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Do I lube a new needle bearing?

Discussion in 'Ranger Nation' started by FloridaAl, Nov 30, 2019.

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  1. FloridaAl

    FloridaAl Alec SXS Nation Rookie

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    Replacing a gummed up / non-spinning needle bearing on the primary clutch of a 2013 Ranger 900 XP. The new bearing (from E Bay) looks to be completely dry. Does it need any type lube? I'm assuming I don't want hot grease slinging around and getting on the belt but running the new bearing with no lube seems unusual to me. This is my first time working on a primary, advice appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

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    Dont know what the mfgr recomends, but needle bearings by design need very little lube. Most 2 stroke engines run needle bearings due to the 50 to 1 oil mix.
     
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    I usually apply a thin film of grease to the needle bearings before I reassemble. Anything more than that will sling out and get on your belt. Use a high quality Grease if you can without Moly
     
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    I use a skim coat of white lithium grease.
     
  5. FloridaAl

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    Thanks to all three of you. I added a skim coat of a non-moly grease (as DieselFume suggested) and just past the 5 hour mark. Everything seems fine. The shift lever certainly moves and engages easier. Clutch engagement is smoother than ever.
    I REALLY appreciate the advice. Thanks again to all.
     
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