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Squeaky Bottom Bracket Solved

#1 2010-07-18 10:29pm

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Squeaky Bottom Bracket Solved

Flatlandfuel.com had these awesome 19mm Odyssey bottom brackets with American cups on sale a while back for $9.99.  I bought five over two orders.  I finished this Zippo last month and heard a sound on the test drive I never heard before.  When I pedaled, the bottom bracket squeaked like a creaky door.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Haro_Zippo_47.jpg

This was the first time I ever used Eastern cranks so I thought it might be them.  I didn't worry too much about it and moved on.  Then I finished this Mirra 540 Air and had the same exact sound.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Mirra_540_67.jpg

Ask the Denver crew if they were tired of the squeaking two hours into our ride last month!  It became a joke to even ride near me.  If they thought they were bothered, you should have been on the bike itself! lol

I decided to tap the bearings out of another set today to see if I could figure it out.  Bingo!  There's a rubber washer between the cup and the bearing.  I've never seen that before.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/OdysseyBB.jpg

So, being the lazy person I am I first tried adding a few drops of oil right on the spacer on the chainring side.  It worked and the squeak is gone.  I did this to both bikes and they're now whisper quiet.  When I use the next set I'll be removing that little noise maker... big_smile

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#2 2010-07-18 10:43pm

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thanks for the info, my black widow cranks have the same washer, ill try the oil or just remove it.


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#3 2012-02-22 10:04am

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I wonder if this is the reason why I have the squeak on my SE Big Ripper? It would be nice to not have to replace the BB if I don't have to. 

Sorry to revive such an old thread but I am sure others may have the same issue and may need another idea to pursue.

Awesome bike too!  Hate to see awesome bikes that sound Jaanky!

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#4 2012-02-22 10:25am

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I had a creaky crank on my mongoose some one suggested changing the alloy chain ring bolts for steel ones it sorted the problem.

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#5 2013-06-11 7:57am

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just fixed mine it's was loud too! drive side crank hardware came loose quick tighten. fixed.


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#6 2013-06-11 2:04pm

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I have Redline monster cranks on my 99 mach one an the squeak is almost unbearable.

Deff going to give this a try!!


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#7 2013-07-06 1:58pm

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i changed my rear, swapped out from 18 to 16t. I dont have sealed 3pc cranks, but 3pc with caged bearings. It didn't squeak and creek, now its nasty.. tho, my new rear freewheel isn't new.. it needs to not make noise.. I can't even tell what the noise is some times:rolleyes: well, I can lossen my crank drive and readjust it. other than that, idk bearings not greased enough..?


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#8 2013-07-06 2:27pm

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marked.


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#9 2013-07-07 9:20am

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another suggestion is to grease all the interfaces- especially the bb crush sleeve that goes on the spindle wink


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#10 2013-09-23 6:02pm

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My redlines flights newest ones are a lil squeeky..they were quiet when i installed new enduro replacement bearings...but after reading dedmanns post i remember i was pretty lax on the grease on assembly so after some riding i think thats probably my issue...ill repost after a good greasin...nice bug by the way..


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#11 2013-09-23 8:12pm

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smile


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#12 2013-09-23 8:27pm

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Those are some sick looking rides!!!


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#13 2013-09-24 4:11pm

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00_Duck wrote:

I wonder if this is the reason why I have the squeak on my SE Big Ripper? It would be nice to not have to replace the BB if I don't have to. 

Sorry to revive such an old thread but I am sure others may have the same issue and may need another idea to pursue.

Awesome bike too!  Hate to see awesome bikes that sound Jaanky!

My Big Ripper makes noise too. Did this fix work for yours?


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#14 2013-09-25 12:35pm

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my pedals aren't in the best condition and i think thats what recently has been creaking. its just echoes through the arms but idk.


Bike's don't do the wheelie by themselves

hmu if you have the location of a dk 12t hah.

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#15 2013-09-29 9:20am

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Ok i tore down my entire bb...cups out of frame bearings out cups...lubed every surface and reassembled...no more squeakin..but stil have a creak on both downward strokes of drive and non drive side...only when standin..when sitting its smooth as butter and quiet...heres the question...i have rplaced bearings with enduro brand bearings and i am 215 lb guy on an 03 aluminum redline...would these 2 factors be part of the creak...i can live with a slight creak now that squeakin is gone...any suggestions guys


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#16 2013-09-29 9:23am

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Oh yeah..chain is new..kmc 610? dropbuster ..new cranks sprocket and freewheel ordered for other reasons...should i go ahead and pick up new bb...


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#17 2013-09-29 9:35am

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Cranks?


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#18 2013-09-29 2:18pm

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Wow, none of my OPC cranks with ball bearings have ever squeaked, it must be a superior design smile All I hear is the gentle grinding of sand!


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#19 2013-09-30 9:51am

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lol


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#20 2013-09-30 1:13pm

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I gave up on opc after breaking a set of proseries gts on bike bitd...ive abused gt 3 piece power series and redline flights without any issues but some mild creakin...gentle grindin of sand..yikes


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#21 2013-10-01 5:24pm

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SOLVED MINE...ive got 3 more things ive done to add...did a lil research on da google...on some mtb forums ran into 3 more things you guys can try...first i yanked pedals and greased threads..next pulledspindle bolts and pinch bolts and greased those threads including sprocket bolt and all surfaces that touch a thin layer...next and this last one would work for both opc and 3 piece in my opinion pull your seat post out and grease it up...i did all these at same time cuz i was determined to have a nice quiet bb even on full torque sprints...so if u are having issues trackin one down here are some that worked for me...plus itll keep everything from seizin on u...hope this helps.... oh yeah if i havent said its smooth as butter..redline bb w enduro replacement bearings and 180 flight dub pinch cranks...


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#22 2013-10-08 2:49pm

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recently, i got a diamondback viper and the OPC was ok, I ended up re-pinching the ball cages up together a bit... and yea its a creakin.. problem i saw was when i tore off the pedal -- i didn't take the notice of watching the before and after; when i put it back on the crank arm, i looked at the threads cuz i was suspicious why there is a slight gap between my pedal and the arm, like uh.. Wouldn't that be flush like the other pedal..? I'm thinking that can cause a creak.


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#23 2013-10-08 3:21pm

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Should be flush against crank...hope no cross threading..take it off and clean threads on pedal spindle and threads in crank arm...a lil grease on threads when u reinstall...if that dont fix creakin might need new caged ball set...or pull seat post and make sure it has i thin coat of grease too....try diff set of pedals...list goes on...oh, plenty of grease when u dropped bearings back into cups ..right?


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#24 2013-10-08 9:12pm

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Grease is your friend with most BB issues and headsets too, even between headset spacers on threadless systems, with BB's I always grease every bit as it goes in.

And on the creaking note: if you find creaking with a euro bb be sure to check the drive side for tightness, and always use some type of anti sieze compound when installing them trust me it makes life easier when you need to remove them.


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#25 2013-10-08 9:21pm

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Good stuff here.


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