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Grease that side stand??

Every time I get around to greasing my side stand the hole is so plugged with dirt that I have to get out the drill bit to clean it out.

Does anyone have a method to keek the dirt out???

I have thought about tapping the hole for a every small screw. Just would like to get a little feed back first.

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Re: Grease that side stand??

I wish I had a better cure, but I always just disassemble the stand and grease it manually. I have never had luck with the grease port.

Your post made me wonder if a small piece of duct tape over the hole might work. Of course you would have to have it really clean for it to stick.

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I wish I had a better cure, but I always just disassemble the stand and grease it manually. I have never had luck with the grease port.

Your post made me wonder if a small piece of duct tape over the hole might work. Of course you would have to have it really clean for it to stick.

Ron
x2 ..........that is the method I use.........I really haven't figured out a better way but, you can always just hit it with a little 'White Lightning'............it will soak in and it will make things slippery, for a while....................I just include the tear down in the scheduled maintenance............
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Re: Grease that side stand??

I just sprayed some white grease in it the other day. I was going to post this question, but since this post came up, here it is. While on the center stand and with the side stand down, should there be approximately 1-inch of play in the side stand? I can grab the bottom and move it (out towards me) up about 1-inch and am just wondering if this is going to fail, or is this normal?
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Re: Grease that side stand??

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I just sprayed some white grease in it the other day. I was going to post this question, but since this post came up, here it is. While on the center stand and with the side stand down, should there be approximately 1-inch of play in the side stand? I can grab the bottom and move it (out towards me) up about 1-inch and am just wondering if this is going to fail, or is this normal?
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Mine was like that from day one. It appears normal.

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Mine was like that from day one. It appears normal.
Thanks John. After 10 years just one more other thing I learned about my bike!

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Re: Grease that side stand??

While on the center stand, pull the side stand down, stuff a lot of rags below and spray underneath with a can of brake cleaner till all the gunk runs out ,(on the rags) Then spray with white lithium grease. Works like greased lightning !!
Do the same with the shifter linkage before it breaks.

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Re: Grease that side stand??

+1 on the brake parts cleaner.

If you grease the sidestand well, the grease acts like a dirt magnet and it gets very gritty and grimey.

I blast the whole thing with a can of brake parts cleaner. Periodically pump grease through the grease hole and that forces out more grit. More brake parts cleaner until all the grit is flushed out.

Moving the sided stand from extended to retracted, and up and down over the the range of the stand on its pivot shaft allows getting the cleaner in there.

A shot of grease and then spray with some good old chain lube (remember that stuff?). NAPA has a Chain and Cable Lube which penetrates well and then dries and leaves a thick grease. Great for getting grease into areas where the grease gun doesn't force it.
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I use a needle grease gun adaptor. Been using these for years on heavy equipment. Never a problem. In fact it can make quite the mess if you pull the trigger to long...

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Re: Grease that side stand??

Charlie, I have a can of lithium grease that sprays out in liquid form and then becomes grease. Any problems using this stuff?

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Charlie, I have a can of lithium grease that sprays out in liquid form and then becomes grease. Any problems using this stuff?

Loren
No problems I can imagine.
I figure if the sidestand goes up and doesn't get stuck halfway, it's all good.
The spray lithium is pretty easy to find and easy to use.
I have both spray lithium and the NAPA Chain and Cable Lube, the chain lube leaves a thicker, heavier grease than the lithium so I suspect is may last a little longer, but I'm just guessin' there.

The reason I spray in addition to lubing at the grease point with a needle adaptor on the grease gun is that the grease gun applied grease always seems to end up in the lower part of the sidestand joint, no matter what position I hold the sidestand I can't seem to get the grease to inject into the upper part of the joint. So I spray it with the cable lube too.

I probably do it once a year. And I'll be there are few folks who spend as much time on dirt roads as I do. My sidestand get DIRTY
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Re: Grease that side stand??

Just don't do what I did. I knocked my drill index off the bench & put all the drills back in the index that didn't snap in two when they hit the floor. The next time I used a drill that I turn by hand to remove the grease from the hole it broke off. I couldn't believe it broke off just by turning it with my hand until I remembered that the whole index had fallen on the floor. One of these days I'll have to take it apart to get the broken piece out. I'm thinking of trying Anti-seize next time I lube it to see if it last any longer.

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