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    Senior Member 72andsunny's Avatar
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    To grease or not to grease?

    Should I grease the splines on my Shimano Octalink Splined Cranks?

    1) Zinn says it makes no difference.
    2) ParkTools website says to grease.
    3) Bikeforums search results seems evenly divided.

    I'm leaning towards greasing, anybody know the pros and cons?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72andsunny
    Should I grease the splines on my Shimano Octalink Splined Cranks?

    1) Zinn says it makes no difference.
    2) ParkTools website says to grease.
    3) Bikeforums search results seems evenly divided.

    I'm leaning towards greasing, anybody know the pros and cons?

    Thanks!

    Captain Mike

    2004 Santana Noventa Stowaway
    Shimano instructions say grease the spindle.You can't go wrong with grease on them, so what's the issue? If they have self extractors,remove them and the bolts so the splines can be lined up before torquing them.

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    grease them
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    Grease gets my vote, too.

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    Giggity giggity! Dirtbike's Avatar
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    If in doubt, grease it. (Unless you are working on brake parts )

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    Grease them

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    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
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    theres just no reason not to, it can only help you
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    You can grease Shimano Octalink and ISIS splined BB splindles, but NEVER grease any square taper BB spindles. Greasing those can lead to over tourquing.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    You can grease Shimano Octalink and ISIS splined BB splindles, but NEVER grease any square taper BB spindles. Greasing those can lead to over tourquing.
    Nonsense!!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    You can grease Shimano Octalink and ISIS splined BB splindles, but NEVER grease any square taper BB spindles. Greasing those can lead to over tourquing.
    Whaaa? Man am I in trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinx_removing
    Whaaa? Man am I in trouble
    Funny that shimano ships current square taper BB with the spindle pre greased. Must be a conspiracy to sell more cranks dut to overtorquing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sydney
    Funny that shimano ships current square taper BB with the spindle pre greased. Must be a conspiracy to sell more cranks dut to overtorquing....
    I was acutally going to say the same thing as I had a similar discussion in the FG/SS forum.

    edit: About the pregreased spindle not the conspiracy(but I wouldn't put it past Shimano)

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    Grease it. But not spoon fulls.
    If you want spectacular results, you have to know how to treat your bike badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    . Greasing those can lead to over tourquing.
    Not using a torque wrench leads to over tourqing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Not using a torque wrench leads to over tourqing
    Well said.

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    Grease is the word!
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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