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post #1 of 25 Old 09-06-2010, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Grease - What kind?

Getting a new tire put on my Wee, so I pulled the rear wheel off myself to save a few dollars with labor cost. I cleaned everything up real good while everything was off the bike and easily accessible, but in the process I wiped away some "dirty grease" that had grime/dirt in it. I'd like to replace this grease but don't know exactly what type to get. Will regular "general purpose" grease work? I've seen Lithium, Hi-Pressure, Hi-Temp, waterproof, Petroleum, etc... All different kinds and I want to make sure I get the right one for this purpose.

Any suggestions? I'll look back through the Owners Manual and search this site again, but please chime in with what will work best for all those rear tire moving parts.

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please chime in with what will work best for all those rear tire moving parts.
No grease anywhere near the rear tire would be a good thing.

Likely what you cleaned up is crap that had accumulated from chain lube fling.

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If your just talking about a little grease on the axle as it all goes back together this is what I use,

Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease - Scooter - Motorcycle Superstore

The bearings are sealed, you can't get to them. Really not much there to grease.

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Could be the beginning of The Big Grease Thread :biggrinjester:

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The only things that need grease on the rear wheel & axle are good grease in the bearings if they are open (or sealed-one-side) bearings and anything slippery on the axle shaft so it'll come out easy next time.

The Bel-Ray waterproof aluminum complex grease is a great choice. Not quite as good are the usual lithium or lithium complex greases. Grease of #2 consistency rated GC (for wheel bearings) and LB (for chassis) is good.

Grease is a combination of thickener, oil, and additives. The thickener (base), kind'a like a chemical sponge that holds oil in its pores, is the key to waterproofness and compatibility with other thickeners. Lithium and lithium complex bases are the most common, good water resistance, and compatible with most other bases. Aluminum complex base has excellent water resistance and is compatible with lithium & lithium complex. Incompatible greases when mixed result in a black mess that does not protect the parts.

The oil held by the thickener can be conventional or synthetic or a blend with the usual characteristics.

Additives are added for extreme pressure, anticorrosion, tackiness, antioxidation, dye, etc. Teflon bits in grease are good, as are graphite and moly in the right applications.

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StromTech, you are correct, no grease near the rear end, I agree. This is simply the grease that lightly coats the bearing cups and axle. It is only a small amount, but I cleaned it up and want to replace it before the rear tire goes back on.

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Don't know if it's the right stuff or not but I have a lifetime supply of this and use it for anything I feel needs grease, and maybe a few things that don't.

I know this probably doesn't help, but hey it's is a grease thread!

Oh yeah, I force new grease into the sprocket carrier bearing at every tire change.
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The axle doesn't spin, so the grease isn't really needed for that. What a light coating of grease does is make the axle easier to slip out the next time you get it. It'll also protect it against corrosion.

Whatever you have on hand will work. The BelRay waterproof grease is good to have and will come in handy when you need to repack the wheel bearings. It's what I would use.

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Don't know if it's the right stuff or not but I have a lifetime supply of this and use it for anything I feel needs grease, and maybe a few things that don't.
I know this probably doesn't help, but hey it's is a grease thread!
Oh yeah, I force new grease into the sprocket carrier bearing at every tire change.
It's interesting to note that the Mobil grease won't play well with the Bel-Ray grease.

"Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease is an extremely stable grease compatible with all other greases, except clay base grease,"
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If your just talking about a little grease on the axle as it all goes back together this is what I use,

Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease - Scooter - Motorcycle Superstore

The bearings are sealed, you can't get to them. Really not much there to grease.
I can tell you for sure, that on 2007 DL-650 bikes, bearings are NOT sealed. My guess is, that is true for the other years as well.

I have replaced my wheel bearings with sealed wheel bearings.

I can also tell you that if you do not lightly grease up the Sprocket Drum Retainer, (Usually #8 in schematic diagrams), it will "freeze" to the Sprocket Carrier, (Usually #5 in schematic diagrams).

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