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Old 01-13-2004, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lubing steering head bearings

I don't know about anyone else, but getting a grease gun onto the steering head fitting is tough. This can be made much easier replacing the stock fitting with a 90 degree angle one. The thread size to look for is 1/4 x 28.

This is the first service I've done on the bike, and what got me was for a 5k service how *much* grease it took to get some to come out seal as per the manual. Makes one wonder if it'd ever been done before. Either it hadn't, or it'll take a half a tube of grease every time. Does a road king REALLY go through that much grease in 5000 miles? Maybe it should be topped off sooner?
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Old 01-13-2004, 12:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Normal practice from the assembly line. Bearings are lubed and that's all!(kinda makes you wonder why the dealer won't squirt some grease as part of the pre delivery inspection $$$ you paid him for.) Anyhow...
Buy a couple of tubes of grease, keep it well lubed. Good habit, once a month especially in rainy climates, give it a couple of shots. Once every 5000 empty half a tube on it, push out the old crap
Mine came with the 90 degree fitting..some do some don't
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Old 01-13-2004, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think the stealers know about the steering head lube zerk, I just did some work on a buddies FL and his was just in for a 10k service anyway his took about a cup of grease or more. Makes you wonder a little about stealers service. Thats why I do my own or go to an independant shop with one wrench only.

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I pumped my Sportster steering head full at the 10,000-mile service. I do not recommend it. While you are riding the grease settles out the bottom of the neck and gets everywhere on the fender, my tool bag, ect. It is even a mess when you go to wash your bike. I learned a lesson the hard way. I greased my Electra Glide at 5000-mile service and just put a few pumps in the steering neck. The grease will settle on the lower bearing over time. Just my experience and thoughts.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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does anyone have picture were grease fitting is for 08 dyna
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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head bearing

I heard there is a grease fitting for the head bearig,I"m wondering if anyone has picture of location?
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sonny ,
unless there has been a change since I had my 02 dyna they do not have a grease fitting for the neck bearings I believe it is only the touring bikes that have this .

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My 11 King has one, and it took a lot of grease to fill it to the top. Luckily the Kings have a top tree that holds the grease that seeps out the bottom from getting all over the bike, gives me time to just wipe the grease of the tree now and then.
My 2000 Sporty had a fitting but my 06 Sporty and my 10 Dyna did not.
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