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How to Lube a Rubik's Cube

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Teardown

    • 3. Handling the Core Components

    • 4. Beginning Assembly

    • 5. The Next Lube Application

    • 6. Applying the Last Lube and Tensioning

    • 7. Fine Tune Your Tensioning

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About This Class

             In this course, you will learn how I personally setup my competition speedcube. The different lubes I use, as well as exactly how much and where to apply the lubricants. I will also touch base on how to tension a cube to your liking. Keep in mind that everyone likes their cubes to feel different and not everybody has the same preferences. If anything, this course may give you a glimpse into how a professional lubes their cubes and you can substitute any of the lubes and amounts to your hearts desire. 

                  For a detailed showing on how to disassemble and reassemble a cube, go here:

            If you are interested in picking up any of the cubes, lubes, or equipment I recommend please follow my affiliate links below:

Speedcube Professional Timer:

Qiyi FBPB Speedcube Mat Small: Out of Stock
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Gan 356XS Cube:

Valk 3 Cube:

Qiyi Sail Cube (budget friendly):

Thunderclap Cube (fair price):

Thunderclap V2 Cube (upgraded cube):

Magnetic Square 1:

Magnetic Skewb:

4x4 Cube:

Mirror Cube:


Megaminx I recommend:

Cube is lubed with:

Gan Lube:

In case you are interested in any production equipment I used to create this course, follow the links below:

My Lighting:
My amazing white desk:
The microphone I use:
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My camera tripod/boom:
The microphone boom I use:
The camera/boom 90 degree adapter:
The camera that I use and I LOVE:
Zecti Camera Slider:

Quick Release Mount:

Motorized Slider Dolly:

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Byron Erwin

Efficiency Is Key


Hey Everyone. My name is Byron. Getting the opportunity to teach people the joy of the Rubiks Cube all over the world is amazing. It's incredibly addicting and very fun. What I find really enjoyable is teaching people how to solve it then watching them grow into faster and faster cubers. This platform gives me the chance to do just that - but on a larger scale. I'm excited to meet and talk to you guys about this awesome past time. Lets get started. 

