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X1tuber
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 - 06:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Alright, I have to share this with someone: I thought I'd heard everything when it comes to bs, but this is new to me: A friend of another tech stops buy to swap a few tires, no biggy, I offer to help (mostly because he's slow and in the way) so I start by dismounting his old tires. When finished, I notice he's about to start mounting the new tires but appears to looking for something, so I offer, "need some rim grease?" To which he replies, "yeah, but what's it made from?" Bewildered I said, "Grease." He continues with a quizzical and concerned look on his face, "Yes, but is it petroleum based?" I answered, "probably, it is grease." I offer the tub of grease and he dips in a pinky to inspect the substance, he does not taste it, (which I half expected)rather he smells it then cleans off his finger of the offending substance and states, "Nah, you can't use that, it's petroleum based and you can't mix hydrocarbons with hydrocarbons; that would be like mixing brake fluid with power steering." :/ For the first time in my life I rolled my eyes at a person without attempting to hide it, and glanced to the heavens whilst walking away in confusion. Am I nuts, or is the professor of hydrocarbons? I've briefly calculated that after 20 years or so of slinging tires I have several thousand to my credit and I've never had a hydrocarbon/hydrocarbon issue (whatever that is), does anyone else know what he's talking about. He seemed deadpan serious and even argued the point with another (bewildered) tech.

Thanks

X1Tuber
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Zac4mac
Posted on Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 07:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Dunno X1 - I always use soap
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Blake
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2017 - 06:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Tires are rubber, but using actual grease is not something I'd do either if you want to avoid the possibility of the tires slipping on the rim.

The oil tanks on the tube frame Buells were plastic/polymer/hydrocarbon, and the exterior oil lines are reinforced rubber, so...
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Hootowl
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 - 02:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

He was probably worried about the grease having a solvent effect on the rubber. Things that are soluble in oil are generally dissolved by oil and oil derivatives. Synthetic rubber is not soluble in oil to any significant degree. Hence, as Blake notes, oil lines are made of rubber. The grease seals on ball joints and tie rod ends are rubber. PE, another oil/gas derivative is effectively impervious to chemical reactions at normal temperatures, and is highly resistant to solvents, including gasoline. Good thing too, because they make gas tanks out of the stuff. I think your buddy's friend is a bit off.
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X1tuber
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 07:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well, I thought of all this but I'm coming up empty handed. Using rim grease on rims seems to me the thing to do. Especially on steel rims, and I have never heard of a tire slipping, not from a credible source anyway.
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X1tuber
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 07:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ok, in the picture is a triumph trophye...you'll notice that it is in pieces. This is halfway through disassembly in order to change plugs and an air filter. Word to the wise..do not buy.



This is after fork seals front and rear pads and a differential seal at 17k miles.
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Glitch
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The Tiger is just as fun
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99savage
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Never even thought about using anything other than dish detergent for installing tires.
Besides it's easier to clean up
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Mog
Posted on Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

From John on another forum...
Why does everyone experiment with everything but what was made to do the job? I bought a gallon of tire lube (Ru-glide) at the local NAPA twenty years ago for tire changing. Works great and still have some.

Also... "rim slip" to mount tires,its made for this purpose and works great!

Erik had problems when racing the 1125s and 1190s with rear tires slipping under acceleration, why would anyone use anything but a purpose formulated product?

H-D to which I go does not use the concoctions mentioned in posts above and certainly not on my track bikes.
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1eyert
Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

need a tech in Tucson area that is willing and knowledgable to work on my 085 1125R.
Any suggestions except do it myself are appreciated. I don't have the time, tools, or garage space for DIY.
Thanks in advance,
Art
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Ducbsa
Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 04:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You should post that in the 1125 sub forum.
 

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