Hey guys, I have an XL1250N that I trashed my maingear on by primering and painting an old drive pulley and not cleaning up the mating surfaces. This must have allowed enough space for it to develop enough slop over 800 mi. that I was about to throw the belt. The splines hammered out the pulley and the face of the splines was rounded and the face of the race was badly scored. Expensive lesson learned.
I am in the process of rebuilding it now, but I also have an XL1250R that I recently went to replace this seal on and found the grease from the end needle bearing had flung out. A forum member on XLF, steelworker, told me about your grease zerk fitting and was kind enough to look into getting me a few. Awesome idea Maz...can't believe this isn't a factory part by now.
I did have a few questions about it if I may. Can you "feel" when you have filled the void with grease and have pushed a pump or two worth into the bearing like you can with most things with grease fittings or is it all a guestimate? Any concerns pumping grease back into the bottom end? DO you only want to grease the outboard bearing, or are we trying to also hit the inner bearing?
It appears as though the factory used a simple tan colored high-temp bearing grease here...would the red Mobil-1 synthetic work instead or should I consider a whole new grease gun and lube? I had to go that route unless I have to because I will only use quality Lincoln brand guns after having so many cheapos leak out on me. I would think grease would be preferable to 20w50 wouldn't it? I'm not sure how well I could get 20w50 to pump in through a zerk fitting, but I've never tried either...I'd think it'd be more difficult to keep it in the gun.
"There is a “cheep skate” alternative for those who should know better but don’t but I will not cover that here." I would actually like the details on this if someone would care to PM me. I just don't see how you could do it unless you rigged up a rubber plug of some sort to force grease in, then replace the seal with a new one. Thanks guys!!!+