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Old 06-19-23, 03:54 PM
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Sturmey RXL-RD5 pre-emptive lubrication?

I have a brand new Sturmey RXL-RD5 hub I'm going to stick in a Raleigh Twenty for a little more ability to get up some hills. I've read a few horror stories, and quite a few tales of difficulty with these hubs, but I'm stubborn, smart, experienced, and really just want to make this one work. Anyway, I've read that a few of these hubs have come under-lubed and it seems like they could benefit from lube prior to initial installation. I come from quite a few overhauls of the old Sturmey Nottingham hubs, mostly the AW. Since this is not an oil-lubricated hub, (and due to the drum brake, it's probably not going to become one either) should I grease it up before riding it? Are there any lube alternatives to the Sturmey grease? I've got a large amount of Slickoleum which is NLGI 00 and quite thin; I'm hoping this stuff would work fine, but thought I'd ask prior to opening up the hub and shooting some grease into the internals.
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NLGI 00 is the prescribed lube for that hub, so sure, couldn't hoit.
But don't overdo it.
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Looks like I listened to the internet instead of going straight to the manufacturerís spec sheet. Slickoleum is NLGI 1.5, so Iíll be shopping for new grease before I open the hub up. Thanks for the advice!
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I've had a SA XL-RD5w since 2012. Since almost the start I've used 10w30 oil mixed with Wynn's old motor conditioner to stiffen it.
That and switching to 180 cranks made a huge difference. I was using fabulous Krazy grease until it ran out and the company went bust, bugger. Other greases are washing out way too easily. I've done 46 mph with my SA hubs. Damn shifting has been wonky most of the time.
>> As for oil on the pads, it actually made very Little difference in performance. LOL. Didn't hurt the pads or anything.
I just wiped up the oil and a very light once over the pad and metal liner with 150 or 180 sandpaper, that I do when I rehab it anyway.
30,000 miles on my front dyno hub, with one bearing change.

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You've probably seen the official S-A C50 video series:


I've read a few horror stories, and quite a few tales of difficulty with these hubs...


My RX-RF5 has been exemplary.
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Originally Posted by PhilFo
Iíll be shopping for new grease before I open the hub up.
I got what will probably be a lifetime supply of NGLI #00 (Super S Cotton Picker Spindle Grease NLGI #00) at Tractor Supply for six bucks and change. Many lawn mower shops carry #00 in Champion or Snapper branded containers.
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