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Rusty axle spindles?

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by iwilson, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. iwilson

    iwilson VIP MEMBER

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    Nov 6, 2015
    After suffering a flat tyre a few days ago, I removed the rear wheel (easy) and took it in to get a new tyre. Bit surprised at the amount of rust on the spindle. There was grease on the shaft but looked as if water had sat for sometime. Anyway as I was changing tyre brands once I got the new tyre back on (right pain) - I rode the bike back to the garage for the front tyre. The front axle spindle was dry as a bone and completely covered in rust. The fitter who does this for a living was shaking his head. So wire bushed and greased before refitting. Wish I'd taken a photo. But here's one of the rear - which is nothing in comparison to the front.

    Don't know what the consensus is, but might be worth checking and greasing if you're not a fan of the weathered look....

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  2. TonyA

    TonyA

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    Not good , So it was never greased on assembly from the Factory ? I don't know if they are using antisieze or grease now . I've had both my axles out at least twice and no rust . I grease the axles with wheel bearing grease every time I have them out .
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
  3. iwilson

    iwilson VIP MEMBER

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    Front spindle was dry as a bone... Rear had some on it. Wondering if the two holes in the rear spindle need to be orientated in any particular direction? Are they drain holes (nothing in the manual)? There was a plug of grease blocking the hole that's surrounded by rust...
     

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