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What lube/grease do you use when replacing the back axle after a tyre/tire change?
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I keep a tub of Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease on hand for when i lube the clutch cable and when i take off a wheel.


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I do like a man who keeps a tub of grease handy!!!!!

Seriously, thanks Joe, now does that grease have a high melting point?
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I do like a man who keeps a tub of grease handy!!!!!

Seriously, thanks Joe, now does that grease have a high melting point?

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+1 for the BelRay stuff weljo posted. I use the same. A tub of that stuff has lasted a dozen years, and I remove the wheels several times a season. I clean the axle and apply a thin coat every time I have the axle out. Never had a problem with a stuck/seized axle.
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Thanks v much to both of you, l'll buy some 2morrow,,,
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FWIW - I use Walmart's "Super-Tech" Extreme Pressure, Hi-temp grease. It's red, and I use it for axles, bearings, steering stems, etc.

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Wow!!!...I can't believe all the technical info that goes with something like a tub of grease, click on the link & scroll down if you don't believe me!!!

Anyway, I wonder if 500'f is safe....really, that axle must get up to some crazy temps when your going at freeway speeds & above on a 100'f day!!!
Auto-ignition temperature 500 F (260 C) estimated
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Wow!!!...I can't believe all the technical info that goes with something like a tub of grease, click on the link & scroll down if you don't believe me!!!

Anyway, I wonder if 500'f is safe....really, that axle must get up to some crazy temps when your going at freeway speeds & above on a 100'f day!!!
Auto-ignition temperature 500 F (260 C) estimated

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FWIW - I use Walmart's "Super-Tech" Extreme Pressure, Hi-temp grease. It's red, and I use it for axles, bearings, steering stems, etc.
Thanks Ed, the price looks right but I can't find any info on operating temp;s, although l'm sure you've given it a thorough testing!



http://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Tech...Specifications
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I keep a tub of Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease on hand for when i lube the clutch cable and when i take off a wheel.


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Been using this stuff for nearly 25 years. Best out there by far. Wipe some on your garage floor and try to clean up without using some carb spray
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The shop I go to uses Bel Ray, and that's what I use too.

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Is that Bel Ray a white (lithium) grease?

I use wheel bearing grease, cheap and nasty, comes in a tube that I bought for probably $3 a decade ago. Have used it on at least 5 of my bikes, same tube, never had a problem. That is the proper application for it.

My Scottish heritage shows, I guess. After all, we did invent copper wire, fighting over a penny.
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Is that Bel Ray a white (lithium) grease?

I use wheel bearing grease, cheap and nasty, comes in a tube that I bought for probably $3 a decade ago. Have used it on at least 5 of my bikes, same tube, never had a problem. That is the proper application for it.

My Scottish heritage shows, I guess. After all, we did invent copper wire, fighting over a penny.
No, it's a regular hi pressure grease that stays put and won't turn to liquid on a hot day. I use it on everything and nothing shows the first sign of corrosion or squeaking.
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...Anyway, I wonder if 500'f is safe....really, that axle must get up to some crazy temps when your going at freeway speeds & above on a 100'f day!!!
You got MAJOR problems IF your axle is getting hot - properly greased bearings (I believe...) would NEVER exceed ambient by many degrees, unless they were failing....

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You got MAJOR problems IF your axle is getting hot - properly greased bearings (I believe...) would NEVER exceed ambient by many degrees, unless they were failing....
I agree. Might be that some people imagine that the axle is spinning when wheel is rolling?

I think that the purpose of the grease on the axle is to facilitate removal and replacement.
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