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Old 12-12-2006, 06:05 PM   #1
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Front axle grease

What are guys using far as axle grease goes? My front wheel will bearly go around one full rotation. I've been thinking about polishing both my axles and going with the motul tech grease to see if that would help my problem.
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Make sure your fork legs are aligned and everything is torqued to specifications. Also make sure your rotors are not warped. I use standard white lithium grease, nothing more and get plenty of rotation ~ 2.5x
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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I have gotten upto five rotations with calipers installed...this stuff is the awesome!
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:37 AM   #4
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Make sure your fork legs are aligned and everything is torqued to specifications. Also make sure your rotors are not warped. I use standard white lithium grease, nothing more and get plenty of rotation ~ 2.5x
What is the best way to make sure the forks are aligned correctly? I had to replace the fork seals not to long ago and I had a lowside at the last trackday and since then I have noticed the wheel hanging up.
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If you lowsided did you have the forks checked? One may not be perfectly straight.

Once I have everything together, I usually spin the tire a little then lower it off the stand to seat the axle before I tighten everything down, starting with the pinch bolts and then the axle bolt. Like I said I usually get 2.5x rotation. I'm sure if I used Redline grease I maight get more...maybe next time I'm out of lithium grease.
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Old 12-13-2006, 02:20 AM   #6
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Usually if one isn't straight or if your triples are bent you'll have a hard time putting your axle in cause the holes won't line up...You can also check your rotors in your calipers...Take off your front fender and look down into your caliper check if your rotor is in the middle of each caliper, not off to obscenely to one side or the other..If not somethings bent or warped...

Oh yeah, I use honda white lithium grease as well..
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:20 PM   #7
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If you lowsided did you have the forks checked? One may not be perfectly straight.
I plann on getting the forks checked out. I took them off the bike tonight. Can the local honda dealer check them or do I need to send them somewhere? I'll probably just buy a new axle and some of that redline grease after I get the forks checked.
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:06 AM   #8
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Install the axle without the wheel and you should be able to grab it and spin it with minimum resistance. If it's hard to spin or drags your fork legs are not lined up. Also pinch bolts should be tightened after the axle, not that that makes a difference in rotation.
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The axle is stationary and so is the inner race of the bearings. You don;t really need any lube on the axle for the wheel to spin, just for ease of assembly/disassembly.

Put the front up on the stand and loosen the pinch bolts. Drop the bike down and give the suspension a few pushes bask and forth. Then retighten you pinch bolts.

You can also remove the calipers to see if brake drag is a problem.

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I mistakenly thought that greasing the axle and spacers would help with free wheel spin. What a goof I am...
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:52 PM   #11
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It might not help the wheel spin faster but it sure helps prevent the axle from rusting and siezing the wheel. I use Valvoline synthetic blend bearing grease. Any type of bearing grease should be fine though.
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