what lube/grease for general pivot parts?

I want to clean and lube up my bike ...not sure what to use. Just want to grease up like foot pegs, clutch lever, shifter... etc. (not the chain).

What kind of general motorcycle grease should I use?

 

I usually use a lithium garage door grease and PB blaster on my go kart. Not sure its good for the bike though.

Edited by horrorfan

Aerosol white lithium grease. Use it on your tailgate latch and car seat tracks too.

I want to clean and lube up my bike ...not sure what to use. Just want to grease up like foot pegs, clutch lever, shifter... etc. (not the chain).
What kind of general motorcycle grease should I use?
 
I usually use a lithium garage door grease and PB blaster on my go kart. Not sure its good for the bike though.



Grease will make sand and dirt stick and collect in those locations. I'm not that kind of gentleman, and do her dry!

I lube all that you speak of with the same lube I use on my chain. Lucas chain lube, get it at Orielly's auto parts.

10 hours ago, tchetek said:

 

 


Grease will make sand and dirt stick and collect in those locations. I'm not that kind of gentleman, and do her dry!
 

Yeah, just keeping those areas clean is the best thing you can do.

I don't grease those parts often, but when I do, first I use WD-40 specialist Degreaser spray, then I use WD-40 specialist dry lube. Works great for me.


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Use a dry lube. I use a Teflon dry lube.

You know what is a great dry lube?  A pencil!  Yes, it's graphite, just rub it on the part you want to lube. ;)

6 minutes ago, cjjeepercreeper said:

You know what is a great dry lube?  A pencil!  Yes, it's graphite, just rub it on the part you want to lube. ;)

this sounds like a joke... are u joking?

1 hour ago, DirtbikeBradley said:

I don't grease those parts often, but when I do, first I use WD-40 specialist Degreaser spray, then I use WD-40 specialist dry lube. Works great for me.


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I read on multiple forums not to use WD40. I assume its good for oiling things... but I have known since middle school that WD-40 collects dirt very easily.

2 hours ago, Confederate said:

I lube all that you speak of with the same lube I use on my chain. Lucas chain lube, get it at Orielly's auto parts.

this sounds good. I guess if its meant for the chain it is going to be less likely to collect dirt and grime.

After every cleaning i hit the pivot points with chain lube keeps them free and from rusting and from getting gritty

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8 minutes ago, horrorfan said:

this sounds like a joke... are u joking?

 

No, I'm really not joking.  Its an old school trick I learned many years ago.  Pencils are graphite.  What's in your spray dry lube?  Graphite.  It really works.

15 minutes ago, cjjeepercreeper said:

No, I'm really not joking.  Its an old school trick I learned many years ago.  Pencils are graphite.  What's in your spray dry lube?  Graphite.  It really works.

well thats interesting.. ill prob just go with the dry lube the other guys are recommending. lol 

thanks for that old school method.

Edited by horrorfan

You need different lubes for different places and parts need to be clean and dry.

Pegs - I use a good water proof grease.

Controls/cables - Once stuff is dry, I use Maxima MPPL which IMO is designed to repel water and is not sticky. I use it on my chain before I use the correct chain lube and use it with a cable lube tool on my cables every 3 or 4 washes cus.

 




I read on multiple forums not to use WD40. I assume its good for oiling things... but I have known since middle school that WD-40 collects dirt very easily.


The WD-40 specialist brand is not the same stuff. It is a professional-grade mechanics grease. You can get it at Lowes or on Amazon. And yes, I've heard the pro race mechanics say they use the stuff. What do you other guys think?

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wd specialist seems alright.

 

normal wd40 is WATER DISPLACEMENT, took 40 tries to get the forumla right.  its not an anti seize or a lube.

 

ps: greasing your footpegs pivots and shifter???? huh?  thats a first. never heard of that before.   weve got bikes from the 80s, some of which have been outside behind a barn since the 80s.  their shifters still pivot/work, same with the footpegs, theyve seen 30 winters and 30 summers.   what the hell are you guys doing to yours?!  and why does it matter if the footpegs pivot upwards nicely (they only ever move in a crash) anyways??  last thing I care about when tumbling down the trail is if my footpegs are folding smoothly and with no resistance as the bike cartwheels down the mountain haha!!

13 minutes ago, cdf450 said:

wd specialist seems alright.

 

normal wd40 is WATER DISPLACEMENT, took 40 tries to get the forumla right.  its not an anti seize or a lube.

 

ps: greasing your footpegs pivots and shifter???? huh?  thats a first. never heard of that before.   weve got bikes from the 80s, some of which have been outside behind a barn since the 80s.  their shifters still pivot/work, same with the footpegs, theyve seen 30 winters and 30 summers.   what the hell are you guys doing to yours?!  and why does it matter if the footpegs pivot upwards nicely (they only ever move in a crash) anyways??  last thing I care about when tumbling down the trail is if my footpegs are folding smoothly and with no resistance as the bike cartwheels down the mountain haha!!

Ya I'm running Pivot Pegz (which I though were gimmicky until a buddy gave me a pair for free and I'm now sold) and pull them apart about once a year and grease so maybe not be something the average person needs to do

hmmm. interesting.  im almost due for new pegs.

 

they got dull, I sharpened them, got dull again, and then crashed so ones bent, both are super dull... I think theyre done.   ill look into those pivoting ones if you say theyre pretty bad ass, I trust your judgement.

 

ps: using the phone/oruxmaps LOTS.  use it everytime I go.   we have a paper map of all the trail systems. so I whip out the GPS, find where we are on the map, and where we wanna go/turn next... I love it!!  thanks again.  ive used it literally 40 times this year already!!   im thinking of making a bar mount like you got.. it sucks taking my bag off at every corner to get the phone out.

Why I made my mount for my GPS cus same as taking the pack off to drink some beer/water :)

NP with the GPS and glads its working out for you. I'm in the process os sending another one over to @Kompact on Van Isle :)

Then the Pivot Pegz might not be for everyone and not cheap but I MAN I'm really liking them

I use a little Lubriplate on my lever pivots, cable lube on the clutch cable, another film of Lubriplate on the brake lever pivot, normal automotive waterproof wheel bearing grease on the swingarm/linkage bearings (one of the most overlooked pivot points on dirt bikes), same on steering head bearings, nothing on anything else. There are a few things like chain tensioner bolts and brake caliper pins that I use anti seize on. 

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