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1. Introduction: welcome my course on how to Lubick. You'd like a pro. My name is Byron. I am a World Cube association registered speed solving competitors. I have been competing in competition for about the last 11 years or so, and this course is gonna be directed those that already know how to solve the Q. But you're interested in getting your cube a bit faster. Maybe it doesn't cut corners as well as you want it to our Maybe it overshoots to a little too fast for you. Wanna get a little bit more stable? I will show you guys exactly how I set up my own competition cubes. Exactly. That loops I use where I place it, how much I use how high tension we're gonna go through all of it. So that way you can set up your own cube like a pro. And with that being said, let's get started 2. The Teardown: So I'm gonna be showing you guys how I set up my competition Cube. My competition keep currently is the Volk. However, this one is not ready for a re looping. So I'm gonna be setting it up on an F to l trainer Cube today. I was going to use that this one, which is the same as this one, which is the sale, the cheese sale. But this one is my girlfriends, and she already has set up the way that she likes it. So today, I'm gonna be showing you guys how I love my competition cube on this FC. Well, trainer that I'm actually gonna be giving away to a friend. Now, assuming that your cube is unlu and dry just like this one, first thing you're gonna want to do is turn the side any side, 45 degrees, and you're going to take this centrepiece out. Once you get this piece out, everything should just fall apart. Okay, so we'll consolidate all these off to the side and we should be left with a core. Now, the first piece of equipment that you're going to need is going to be a screwdriver. Personally, I recommend getting a J. I s screwdriver, which is a Japanese industrial standard screwdriver that will just keep these from these underneath the center caps. You have these screws that you can adjust the tension on speed cubes. If you get a regular like store bought cube, you may not have this. So I highly suggest getting a speed Cube. If you guys were looking for attention ing or something like that, I'll have links in my course description. So that what you guys can take a look at all the different loops and different cubes that I recommend. So first thing you're gonna want to do is take this screw out of all the sides and there's gonna be a spring inside as well. And there may may also be a washer, so let's get a little close up on this. So now we got this out. There's a spring, and on this one there is no washer. But there would normally be a washer inside there. But this is more of a budget friendly cube, so they trust trying to cut costs where they can. But we're gonna disassemble all of them just like this, and we're going to do all of it except one. Now that you have everything disassembled, this is what you should be left with is just one centerpiece and a core. You want to leave this one in. So that way you have something toe plant down on when you screw in the other side, and then you can take this one off. So now we can begin the looming process. After everything has been organized, we have the center caps are center caps. Over here, we have the parts that attach to the core stocks. Right over here. Edges and corners are a little off here off camera. So now we have our screws. Are springs right here. We could basically leave those together. We're going to eliminate the spring noise right now. That's why we had to disassemble this all the way down to this point. Not only is this going to help to eliminate spring noise, but it's also going to make the cube a little bit more stable and helped keep it from overturning. And you'll see exactly what I'm talking about in just a moment. 3. Handling the Core Components: So now you're gonna break out your towel and leave it off on the side because it might get a little bit messy. Might get a little bit sticky. Maybe having some baby wipes on the side is probably a good idea to. So the first thing you're going to be using is this is known as Traxis 30 K I don't know if you can see the fine print down there, but it does say 30 K So there's a 10-K 30 K and A 50 K and 30 K seems to be just right for what we're gonna be using it for. This is a very thick loop. This is a differential loop that's used in like RC cars. But it has a very, very good place in the Cube world. So because it's so thick, we're gonna use this on the springs and the core, and that way it's going to stay put. It's not gonna migrate all over the Cube and leak out when it gets hot and stuff like that . So we're going Teoh, do a good bit and I'm gonna see if I can get a close up shot here. We're gonna put it on both sides of this spring. You don't have to go crazy here. You just want to make sure that there is enough. So on Ray underneath the screw head, and then we'll set that down, and we're actually gonna get here inside the center cap all the way down in the bottom. All right, now we're gonna take this, We're gonna put it back together. I've got a rag here, got some lube on my finger, and now we're going to assemble this. Now, when it comes to tension ing, you don't really have to worry too much about it right now. Try to make the gap similar to the last one that you left in. So, for instance, this one right here is the last one I left in. And if you can see the gap there on the gap here, this one's a little besides, a little bit bigger. So I'm gonna screw this in just a little bit more just to try to match it. Almost. There I was slightly too far. All right, now we're going to separate it the best way that we can and where you're going to put it right there. where we see the screw sticking out, we're gonna put it there. So that way, these two pieces can slide. Well, so let me see if I can show you kinda hard to show what I'm doing. All right? And then we're going. Teoh, just massage that around a little bit, and this one is done. Now we Now we're going, Teoh, do the other side that we left in. We're basically going to repeat this process for all of 4. Beginning Assembly: once you