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post #1 of 8 Old 04-18-2017, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Lubing pivot points?

Is there a specific type of lube you would use to lube the pivot points on the bike? Would normal chain lube be okay?

Is there anything else I missed that would need to be lube from my list below?

Clutch lever pivot
Gearshift link pivots
Side stand pivot
Brake lever pivot
Brake pedal pivot
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-18-2017, 08:15 PM
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I use DuPont Teflon Multi-Use lubricant for most of those particular pivot points.

You can get it at Lowes:

I have also used DuPont White Lithium Grease for similar applications: http://www.performancelubricantsusa....ith-teflon.php

For the "Gearshift link pivots", if you are talking about the joints at each end of the shift rod, I would use marine grease. If you are talking about the pivot on the shift lever itself, then use the DuPont lubricant.
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I use what I have, which is just WD-40 and marine grease. So depending on the application I use one of those two lol. The only exceptions are the chain, because I have chain lube/wax for that and the O-ring on oil filters because I just use engine oil on that.

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Spray some lube in your ignition and fuel cap as well. Maybe some on the chrome on the shocks.
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I would not be using chain lube
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Sticky icky chain lube. Ya, I want that all over my bike.
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I have used white lithium grease for almost all of the pivots on the bike for the past 5 years.... I recently took apart the clutch pivot because it had gotten much too tight, and when I put that back together I used light machine oil in the pivot. Not sure why the lock nut had become tighter, but it was causing the lever to bind on the housing.

When I took it apart there was some residue from the lithium in there. I don't think it had anything to do with the action, but I know I am not going to do that again.

As has been said, pretty much any lube is better than no lube -- I too would stay away from anything really sticky. It just collects too much dirt and grit.

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The only greases I find useful are a general purpose lithium grease and copper grease. I use Scottoil for my chain oiler (almost exclusively - I have used gear oil a couple of times in a pinch). I have a can of PTFE spray, but this is very seldom used.

If there's anything particularly mandated for use by the service manual (molybdenum disulphide is an example), I'd use that. Otherwise, the GP grease does for everything I need.

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