What lubricants do you use?


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What lubricants do you use?

Postby OlsonBW » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:51 pm



I've done a lot of none grease maintenance on my 2000 GoldWing SE but now I'm getting into it. A good portion of that is the confidence that I have from these documents with the great pictures and instructions along with some great friends that are better than I deserve that have helped me a lot. Still you don't always want to have to rely on them but would like to do things yourself...

So here's the question. What lubricants/greases do you need for this job and more importantly, where do you buy them?

Hopefully someone is watching this post.



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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:33 pm

OlsonBW wrote:I've done a lot of none grease maintenance on my 2000 GoldWing SE but now I'm getting into it. A good portion of that is the confidence that I have from these documents with the great pictures and instructions along with some great friends that are better than I deserve that have helped me a lot. Still you don't always want to have to rely on them but would like to do things yourself...

So here's the question. What lubricants/greases do you need for this job and more importantly, where do you buy them?

Hopefully someone is watching this post.


I have three types of grease that I keep on hand.

The first is Honda Moly Paste which is the ONLY grease you should be using on your spline drives and rear wheel spider. It is required in order to keep your spline drives healthy.



The second is a generic Valvoline automotive grease (both in a tub and in a grease gun). I use this for pretty much anything that needs general lubrication - axles, packing bearings, etc.



The last is high-temperature brake grease. Regular grease will burn when in contact with the high-temperatures that brakes encounter, so special high-temperature grease is used. I use this on caliper slider pins and when required (on cars, mostly) on the spring retainers.



Not a grease, but I also use spray graphite lubricant to lubricate key locks, brake/clutch/speedometer cables, and anything else I want to be slippery, but don't want caked up with gooey grease.



Oh, and with Amazon Prime giving me free shipping, I buy most if not all of this stuff from Amazon, which I have put the links for in this post.

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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby ct1500 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:23 pm

I like to use waterproof grease in the lever (brake/clutch/foot pedal) pivots, bushings and push rods and is often overlooked yet is the simplest to get at. :?:
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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby OlsonBW » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:33 am

[quote="WingAdmin"]
I have three types of grease that I keep on hand...

Thank you WingAdmin and ct1500. I stop and get these on the way home tonight.

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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:55 pm

I use Superlube lubricants, the grease I use on almost all electrical plugs, the same also for places like the control lever bushings. When I had the rear tires off my Honda CX bikes and the Yamaha Venture which are nearly identical to the Wing I used a very tacky no drying spray made for big rig fifth wheel plates as I have a case of it at work, that stuff is very hard to get off. Another spray I just started using is the Amsoil Metal Protectant, its a wax like coating that prevents rust and corrosion, I use it on the undercarriage components of my other vehicles.
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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby OlsonBW » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:44 pm

silverado6x6 wrote:I use Superlube lubricants, the grease I use on almost all electrical plugs, the same also for places like the control lever bushings. When I had the rear tires off my Honda CX bikes and the Yamaha Venture which are nearly identical to the Wing I used a very tacky no drying spray made for big rig fifth wheel plates as I have a case of it at work, that stuff is very hard to get off. Another spray I just started using is the Amsoil Metal Protectant, its a wax like coating that prevents rust and corrosion, I use it on the undercarriage components of my other vehicles.


Thank you.

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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:01 pm

ct1500 wrote:I like to use waterproof grease in the lever (brake/clutch/foot pedal) pivots, bushings and push rods and is often overlooked yet is the simplest to get at. :?:


For the pivots that are out in the wind like that, I use (dry, spray-on) graphite lubricant. Grease tends to collect dust and road grit, which then turns into an abrasive sludge, and has to be regularly cleaned out and re-gooped. Dry graphite lubricates well, but doesn't attract dust or dirt. Either that, or white lithium grease, which is a good lubricant, but not as sticky as regular grease.

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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby OlsonBW » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:50 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
ct1500 wrote:I like to use waterproof grease in the lever (brake/clutch/foot pedal) pivots, bushings and push rods and is often overlooked yet is the simplest to get at. :?:


For the pivots that are out in the wind like that, I use (dry, spray-on) graphite lubricant. Grease tends to collect dust and road grit, which then turns into an abrasive sludge, and has to be regularly cleaned out and re-gooped. Dry graphite lubricates well, but doesn't attract dust or dirt. Either that, or white lithium grease, which is a good lubricant, but not as sticky as regular grease.


Thank you. Great information

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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:21 pm

The small tube of Superlube synthetic grease is clear, looks like a clear toothpaste and is in a fat toothpaste kinda tube, you can get it in a grease gun cartridge, this stuff is salt water proof and makes an excellent grease for any or nearly all electrical connections and plugs, every single time I pull a plug from the dash to the radio plugs I use a daub of that stuff. I am a firm believer in synthetic greases, I even have some old Slick 50 spray lube, but keep graphite away from electrical, especially plug wires, oh and that Superlube grease works very well on plug boots.
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Re: What lubricants do you use?

Postby trike lady » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:26 pm

Bulb grease for the bulb connections and base.


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