have everything reassembled and yet again make sure that your spacing is the same on all sides. We're gonna begin the assembly process. I like to start with edges. And this is just what I like to dio. But basically the easiest way to go about it is solve it the same way you would. Beginners method. So do across your corners middle layer, etcetera. But we're going to stop halfway through and we're gonna do the next living. So pick any side you want Starting off with white and orange. I know opposite orange is going to be read, so I'll find my white and red Sometimes this can fight you a little bit And I know Blue is gonna be right over here And I know opposite blue is gonna be green, so I know this one goes over here. Oh, come on, don't fall apart on me. All right. So you kind of got it like this and then going to start with your corners. So this one is blue, Red, white. So I'm gonna find the red and blue side like this. I'm gonna set that in there and was going to do the same thing all the way around. All right, so for the middle layer, you're going to find an edge, and then you're just gonna line up the colors. I'm assuming you kind of already know how to do this. And if you guys don't know how to do this, I have a very detailed breakdown on how to do this and my course, the ultimate guide to solve a Rubik's Cube. I'll post that in the description is, Well, what, You guys can go ahead and go over to my channel on and see the different courses that I have. So we're going to start by just popping that in. We'll do the same thing all the way around, all right. And this is where we stop to do our next step. So we're gonna take our tracks is 30 k It's the same one that we were using earlier for the core, and we're going to just do a little bit on the high traffic areas, so you would typically want to do this on the torpedoes. So the torpedoes, if you don't, If you aren't aware, let me get this bubble out of the way. All right, so the torpedoes. If you're not aware, this is an edge. Peace and a torpedo is right here on most modern cubes. Now, modern speak, use. They're gonna have this little torpedo thing. This little a protrusion right here. I don't know if that's even a word. So that is going to keep the pieces from popping. If you get a lock up, it's not gonna explode all over the table. Most modern speed keeps will have this. So you're going to loop just a little bit. Remember, this is thick. This is going to slow your cube down. But this adds stability, so we're only going to use a little bit of it, and we're gonna put it on the torpedoes itself. And I like to use it where the torpedoes touch the center caps. So it's gonna be hard with all this black. But where the torpedo is kind of touching the center, that's kind of where I like to put it, but yet again, place it wherever you'd like. This is your cue. This is just how I set mine up. And I just like to go catty corner. If I'm gonna do a little like rice size piece over here, I'm gonna do another rice size piece over here. 5. The Next Lube Application: So the next part of the equation is another Lou that I like to use. And this is cubicle silicone. Wait one. So they have weights from, I believe, one through five. And wait one from the cubicle dot com or cubicle dot us or whatever weight one is going to be the runny ist, the thinnest that you can apply. And so you don't want apply too much because it can just seep through the Cuban get all over your fingers. So this this is, ah, pretty watery substances. You can tell if you look at the bubble that's on here, Monsieur Fast that moves around versus the tracks is it's very, very sluggish is much, much thicker. So we're going to apply a little bit of this. And what I like to do is I like to put a little dab on the track kind of right here. And I remember this is this is ah, pretty running. So you don't wanna You don't want to apply too much when you pretty careful here. That's about it. For here. Now we can always add more, so I'm just gonna be a little safe right now because I don't really like a really silicone . Any kind of gummy Hugh. I'm not a big fan, but you might be so yet again. This is just trial and error for you. This is how I set mine up. So now we're going to put on the last pieces. I like to start with the edges, but you can start with whatever way you want. At least two edges. What I like to do and then do Corner corner. All right, so it is now assembled and you can give it a preliminary, you know, little mix. You know, the center center caps aren't on. It's gonna feel weird. Not tension, right? I get it. So next thing I like to do is this is called dnm 37. Dnm 37 is fast in a bottle. That's the best way I could. I could explain this. So the reason why I use three different loops, there's a purpose behind it. So the tracks is 30 k gives this cube some stability. If you have nothing but the d n m 37 or the weight one or use have the fastest lubricant you can throw in this cube. This cube will be extremely fast, but it will be unstable. What I mean by unstable is that you will overshoot when you try and do just an f. It will overshoot just like that. You know, it's not gonna line up the way you want it to. So you're gonna start over shooting and you're gonna start making turns you don't want to make. So you need the Traxis to slow this cube down a little bit. Right now, the tensions are completely out of whack and probably take a whole section right now. So that's that doesn't really apply to this so on. I'm not done. I'm not done looping just yet, but I know that in combination with the weight one and the Dnm, they make a very, very fast combination. The Dnm 37 is water based. So if you put this in there by itself, with no silicone based lubricant just like this silicone, wait one loop. It will end up drying out when the water evaporates, and it will leave a weird film inside the cube. You don't really want that. It's gonna slowly cube down. It's not gonna feel really good. So you need some kind of silicone based lubricant inside the Cube. So that way, when the water does evaporate from this, the basically little liquid properties of the silicone will take over. And you'll still get this slippery, really fast properties of Dnm 37 I'll show you how to apply that in just a moment. 