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    Steering Head Bearing Grease

    Most grease seems to be sold in cartridges, but I have an earlier type grease gun that requires filling by spatula. Although this can be messy, the gun has served me for more than 40 years and I don't plan to chuck it away!

    My last pot of H-D branded grease needs to be replenished and I see that it's now available in cartridges only, so I'm planning to buy a different brand. I notice that both Lithium and Molybdenum Disulphide types are available. Can anyone offer opinions on which might be best for a steering head bearing?

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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    I use this stuff http://www.team-zx1.com/zx1-store.ht...egory=12530666

    Load it into the greese gun with a spatula/fingers and go.
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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    You can still buy grease in a tub from Halfords.

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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    I use Maxima blue grease, but any fairly heavy grease should do the job. Sounds a bit daft, but it needs to be waterproof.

    I like the look of that ZX1 that Dazzlin posted, but I'm a sucker for that sort of thing and need to control myself!
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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    Check out Morris Oils website Pete. They too still sell grease in tins as I suspect do most brands who still supply to the industrial side.
    Much less involved.....

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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    The bearings themselves would run perfectly fine with either grease, but the moly is mainly used for high temperature (240 deg C ) and is dark grey, so quite messy if it leaches out. EP 2 lithium grease is used by most bearing manufacturers in their bearings originally, so that's my preferred go to.
    avoid the soap based ( rather than lithium ) greases as they tend to 'cake' and form a solid block around the bearings.
    Many places will do a tin, but at £2 a tube, I would just squeeze a 400 g tube into your tin and be done.
    Hope that helps
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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    This from lucas is available in tubs and is resistant to the melting, and subsequent clean up jobs, that seem to plague HD's own and other types used for the head bearing.

    It is also water resistant

    https://lucasoil.com/products/grease/red-n-tacky-grease

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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    Any Lithium based EP2 grease will do the job - there isn't any real loading, pressure or temperature in there to require anything more heavy duty.

    Main problem with Harley steering heads is that grease can leak out - usually at the bottom shield. Firmer or stickier greases can help here.

    As you're changing grease types you might want to strip and clean the whole head before refilling - its not a bad idea anyway every so often as any grease which isn't being used becomes "dead" after a while and can eventually turn into a hard cake.

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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    Why not buy a cartridge of the grease you know and love, cut it open with a stanley knife and spatula away?

    Or borrow a mates cartridge gun and use it to fill up yours from a cartridge - less messy than the spatula

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    Re: Steering Head Bearing Grease

    I found the grease does not do the top bearing but pushes out the bottom. To grease the top bearing the top cap needs to be removed and the bearing greased from the top. The bearing was taken out on my bike and greased. But the top earing never sees the grease.

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