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Dust caps on Deore XT hubs

Old 12-13-14, 06:22 PM
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Dust caps on Deore XT hubs

I'm building a set of wheels with Deore XT 780 hubs. As with all my builds, I want to service the hubs and make sure they are well greased. I've never worked with the XT hubs before. Is there anything special I need to know about servicing them? I noticed that the dust caps seem very tight. Is there a trick to removing them without damaging them?

I've serviced LX and 105 hubs among others, but the XTs appear different.
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Can't you work around the dust caps in place? Always the safest to do when the caps are tight in the shell. Andy.
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squirt the dust cap edge with PB Blaster or WD40, let it work for a few minutes. Use the widest screwdriver to gently pop them out.
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They seem to recommend not removing the dust caps on modern hubs. On a Deore rear hub I did recently, the cap was plastic and broke into pieces when I tried to remove it. That's when I checked into it.
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