6. Applying the Last Lube and Tensioning: Now let's get started with the Deanna. And like I said, this is basically fast in a bottle you want to be, I guess. Kind of careful with this. So I like to separate it, and I'm just gonna put it right down the center where I see all those parts moving around. If you can see, this is like a black substance right there, and I'm gonna turn around and put it on kind of the opposite. Just do one drop each side. All right, well, bottle that up now. I can already tell there's gonna move this around, get it just to get it. Kind of worked around a little bit. I can already tell this. He wants to blow up because it's super loose. So now I'm going to start working on the tension a little bit. I'm just gonna try and get the tension in a little bit close, so I I know I got I got a mile, you know, miles to go. So I'm gonna start with kind of like 1/4 turn on each side, so definitely still, still few crazy. Now, keep in mind you won't be ableto have a completely accurate feeling on the tension until you put the center caps on without the center caps, it just moves differently. So I just know from experience I'm gonna have tightened this more so I'm gonna do another quarter turn, Perseid. It's really helpful having a G. I s screwdriver. You don't have to worry about stripping out these screwheads. Okay? Getting much closer. All right, let's do another quarter. Okay, Now we're getting in the ballpark. It's a little bit better. So now I do have to touch on the topic of temperature. So when I started doing this a while back, I was gonna I was adding a little bit. Mawr Tracks is 30 k to the Cube than I would have liked. And that was because the Cube just seemed to be a little too fast for me. But then when it cooled down, because right now, with me messing around with it, the temperature of the room and all its I would say somewhat warm the when it was cold, the Traxis wanted to seize up, and it was really, really difficult to move this cube. And it was just a pain, and it kind of made my hands little bit sore after keeping, you know, doing a cubing session. So I would highly recommend being a little bit faster than you want to be. That way, when it's cooler, then the tracks is wants to seize up. It's still gonna be pretty perfect. So just ah, just a something to think of something to consider. So now that I know I'm kind of close, I'm gonna throw center caps on and see what it feels like. Your color scheme doesn't have to be perfect. You're just trying to get a feel what it's like with the center caps. Definitely not. My competition feel completely different than what I used competition. Remember, this is a sale. This is not my bulk. I'm completely not used to this cube so very, very fast. I think tensions are a little on the loose side, so I'm gonna give this another quarter turn. All right, we'll put the center caps back on. Try it again. 7. Fine Tune Your Tensioning: so I have everything assembled. Now, I didn't like final little tension and its still seeming attention might be a hair bit on the loose side. And I feel like it's still just a little bit too fast, even though I want it slightly faster than, uh than what I'm aiming for. So I am going Teoh, tighten this just a hair on each side so I'm not even do 1/4 turn. I'm gonna do it a nudge. I'm gonna put all the center caps back on, and then I'm going to add a little bit of Traxis just a little bit. Remember, you don't want to go too crazy with any of these. So as far as the tracks is coming back up in a kind of apply it to the same area that I applied the Dnm 37. And I'm just going to be very careful about how much I'm applying here a little bit goes a long way, and this can slow your cube down a lot more than you want it to. So be careful. All right. Now it's given a mix, all right, starting to feel a little bit of that. Tracks instability kicking in 10th inning is decent. It's not the best in the world, but it's OK. Speed is a little bit faster than I wanted to be, but that's kind of what I'm aiming for because of the temperature issue I was talking about earlier, I would say that maybe another nudge of tension ing and we should be good. Let me knock that out, let you know, uh, where I'm at. So I ended up retention ing it. I ended up tightening a little bit more than I wanted it. I realized that it wasn't cutting corners as well as I would have liked, so I backed it off a nudge. And that was kind of the area that I'm happy with as faras the amount of lube that was used . Everything seems to be falling into place now, but I've added that tiny bit more tracks is to give it a little bit more stability. Now, when I'm talking about stability and basically just making sure that it's just not going to do random turns, I don't want to as far as how this whole system feels with the different types of loops that I use and how you how I use them. I don't really have a good way to describe it. It just I would. Safe fast. But stable is the best way to put it. It's ah, hair a bit faster than I could manage, I would say. But at the same time, this is a key, but I'm not used to. But it is still stable in the fact that it doesn't really do random turns that I don't want it to do. I would say, as far as this Cube is concerned in this, remember, this is the cheese sale. This is probably the best I've ever felt this queue before. Although I would never take this keeping competition because I have my Volk and this is my baby. So I hope this course was helpful to you. If it did help you, I really appreciate it. If you guys would review the course and let me know if I did something good. If I did something bad, what I could improve on I really appreciate that as well as this Matt. The cubes that I use, the screwdriver, all of the loops, everything that I use and recommend in this course will be in my course description. You guys can follow the link, and it will take you to it. So that way you guys can pick some of the stuff up yourself. And hopefully you can try this out and see what you guys think. Please let me know what you guys think in the review, and I'll see you guys in the next course.