X-rings ordered to viscous coupling unit

I visited our local bearing shop at Mansikkala area and they also recommended using X-rings. It seems that the original sealing is kind of square box shape which has a groove on axle facing side that is filled with some sort of foamy stuff. So X-shaped sealing is the closest one generally available product.

Unfortunately they did not had correct size X-ring available and it would have been an order from somewhere longer distance (inside Europe though). They had normal O-ring at that size, but I did not want to take that.

I drove to my favorite hydraulics shop at Kurkvuori area since I knew they also can deliver wide variety of seals and they use a different supplier to order than the bearing shop. It turned out that they were able to order from their supplier X-rings at size I was searching for. The exact size is 5,33 x 46,99mm and I agreed that they will take those when they do their next order to their supplier so I will save shipment costs. So probably X-rings arrive at the end of next week, but I’m not able to fetch them until the week after that due some coming travels. Hopefully the ordered seals will fit to my need, but that we shall see later.

Before the seals arrive I can dismantle the gearbox I taken out from my Sierra at the beginning of 2013 when I replaced also the engine. That gearbox is perfectly OK other vice, but it has also viscous coupling unit surrendered. So I will put this refurbished unit inside that gearbox and I have another faulty spare viscous coupling unit to refurbish sometime later when I have tested does this work as expected or not. 🙂

Choosing the silicone oil

Some years ago I studied this topic a little bit and came to a conclusion that I will use 60000 cSt silicone oils in my Sierra’s center viscous coupling unit. Today I did some Googling and tried to verify do I still agree with the outcome. It seems to be as hard as earlier to find proper facts about this. So I will use the stuff I ordered some years ago:


This fluid is meant to small RC cars, but based some real life tests by the others it seems to do it’s job quite well. I expect that I need to consume 2,5 bottles until the viscous coupling unit is full, but we will see that later.  There are different viscosity fluids available for RC cars ranging from some hundred cSt to 500000 cSt. By what some UK forums are saying you should not use more than max 300000 cSt fluids and there are some bad examples what happens with too thick syrups.

By current knowledge I have I’d say 50000-100000 cSt is the optimal range for normal use car, but people seem to have achieved some good results also with 12500 cSt Scania viscous fan fluids (561072). So beats me what should be used since this seem to be a secret science, but my choice has been made and I’ll use 60000 cSt. Unfortunately it most probably will take quite long time until I’m actually testing how this is working since this is my spare viscous coupling unit I’m working with. And in my car I have a brand new (bought some years ago) Sierra Cosworth viscous coupling unit installed at the beginning of 2013.

Wikipedia article about viscosity:

I also managed to find some specs about the sealings and seems that they should be X shaped O-rings XR 5.33×47.00mm. People seem to have also used standard O-rings with good results, but I think having original like sealing with double contacting surfaces should be much better. But let’s see when I visit local bearing shop with the parts and old rings since they usually are able to give really good hints.



Spare viscous coupling unit dismantled

I finished dismantling my spare viscous coupling unit and preliminary cleaning of the parts. Both sealings were totally end of their life and seems that some plates have been rather hot. But based on my understanding those parts turned to blue because of oil and hot conditions should be perfectly ok to reuse. Next thing is to find new sealings and start assembling it back to one piece.



Some old content added back

I have imported a couple of photo albums from Facebook to my site with “Facebook Photo Fetcher” plugin. Unfortunately it only links the images from Facebook, but they seem to be still available without Facebook login. In case Facebook someday changes the way it gives photos out I need to rethink this solution, but currently this is good enough.

I also added a couple of old pages from the old SIPPONEN.COM system as blog posts to this new one.

4×4 Sierra CityMörö album from Facebook

“This is a photo gallery of my every day car. The philosophy for this project is not to create a show piece “bling mobile”, but to do everything as good as possible and cost efficient way. The expected end result should be something quite different compared to what most tune-up car builders are doing. :-)”

From 4×4 Sierra CityMörö, posted by Sami Sipponen on 5/10/2010 (190 items)

Generated by Facebook Photo Fetcher 2

Other projects album from Facebook

“Minor projects that don’t have their own album”

From Other projects in garage, posted by Sami Sipponen on 4/25/2013 (46 items)

Generated by Facebook Photo Fetcher 2

A bit different subwoofer project album from Facebook

“Let’s create something different and crazy ;-)”

From Project “a bit different subwoofer”, posted by Sami Sipponen on 5/23/2013 (28 items)

Generated by Facebook Photo Fetcher 2

Scrap Heap Rider album from Facebook

“A small lorry that was a bit bad shape…”

From Scrap Heap Rider, posted by Sami Sipponen on 7/21/2013 (78 items)

Generated by Facebook Photo Fetcher 2

Integrations Ready

Seems that about all the features are working which I wanted to get to SIPPONEN.COM:

  • Blog with many publishing features
  • Photo gallery
  • Temperature measurements more or less nicely incorporated to WordPress page template. A bit quick & dirty solution, but good enough. 🙂
  • Facebook integration – blog posts will be automatically published to my Facebook wall without any extra steps
  • Social media integration for easy sharing and commenting
  • Rather nice Android application to publish new content

There still are some things I will try to improve at the future, but now I declare this as a “production ready” web site. If I have enough time & motivation I will try to re-post some content currently in Facebook photo galleries to my new blog, but that remains to be seen.

Biggest challenge was to find from a zillions of different plugins the ones that fit to my purposes and also are trustworthy. I also needed to familiarize myself to WordPress, but from installing point of view this has been very easy process. Currently I only have 3 plugins: Akismet, Eazyest Gallery and JetPack.