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Location: Reno, NV
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Originally Posted by miles.lowry
We took my archer gearbox apart and cleaned it up. The thing had never been greased after the factory build, the original grease was petrified. Does Silicone spray lube replace good old fasion grease?
The hub should only be greased if new enough to not have an oiler installed on the hub. Otherwise clean thoroughly, reassemble the parts and thoroughly oil with 20 or 30 weight oil then install the internal assembly back into the shell. Then add a few drops of oil every few weeks, depending on amount of use. Excess oil will leak out so wipe down the exterior occasionally. As wahoonc mentioned, grease the wheel bearings during assembly with standard bike bearing grease.
If no oiler then the proper grease to use is SAE 00 grease. This is a very thin body grease which should be available at some mower repair shops. Regular thick grease is a no no.
Gear Hubs Owned: Rohloff disc brake, SRAM iM9 disc brake, SRAM P5 freewheel, Sachs Torpedo 3 speed freewheel, NuVinci CVT, Shimano Alfine SG S-501, Sturmey Archer S5-2 Alloy. Other: 83 Colnago Super Record, Univega Via De Oro
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