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Side Stand Grease ?

I've been using a marine grade grease ( I've cut the tube down & the spec's are gone ) on my side stand. All it takes is one day riding on the interstate in the rain & it needs to be greased again. Anybody know what grease would work best?. Maybe nothing will work when getting blasted by water at 70 to 80 mph for 10 to 12 hrs.

I like my stand to swing as free a possible.

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I've been using a marine grade grease ( I've cut the tube down & the spec's are gone ) on my side stand. All it takes is one day riding on the interstate in the rain & it needs to be greased again. Anybody know what grease would work best?. Maybe nothing will work when getting blasted by water at 70 to 80 mph for 10 to 12 hrs.

I like my stand to swing as free a possible.
I used a small palm operated grease gun and grease I got from a bicycle shop. Worked very well, and lasted months at a time. Not exactly the same, but very similar to this: http://www.finishlineusa.com/products/grease-pump.htm

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Re: Side Stand Grease ?

Yup.. I agree with Mr. Shealey... you can get those at Horror Fright too.

Just fill with your Fav and pump it in.

If you are asking about 'WATERPROOF', the white Lithium "marine grade" stuff is ok.. and will not "stain" paint, etc... if it is blown out ,..

What I suggest is that there may be enough grit in the sidestand pivot.. perhaps you could put bike on CS, then operate the SS while "flushing" with WD40 (it is an excellent substance for removing lubrication/cleaning)... then reapply the GREASE.

See if that lasts ya a bit longer.
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Re: Side Stand Grease ?

About a month ago, I sprayed mine with white lithium grease. It seems to be holding up after a couple of rides through the rain.

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Re: Side Stand Grease ?

I have the small hand pump grease gun. I use a small drill bit to remove the old grease from the grease hole then pry the sidestand up until the grease comes out the bottom. Then I pry the sidestand down until the grease comes out the top. I then then move the sidestand in & out several times & grease it again prying up & down each time I squeeze the hand pump grease gun.

As long as I don't do any long high speed riding in the rain it lasts a long time.

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I have the small hand pump grease gun. I use a small drill bit to remove the old grease from the grease hole then pry the sidestand up until the grease comes out the bottom. Then I pry the sidestand down until the grease comes out the top. I then then move the sidestand in & out several times & grease it again prying up & down each time I squeeze the hand pump grease gun.

As long as I don't do any long high speed riding in the rain it lasts a long time.
I have never been able to get it greased good using grease gun. I take the side stand off and clean it good then grease it liberally with a moly grease during reassembly.

Eventually it needs it again, but usually it lasts over 6 months.

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sounds crazy but I like it stiff so it doesn't have a tendency to roll forward and force the stand up resulting in a drop, I always put it in gear when parked but sometimes for get to push it forward to take the play out of the gears,

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Thanks to all for one more thing to think about!

Have you tried the waterproof grease for greasing steering head bearings on bicycles? The stuff I have is green and VERY sticky.

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I put mine one the center stand and work it over with tranny fluid. Nothing is gonna get iinside it unless you have a grease zerk on the pivot. Oil has a better chance of getting inside it. And maybe then cover it with heavy grease to keep it in.......

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I put mine one the center stand and work it over with tranny fluid. Nothing is gonna get iinside it unless you have a grease zerk on the pivot. Oil has a better chance of getting inside it. And maybe then cover it with heavy grease to keep it in.......
There is a grease hole on the stationary pivot housing, a pressure gun is used to inject grease through the hole into the pivot. That is the purpose of the "bicycle" type palm operated grease guns some of us use. Mine had water resistant grease in a tube, purchased in a large bicycle shop. I would pump grease in until it came out the sides, move the stand back and forth a couple times, then put some more in. It would not be practical to put a zerk fitting in the hole because the frame of the sidestand pivots over it. You can also use a small grease gun of the type used for roller nose chain saw bars.

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Is it like the one I use on my air wrenches? If so, I've learned something new.........

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