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    I have been gathering all my parts for my roadstar project as well as stripping and painting all the parts. Attached I posted some photos of suspension bushings and the importance of lubricating as well as using the proper type of grease. The most common additive in grease is lithium, lithium when encountering water will turn to a soap which then gets washed away from the very parts you’re trying to protect. This led me to start looking at different name brand motorcycle and watercraft “supposedly water proof” greases that contained lithium. My frame is a documented 10k mile frame and all the bearing sleeves or bushings are ruined with deep gouges. I ended up buying Bel Ray grease the main ingredient is aluminum which doesn’t turn to soap when encountering water. After viewing the pictures hopefully it will convince you to check and lube all your bearings, for safety as well as the fact you’re suspension will perform better when it’s able to pivot free.
    thanks,
    Rob

  • #2
    The manual clearly states what grease to use where and how often, not rocket science but a manual is mandatory for doing your own service.

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    • #3
      And to think, manufacturers fail to add a cheap, simple fitting, that has been around since the early ‘30’s, to these pivot points. Dern shame the zerk is unknown to modern designers.

      Two thoughts come to mind. If one isn’t into self maintainance one will need to take it to a dealer to have all those bearings serviced listed in the timetable ($$$), or they’ll be purchasing new parts (more $$$$).

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      • Father Pobasturd
        Father Pobasturd commented
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        The zerk prolonged bearing life, that's why you don't see it anymore. You get sealed bearings that eventually dry up. Planned obsolence...the Japs invented it,and we are living it.

      • Father Pobasturd
        Father Pobasturd commented
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        snafu

    • #4
      Roadie Mort, notice the manual actually recommends “ lithium soap base grease” why would they recommend a product that turns to soap when it comes in contact with water? This strips all the lubrication from the grease. Like putting a screen door on a submarine. Maybe the manufacturers are building in profit for repairs and parts ?

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      • #5
        I spent 350 dollars replacing all the seals bearings and bushings. I think shop labor is 80-90 an hour easy 7-800 dollar repair

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        • #6
          I understand what you are saying but part of the problem is also the manufacturer don,t put enough grease in the parts to get past your first service interval so many fail prematurely. Ron did point out a remedy by installing zerk's as many have done over the years.

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          • #7
            I just wonder if the designers did not want grease zerks on them, so that you have to physically inspect those parts. Although at say .50c each, the costs add up.

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            • #8
              The funny part is the bushings or sleeves have holes pre drilled to let the grease pass through. Since I have more time than money I’m going to drill and tap the holes in the relay arm and put the grease fittings in

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              • roadiemort
                roadiemort commented
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                You can also put them in your steering head as others have done.

            • #9
              In the manual it states Moly grease. It is a Extreme use area. And to fill that area with moly would suck. That shit would be running out for years.
              Pack the bearings with molybdenum grease a little on the bushing. Good till next year. And by the way, The bearing in the swing are can be a PITA to come out.
              Is the word PICTURE a picture?

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              • Rob in FL
                Rob in FL commented
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                I got all of them out, and you are correct, it was a pain in the hind end !

            • #10
              https://www.mclube.com/products/lubr...BoCvGMQAvD_BwE What the dang hell do you think moly is? same shit!

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              • #11
                I am thinking about adding grease fittings to my 2001, what are locations that everyone would recommend? and are there recommneded fitting sizes? I saw this picture from another post and I am interested in performing my own preventative maintenance. Pictures would be appreciated? Can this be done without disassembly?





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                • #12
                  I but red line synthetic bearing grease....used it in swing arm....steering head....everywhere. pretty much water proof...dosent run out easily...stays put...
                  LET'S RIDE

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                  • #13
                    I use Aeroshell7...............
                    I March on the Road of Bones

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                    • #14
                      I'm up for learning all about these bushings, and how to better preserve them, and prevent their failure... Install zerks where? How? Sure thing! Who's up on it, and can share first-hand experience here? Is that one near the bottom of the steering head the way to go... pump grease there... will it get to, and lube the lower steering head bearing???

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                      • #15
                        Originally posted by Questcap View Post
                        I'm up for learning all about these bushings, and how to better preserve them, and prevent their failure... Install zerks where? How? Sure thing! Who's up on it, and can share first-hand experience here? Is that one near the bottom of the steering head the way to go... pump grease there... will it get to, and lube the lower steering head bearing???
                        +1 on who is well versed on the installation of zerks and what type of lube to use and will share this knowledge with those that want to learn. . As these bikes get older parts will become harder to fine and more expensive so i'm all about preserving the parts we have.
                        2012 Road Star Silverado S

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