the friction from the internal mechanism.

After a while, all the sand gradually fell out of the cube while solving it over and over. I repeated once or twice, and then I took it apart, washed and dried the pieces, and after reassembling, it was faster. Not a whole lot, but still faster, it had a noticable difference.
 

Swoncen

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maybe you just felt the difference from the sandy cube and the non sandy cube.. how did you measure if it was faster?
 

Nukoca

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It was a storebought, the difference was easy. I was able to do finger tricks. I was still slow, so I'm working on a core mod so I can put screws in to adjust the tension.
 

panyan

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It was a storebought, the difference was easy. I was able to do finger tricks. I was still slow, so I'm working on a core mod so I can put screws in to adjust the tension.
why not just do it with finer and finer grades of sand until you have a great cube?
 

Nukoca

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It was a storebought, the difference was easy. I was able to do finger tricks. I was still slow, so I'm working on a core mod so I can put screws in to adjust the tension.
why not just do it with finer and finer grades of sand until you have a great cube?

Well, after I take the sand out, it sort of smooths out its insides after a bit of playing around with it. My pieces are already tuned to perfection. I just need to be able to adjust the core, because it's too tight. I switched them out with my other (more used, and with a looser core) and it moved way faster.
 

ThatGuy

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i tried this once, right after i spayed it with silicone, i still have my pieces and their really good. not as good as wood varnish though.
 

daniel0731ex

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ThatGuy

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off topic but my name is very fitting, ThatGuy. Everyone seems to pass over me and i'm just that guy in the corner. lol
 

aznmortalx

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Just use wire cutters to pull the core rivets....I can't find the tutorial, I'll edit my post when I do.

Edit: It's in another language, but here ya go.
I already hack-sawed the core off. I'll be buying a new core and using screws.

http://www.unicube.tw/06/TR_DIY.htm

you could have just cut it with pliers, it's easier.

but anyway, finally somebody remembered the tutorial:p
English translation of the website if you need it: http://www.worldlingo.com/en/websites/url_translator.html

Type in the url of the website and select japanese to english.

EDIT: lol... all translators for that site seem to be very bad...
 
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Nukoca

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aznmortalx

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English translation of the website if you need it: http://www.worldlingo.com/en/websites/url_translator.html

Type in the url of the website and select japanese to english.

EDIT: lol... all translators for that site seem to be very bad...
Google's is better: http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en&js=n&u=http://www.unicube.tw/06/force_adjust.htm&sl=auto&tl=en
lol... cube is box... google's pretty bad for that site, too... but at least you get the idea :p
 
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