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Old 11-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering Head Lubrication

2012 UG Limited 5600 miles, my manual says to pump grease in until it flows out from top and bottom, I pumped a lot in there but don't see it. Any ideas
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if it's the first time this has been done, it will take most of a tube of grease to fill er up.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if it's the first time this has been done, it will take most of a tube of grease to fill er up.
Yep. Not a whole lot in there to begin with and the first 'lubrication' takes a whole lot more than you might guess. Also, you might want to consider 'marine grade' grease.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if it's the first time this has been done, it will take most of a tube of grease to fill er up.
Thanks everyone, took almost the whole tube, but it came out top and bottom.

Its great doing you own maintenance on your bike, 2012 it has never been back to HD.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use Hi Temp Grease down here, keeps it from getting all over in the heat of summer
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use Hi Temp Grease down here, keeps it from getting all over in the heat of summer
I just used what HD had, I live in Florida, not bad now, but this summer.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use Hi Temp Grease down here, keeps it from getting all over in the heat of summer
I didn't think Hi Temp meant to use for ambient temperature, thought it was for applications that generated hi heat. You learn something all the time.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Remember to check for grease that works its way out and wants to blow back all over your tank...
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I didn't think Hi Temp meant to use for ambient temperature, thought it was for applications that generated hi heat. You learn something all the time.
it just keeps it from loosing it's viscosity and running out the bottom bearing. Mid summers here can be in the triple digits and the standard grease winds up on the outside of the neck, all over the front head and on your front fender... not a large amount, but it makes a mess when you are cleaning your bike
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Greases can bleed even at room temperatures even if a high temp high quality grease is used. Just depends on how good the grease manufacturer blends all the components together in the manufacturing process. Seems that the bleeding problem is more common with the cheap greases though.
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Can't remember ?

I used a Thick Red, Fully synthetic grease ?????... Most of two tubes was used BOTH top and bottom did show up at the same time...

IF the bottom shows up and the top will not,,,,Take a wide shoelace and pull it around the bottom of the neck to hold back the grease Then Pump.... It will show up out the top...

Yes it can be messy but think of the $$$$$$ HD saves by Brill Creaming the neck bearings. (a little dab will do you'a)

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Greases can bleed even at room temperatures even if a high temp high quality grease is used. Just depends on how good the grease manufacturer blends all the components together in the manufacturing process. Seems that the bleeding problem is more common with the cheap greases though.
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Must be the Harley OEM Grease is cheap crap, I had to push it all out before it stopped getting all over my bike, the high temp that is in it now stays put, no more than needing to wipe a little off the lower bearing once in a while
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it just keeps it from loosing it's viscosity and running out the bottom bearing. Mid summers here can be in the triple digits and the standard grease winds up on the outside of the neck, all over the front head and on your front fender... not a large amount, but it makes a mess when you are cleaning your bike
Thanks will keep an eye out for it, I guess the only way to fix it is to pump high quality grease in until that flows from top and bottom, but will watch the HD grease this summer. Thanks for that info.
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I've been using "Green Grease" in fork stem bearings for quite a few years. Even in the deep south, don't see any weeping that sprays all over the bike.
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