putting grease nipple in steering head
Posted February 19, 2002 - 02:24 AM
Posted February 19, 2002 - 02:28 AM
If you jet wash your bike alot, its well worth doing & isn't a major task.
Fitting a grease point in the head is the most simplist. Some people strip the head down totally, & then drill & tap a hole for the fitting, i didn't.
I drilled the hole (4mm) taking my time & dipping the drill in grease at regular intervals to ensure that the swarf sticks to the drill bit & doesn't go all over the place. Once you start to break through, extra care is required (ie go slower).
Tap the hole, again using grease to ensure the swarf sticks to the Tap (5mm) & then fit the grease nipple. Pump grease into the head (I normally use high temp. grease due to the oil in the frame heating the head area up) & it takes about 3/4 of a full tube. I've fitted a few grease points to various bike heads & they've all been ok.
The swinging arm needs to be stripped & takes a bit more to do, but it's better than trying to get bearings out which have siezed up.
Posted February 19, 2002 - 03:30 AM
Will inserting a zerk in the head tube provide grease to both the upper and lower steering bearings?
[ February 19, 2002: Message edited by: ddialogue ]
Posted February 19, 2002 - 03:59 AM
A good sticky moly grease will stay on the top bearing (unless you spin it at high rpm, which is impossible ) and then you can look at the bearings when you put grease in!
Posted February 19, 2002 - 09:04 AM
Posted February 20, 2002 - 02:35 AM