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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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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.
Read post # 2 & #3 in this thread. A photograph would be good when convenient.
 

vibrac

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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.
Be careful the "keep em standard" enforcers can come very early in the morning to arrest you
 

craig

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As previously mentioned. The grease nipples are in the spindles and they are press fit in the spindle end. They require a small grease gun, like a chain bar greaser for a chainsaw. Eugene.

Thanks Gene, Are these the V3 spindles? If not, who supplies these please?
Cheers
Craig
 

craig

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I think if you type in - "flush grease nipples" at Ebay , you will find a selection.

Metric Flush Type M6 x 1mm Parallel Thread Fitting

  • Flush Type, Straight, M6 x 1 Parallel Thread
  • Steel, Zinc Clear, DIN 3405
  • Check: Surface Ball, OAL: 8.5 mm, Shank: 5.5 mm Standard
  • Drive: 7 mm Hex
6x1FlushGreaseNipple.jpg
 

craig

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Just thinking about a tool to allow easy replacement of Girdraulic spindles with "drilled" spindles.
Or is there an easier way.
Not sure if 9/16 rod stock is easily obtained
maybe just drill an old spindle?

The idea is to screw it on existing spindle, and push old one out keeping all parts in line, then feed drilled on back in. This would be great for 3 outta four spindles.

But I am not sure about FF3 big end without disassembly??
GirdraulicSpindleReplaceTool1.jpg
 

clevtrev

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Just thinking about a tool to allow easy replacement of Girdraulic spindles with "drilled" spindles.
Or is there an easier way.
Not sure if 9/16 rod stock is easily obtained
maybe just drill an old spindle?

The idea is to screw it on existing spindle, and push old one out keeping all parts in line, then feed drilled on back in. This would be great for 3 outta four spindles.

But I am not sure about FF3 big end without disassembly??
View attachment 13753
Well, that`s one way of finding out if your spindles are worn out.
 

craig

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How do you set and drill a 1/8" hole in this FF14 spindle?
What is the proper drill bit or bits?
What is proper speed ?
What is proper feed technique?
greasefittingsFF14.jpg
 

davidd

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Gun drilling is one solution. A gun drill is a self-piloting drill with a carbide tip and a hole through its length for high pressure lubrication. I would look for a machinist or gun smith who feels comfortable drilling long holes.

David
 

vibrac

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I once managed to drill out a snapped rear wheel adjusting screw (1/4BSF):eek: without damaging the lug thread, but I would not like to try it again
Too far, too thin.
 

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