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Girdraulic Grease nipple fitting locations

Brian Thompson

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Hello,
Could someone direct me in the right direction please in regards to fitting grease nipples to the links on the
Girdraulic front suspension?
I tried to find this information on the site but I must be using the wrong terminology.
In "Know thy Beast" E.M.G Stevens says to fit nipples to the FF3 on the eccentric ends at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock. I get that the part. Its at the spindle side Id like to know how many and there location please?
Thank you
Cheers Brian
 

BigEd

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Hello,
Could someone direct me in the right direction please in regards to fitting grease nipples to the links on the
Girdraulic front suspension?
I tried to find this information on the site but I must be using the wrong terminology.
In "Know thy Beast" E.M.G Stevens says to fit nipples to the FF3 on the eccentric ends at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock. I get that the part. Its at the spindle side Id like to know how many and there location please?
Thank you
Cheers Brian
Dear Brian,
I think that on my Rapide there is a single greas nipple fitted to the forward part of the FF3. It is central so that the FF3 is filled by the grease gun before grease actually gets pushed into the bushes. If your FF3 does not already have a hole you might point your usual grease gun at the FF3 and find the spot that allows easiest access. e.g. If you wanted to fit the nipple at the rear choose a point where the front guard doesn't make it difficult to get a straight line fit for the grease gun.
My own preference is to centre drill the spindles ends in the lathe to a depth that equates to half way down the bush and then make a small cross drilling at 90º. This gives very easy access with a grease gun and the grease is fed directly to the bushes.
 

stumpy lord

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Hello,
Could someone direct me in the right direction please in regards to fitting grease nipples to the links on the
Girdraulic front suspension?
I tried to find this information on the site but I must be using the wrong terminology.
In "Know thy Beast" E.M.G Stevens says to fit nipples to the FF3 on the eccentric ends at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock. I get that the part. Its at the spindle side Id like to know how many and there location please?
Thank you
Cheers Brian
What type of bushes do you intend to use??
I have found that using standard oillite or phosphor bronze bushes cause heavy picking up on the stainless steel spindles no matter what grease you use.

What I have found to work is moly impregnated nylon bushes that only need lubricating with moly grease once a year. both Roger and I have used them for many years with virtually no wear apparent. People will tell you that nylon bushes are hygroscopic, and expand over time causing every thing to tighten up. Yes that was true years ago when they first came out, but things have moved on, and the ones I got from Clever Trevor are certainly not Hygroscopic , and are the bees Knees.
 
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vibrac

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Plastic bushes are no longer available at Spares Company I believe. There was it seems no demand,I don't think they were impregnated with moly but I certainly prefered them
 

highbury731

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What type of bushes do you intend to use??
I have found that using standard oillite or phosphor bronze bushes cause heavy picking up on the stainless steel spindles no matter what grease you use.

What I have found to work is moly impregnated nylon bushes that only need lubricating with moly grease once a year. both Roger and I have used them for many years with virtually no wear apparent. People will tell you that nylon bushes are hygroscopic, and expand over time causing every thing to tighten up. Yes that was true years ago when they first came out, but things have moved on, and the ones I got from Clever Trevor are certainly not Hygroscopic , and are the bees Knees.
The Clever One also makes martensitic stainless spindles, which cope better with bronze or nylon bushes
 

Brian Thompson

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Thank you for your responses.
I have the bushes and stainless spindles and stainless eccentrics from VOC spares. I'll get some of the drilled spindles from V3 for the next set of forks. I dropped off the yokes for reaming today and I thought I'd get the grease nipples fitted while there at the shop. Thank you again for your advice.
Cheers
Brian
 

macvette

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On my bike ( open D ) : upper link, one nipple on the rear spindle behind the steering damper knob, on the front spindle , one nipple central pointing up.
Lower link, as you say , the eccentrics have nipples at 8 o'clock ( right side) and 4 o'clock ( left side ) viewed from the spindle ends. Front spindle one nipple central on rear of link pointing slightly down.
Hope this helps.
Mac
 

macvette

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Hugo Myatt

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On my bike ( open D ) : upper link, one nipple on the rear spindle behind the steering damper knob, on the front spindle , one nipple central pointing up.
Lower link, as you say , the eccentrics have nipples at 8 o'clock ( right side) and 4 o'clock ( left side ) viewed from the spindle ends. Front spindle one nipple central on rear of link pointing slightly down.
Hope this helps.
Mac

Take care on the top link if you have a Shadow Speedo. The bracket will swipe the grease nipple off.
 

tatty500

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On FF1 if you put the nipple in the middle, it needs to be as far forward as it can be (well in front of the spindle centre-line) so that the grease gun will clear the head-nut even if a corner is at the front. In Mcvette's second picture you can see the possible problem.
Tatty
 

clevtrev

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On FF1 if you put the nipple in the middle, it needs to be as far forward as it can be (well in front of the spindle centre-line) so that the grease gun will clear the head-nut even if a corner is at the front. In Mcvette's second picture you can see the possible problem.
Tatty
Not if you use an extension nipple. You can actually use it as a safety device by locating it just clear of the flat, and adjusting the nut to suit, so that if (and they do) the nut loosens, the nipple will stop it getting too loose. Plus it gives you a visual of any movement of the nut. Here`s a selection of nipples.nipples.jpg
 

Gene Nehring

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I don't think any one has mentioned the method that allot of guys in Vancouver use. The spindle is drilled with a small diameter drill bit, cross drilled at the bushings and very small flush grease nipple is added to the spindle end .

I removed my forks with this set up and and checked every detail of them. I found no significant wear in the high movement area.

I will add some photos when I am back in the work shop.
 

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