Lubricating pins, springs, and hinges
SILENCE THE SQUEAKS Lubricating Pins, Springs, and Hinges
As your bagger gets up there in miles and years, things start to naturally wear out. In certain areas when this happens, squeaks and squeals can become a nuisance. I, myself, cannot stand these squeaks. One of the most common areas is the passenger floorboard that works on two retaining pins and a ball bearing. These get dried out over time and possibly a bit rusty. Once you get the dreaded squeak when you fold the board down, it is time to hit it with some lubricant. Another horribly obnoxious area is the kickstand. That spring can start to make ungodly sounds when extended and retracted. The other area I like to keep my eye on is the clutch cable—more specifically where the eyelet is installed into the clutch hand-control perch.
There really isn’t an exact time frame or mileage that this needs to be done— everyone’s circumstances are different. Someone who lives closer to the ocean would have to do this more often and sooner than someone in the desert who keeps his or her bike in the garage. The type of lubricant is truly up to you; I like to use the Inox MX3 lubricant because it comes with an injector needle for pinpoint accuracy when applying.
It may be a bit of common sense, but follow along as we kill the squeaks on our H-D bagger with some Inox MX3 lubricant.
Inox MX3 lubricant with an injector needle costs on average $10. After the bearing was lubed we hit the pins on both sides, a drop on each.
Then we went down to the kickstand. We dropped a few drops on the spring itself as well as the spring hooks that loop through the kickstand. You can also drop some drops down the shaft of the kickstand to make for a smooth action. 3
We decided to start on the passenger floorboards. We first lubricated the ball bearing in the middle of the floorboard—just a drop will do.
Lastly we hit the clutch perch area. This is why we like the needle applicator; it makes it so you don’t have to disassemble the clutch cable from perch to lubricate the plastic retaining pin. 4