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Mike Farmer

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Grease in gearboxes
« on: 16 October, 2021, 11:57:58 »
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A few months??? back I brought up this subject as an alternative gearbox lubrication, and then forgot all about it. The gent that put me on to it has a 500 Royal Enfield about 1955 model. He put said grease in the box when he rebuilt it 30,000 miles back and it is still going strong. So I am about to do the same with my M20, that has never been started since I took it off the bench about 3 years back. Right at this moment I cant remeber what the grease is called.

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Re: Grease in gearboxes
« Reply #1 on: 16 October, 2021, 13:45:19 »

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Re: Grease in gearboxes
« Reply #2 on: 16 October, 2021, 19:39:04 »
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Hi Bess

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Re: Grease in gearboxes
« Reply #3 on: 16 October, 2021, 20:30:14 »
This type of grease was available when the gearbox was designed.
It might be worth giving some thought as to why BSA didn't use or recommend it.
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Re: Grease in gearboxes
« Reply #4 on: 17 October, 2021, 17:24:15 »
This type of grease was available when the gearbox was designed.
It might be worth giving some thought as to why BSA didn't use or recommend it.

Yep, a bloody good point.

The grease does specify that it is suitable for 'gearboxes designed to operate with a semi-fluid grease' therefore, it is presumably not suitable for ones that weren't designed for it.

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Re: Grease in gearboxes
« Reply #5 on: 18 October, 2021, 10:05:02 »
Royal Enfield of that era were grease boxes, the BSA M20/21 are not
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Re: Grease in gearboxes
« Reply #6 on: 18 October, 2021, 13:06:52 »
In an M20 gearbox the constant gears on the layshaft are fed oil from a drilling in the shaft itself, and hence the gears are lubricated from the inside. I wouldn't trust grease (semi-fluid or otherwise) to make this journey (I am pretty sure it is the layshaft rather than the mainshaft)

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Re: Grease in gearboxes
« Reply #7 on: 18 October, 2021, 14:56:31 »
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All very interesting and positive. Thank you.

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