What grease for steering head bearings?

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  1. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    Looking for something that can be bought at a local Checker, Pep Boys or Wal Mart and not some special Honda or KTM labeled super slick expensive stuff that has to be ordered.

    Want to be able to use for steering head bearings, shock linkages and wheel bearings when needed. Up to now Ive used the red, heavy duty grease for my bearings and shock linkages with occasional steering head bearing set too.
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  2. anotherguy

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    I use BelRay waterproof grease. Whatever you get just be sure it's waterproof grease and everything will be fine.
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  3. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    the quart tub of red heavy duty wheel bearing grease is what I go to when I want something to stay slippery (that didn't come out right:huh).
    Unless I know it'll be high temperature, then it is the synthetic brake grease from a tube.

    Isn't all dino grease waterproof? Or am I missing something?
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  5. anotherguy

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    When churned up by bearing action some greases will mix with water and lose all lubricating properties. Just read the label and be sure it states clearly it's waterproof.
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  6. P B G

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    Ya, luckily there are a ton of waterproof axle/wheel bearing trailer greases that are more than sufficient for steering head bearings.

    Sadly what kills steering head bearings isn't so much the lubrication as the fact that bearings are designed to spin, and you go thousands of miles with just a few degrees of turning left/right with the majority of that in a couple degrees of middle and straight ahead vibrating.
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  7. troidus

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    Which makes me wonder why they use tapered rollers instead of sleeve bearings.
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  8. P B G

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    Sleeve could still oblong under that sort of continuous load, and would probably bind more rapidly when worn than a tapered roller does when notched.

    The service life of those bearings is pretty good on road bikes.

    I would take one where the race was mounted in a unit that could be rotated periodically. Set screw and turn it 15 degrees counter clockwise and go another 30K.
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  9. stainlesscycle

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    use waterproof grease. another cause of wear is loose stem lock nut. play in the stem will destroy them quickly.
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  10. DRZ400SK4

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    OMC Triple Guard.

    It can be bought at any boating or marine supplies shop, and it's designed to stand up to the rigors of marine use. Great stuff for suspension links, head bearings, and wheel dust seals. Pretty much as waterproof as any grease can be.

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  11. ADV8

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    MOREYS BIGFOOT EP GREASE

    Description:
    CATEGORICALLY THE BEST HIGH TEMPERATURE /MULTI-PURPOSE/ TACKY-ADHESIVE EP GREASE FOR HEAVY DUTY, SEVERE SERVICE APPLICATIONS. Product Description: BIGFOOT GREASE is a superior Lithium Complex Grease to provide excellent lubricating qualities over a wide range of temperatures. Designed for work under the toughest conditions in operating temperatures from -40°F to +450°F (-40°C to +200°C ), with excellent mechanical and chemical stability. BIGFOOT is the grease designed to always ''stay in place'' under the worst operating conditions of water-dirt-mud, providing maximum protection.

    When they say tacky :huh they mean tacky. :lol3
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  12. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    that's great an all, what with all these fancy names and brands but my initial question still stands: can these be had at a local auto shop or walmart? That is the key to my post.
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  13. anotherguy

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    Sure just read the label.
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  14. Wasser

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    Sta-Lube PN# SL3151

    It is NLGI #2 white lithum, EP, water proof grease.

    NAPA carries it. It's boat trailer, wheel bearing grease. Exact cross reference to the grease called for in a Honda service manual for steering head bearings.
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  15. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I use that grease also (for most everything) and I've always wondered what makes it 'waterproof' over other greases which are not ?
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    I don't know what makes it waterproof. But the difference is when water is introduced it doesn't get churned into a milky paste by bearing motion.
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