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A friend of mine who is mechanic who works on construction equipment loaned me his battery operated grease gun with a flexible shaft so I could grease my steering head bearings. I told him I was going to go to Harley and buy the special purpose grease and he said nonsense. He said he had some grease that would work better than any other grease and gave me a tube of Maxi-Lube Heavy Duty NLGI #2 Multi-purpose Grease, H2. Made by Chemsearch.
What do you guys think? Would you use it or go buy the Harley special purpose grease?

PDF file from Chemsearch:
http://www.chemsearch.net.au/Product Technical Specification/Maxilube.pdf

Says on tube to avoid mixing with clay or bentonite greases. Not sure what is in the bike from the factory. I can't find any data or specs on the Harley special purpose grease. And from what I hear, the bike comes from the factory empty as it supposedly takes about a full tube to fill it up at the 1000 mile service.
 

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I think this is one of those like oil, and transmission fluid. Your local HD should have the msds sheet on their products. Tha will give you the information. I bought their grease and love the zert fitting my old bike I would have to pack the bearing by hand.
 

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If it was wheel bearings it would make some difference, but for steering head bearings it really doesn't matter as long as there is something in there called grease.
Harley doesn't "specially formulate" anything, they send out the specs they want to potential bidders and whoever sends back the low bid on a product that meets the specs gets the job, that's how it works in big business.
If your buddy's grease holds up the the riggers of construction equipment, your steering head bearings will be just fine.
 

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You might be surprised by the lack of grease from the factory and its not always done with the dealer prep. I would not worry to much about using the grease your buddy offered up. Pump away!
 

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You can use any multi-purpose bearing grease. Some bikes dont even have any grease in them from the factory. Theses arent bearings that spin at high rates of speed like wheel bearings, they move a few degrees to left and right. You wont need anything fancy in them to keep them lubricated
 

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I use green grease.
 

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Alright....I'm going to use it. That is what is already in the tool he loaned me. Plus, he gave me brand new tube.
 

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The grease fitting on my RG with 915 miles looks clean as a whistle. No evidence of grease or dust or anything stuck to it. Makes me think that no one has put grease in it yet. Waiting for my two kids to go to bed then I'm going out to the garage to complete part of the 1000 mile service. It is supposed to get back into the 60's at some point this week. I'll go for a ride and change the fluids, go over bolts, etc.
 

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Got it done last night. Was a one beer job. Real simple. Having the battery operated grease gun made it sweet. Just hooked it up and pulled the trigger. Kept checking around the top and bottom of the steering neck for grease to come out. I should be good to go.
 

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Got it done last night. Was a one beer job. Real simple. Having the battery operated grease gun made it sweet. Just hooked it up and pulled the trigger. Kept checking around the top and bottom of the steering neck for grease to come out. I should be good to go.
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Please follow up after a while and let us know if you see any gobs of grease oozoi out days, weeks or months later. i think you were lucky scoring an electric grease gun with a full tube. Pump away! When you see grease starting to ooze out giver a few more to be sure you pushed all new grease through those bearings. You may never have to lube again considering what moco factory ships them out like.

I can not find a nipple on my '05. Any suggestions?

enjoy the ride
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I can not find a nipple on my '05. Any suggestions?

enjoy the ride
HRD
According to the parts diagram, item number 40 should be there on the left side of the frame in the neck of the steering. Since they don't always grease the bearings, maybe the assembler figured you did not need one :D

http://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche.com/ronnies//showmodel.asp?Type=13&make=hdmc&A=524&B=31&vehicleid=2005-Harley-Davidson-Street-Bike-FLTRI-ROAD-GLIDE%AE-%28INJECTION%29-%28FS%29-FRAME-ASSEMBLY-W/-SWING-ARM-AND--JIFFY-STAND
 

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I used Lucas Red and Tacky about 5k miles ago - no mess whatsoever even after my 2300 mile Sturgis trip. On a side note, I pumped quite a bit but could never get it to squeeze out from the top bearing ... just kept coming out from the bottom. Anyone else have this issue?
 

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I used Lucas Red and Tacky about 5k miles ago - no mess whatsoever even after my 2300 mile Sturgis trip. On a side note, I pumped quite a bit but could never get it to squeeze out from the top bearing ... just kept coming out from the bottom. Anyone else have this issue?
You can sometimes take a piece of rope or thicker gauge wire and wrap it tightly around the bottom bearing gap, closing the gap, and it will force the grease up to the top bearing.
 

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What, wheres the Amsoil guys. Surprised they aren't jumping in here claiming how your steering will lockup and the bearings will seize if you use anything but their grease.

Pick your favorite color of grease and squirt it in there till it oozes out of the upper and lower cups. You'll have to wipe it off a few times after some riding but that perfectly normal.
 

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Thanks, Triplej. I actually tried something similar with rolled up paper towels -had it stuffed all the way around nice and tight but the grease still found it's way out. I'll try the rope next time.
 

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What, wheres the Amsoil guys. Surprised they aren't jumping in here claiming how your steering will lockup and the bearings will seize if you use anything but their grease.

Pick your favorite color of grease and squirt it in there till it oozes out of the upper and lower cups. You'll have to wipe it off a few times after some riding but that perfectly normal.
The steering head bearings locked up on my last bike when I put Amsoil in the Tranny, WTF?? :eek:
 

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I can not find a nipple on my '05. Any suggestions?

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Look under the bracket that's holding up the fairing, on left side. I took a grinder to the bracket for clearance and put a 90 degree fitting on there... no way you could get to it without some very low profile special fitting. (if at all).

And I'm not one who believes any grease is good grease. Some greases don't work as well in a hammering non-rotating timken. Harley had neck bearings failing at low mileage and great deal of regularity with the Springer front end (not same as ours obviously), but after a change in grease they were able to get that problem under control. I believe there was a harley internal tech note for it too. Want to say this was late 90's. Call me stubborn... but the HD branded grease is all I've ever used since.
 

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I used Lucas Red and Tacky about 5k miles ago - no mess whatsoever even after my 2300 mile Sturgis trip. On a side note, I pumped quite a bit but could never get it to squeeze out from the top bearing ... just kept coming out from the bottom. Anyone else have this issue?
I had the opposite problem with the grease coming out of the top but not the bottom.
 

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Got it done last night. Was a one beer job. Real simple. Having the battery operated grease gun made it sweet. Just hooked it up and pulled the trigger. Kept checking around the top and bottom of the steering neck for grease to come out. I should be good to go.
You just might be the first guy on this forum who, although not discharging a firearm, pulled the trigger without purchasing a single thing. Congratulations!
 
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