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  • #801469

    Renegade Hardware
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    Bearing pullers are a great investment. I’ve always made mine, but that’s on a lathe, and I used a proper press. Having a kit specific to your frame is so awesome. Especially considering they seem to be threaded so no press nessesary.

    #801470

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Bearing pullers are a great investment. I’ve always made mine, but that’s on a lathe, and I used a proper press. Having a kit specific to your frame is so awesome. Especially considering they seem to be threaded so no press nessesary.

    If I had your skills and machinery at my disposal I would never leave the shop 🙂 Might call on you for a few custom bits this summer. If you still do that. Just tossed the bushings you made me way back when.

    i will say that these pullers are very nice.

    #801475

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    How long were those bushings in service? We did a pin a sleeve type with stainless, iirc?

    I don’t get in front of an engine lathe as much as I used to, but I can always help out with items now and then.

    #801477

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    How long were those bushings in service? We did a pin a sleeve type with stainless, iirc?

    I don’t get in front of an engine lathe as much as I used to, but I can always help out with items now and then.

    They lasted for 3-4 years. Was for my Iron Horse with that Factory Push shock so no one had the goods.

    #806303

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Got tired of the tiny Santa Cruz grease gun that came with my bikes so got a new one. Works like a charm.

    #806305

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    ROFL, you can now grease up your machinery too!

    In all seriousness I always thought the itty-bitty grease gun was a bit of a joke. About the only thing that’s not is which grease you use and finding a tube that Fits that gun of course.

    Quality find for sure if you like to maintain and have grease ports to do it!

    #806306

    Matty F
    Participant

    That CRC Marine Grease is really outstanding. This is a great choice for a general, home mechanic grease if you happen to be in the market. After getting sick of sourcing those small Santa Cruz sized tubes, however, I finally bit the bullet at my shop and purchased a big 14oz grease gun so I could use the readily available large tubes of it, much like @fasttimes did. However, the issue I ran into is that, even in a busy bike shop, you don’t really need to use an NPT fitting grease gun particularly often. As such, the grease would expire and separate before we would even get through 1/4 of the tube, and make an oily mess at that. In a bucket of grease this isn’t much of an issue, as you can just stir the grease up to homogenize it, but with a tube of grease that’s not an option. So I’ve reverted to using those little Santa Cruz guns and squeeze bottles, which have a pretty air-tight seal, so seem to last much longer.

    #806312

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I’m not too concerned about the grease expiring. I use it enough that I think I’m ok. The gun is pretty air tight as well. Even if I had to toss a bit of a lube every season that’s still more cost effective than getting the SC option. As you mentioned it is a great assembly lube so I also use the gun as a dispenser for my overall needs. What I liked about it over other guns was the hose, which makes is much easier for me to quickly attaches it to the underside of my bikes where the grease ports are located. Its also much cleaner to attach and remove from the grease nipple as well. The Santa Crus gun is far from ideal.

    @matty-f did you ever consider simply using a resealable tub of the lube and using the suction method rather than tubes? There are also mini guns that use 3oz cartridges. which this lube is available for.

    #806333

    Matty F
    Participant

    The 3oz cartridges would be ideal. I had a few of those 3oz guns around for awhile. However, despite the fact CRC makes that grease in 3oz tubes, it’s extremely difficult to find from any sort of industrial supplier in Canada. So in the end I settled on the fact that the stuff from Santa Cruz is easiest for us. This is totally different for home mechanics, though. Keep in mind that at a shop the expense of having an employee source and possibly travel to acquire this stuff can be significant if it’s not from an existing supplier. But adding one item to an existing order from Santa Cruz is pretty damn easy.

    #811802

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I was going to add a 24mm chamfer-less socket to the few I have and simply decided to get this set from Abbey Tools. http://www.abbeybiketools.com/collections/best-sellers/products/suspension-top-cap-sockets They make killer stuff and this covers all my current forks.

    #811803

    Matty F
    Participant

    I love Abbey tools. Jason makes some stuff for which there is no substitute. When roaming around the Mont Saints Anne pits last week, I’m pretty sure 80% of mechanics have a Crombie tool and Whip It. They are simply the best for a travelling wrench.

    However, some of his stuff, like these sockets, I feel is just ludicrously overpriced. They are nice, indeed. But even as someone who works on suspension almost daily I don’t think the cost is justifiable. Unior makes flat suspension sockets for 1/3 the price.

    #811804

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    This is a company that makes products I like and I’m happy to support them.

    I’ve used four different kinds of flat sockets now including Unior, Fox and others but find the finish and tolorance superior on these. I’m confident they will last me for a good long while and I’ll enjoy using them every time. Maybe they are pricey but over the 20+ years I’ll have them, the cost is not really a concern.

    By the way, my grease gun is as good as the day I got it. So is the same grease in the tub.

    #811862

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Also just got these to keep in my travel case. They work extremely well. Nice and snug, so slippage. Nice short handle that gets you at perfect torque with a good hand feel.

    #820077

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Just got some new fork seal drivers from RWC for my 34 and 36mm stanchion forks. Unior, Fox and others make different versions of these but I have been happy with RWC products in the past.

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