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rebuilding front hubs and my manual isn't clear about whether to put grease or gear lube in the hubs. i have the cv type. thanks
 
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I've just rebuilt my front axle, and the hubs take grease. There is a seal between the hub and the inner axle which is supposed to stop the gear oil from the diff entering the hub. There are 2 components that need grease, the first is the CV housing, the second is the wheel bearings on the outer section.
 

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hhhmm....IIRC, lockout hubs don't take EITHER....gear lube is spearate from the knuckle area by an inner seal and the wheel-bearing moly grease for the bearings and birfields and trunions is "mostly" separate from the hub area via the spindle.

IIRC, grease on lockouts = too stiff to operate, especially if cold.
 
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*Gulp*...I disagree Woody, I've always put a *light* coat of grease on lockouts. I think where you run into trouble with them freezing is when you have bad gaskets that let moisture in, or you put too much grease in, in a super cold climate and it gets real stiff...Just my devalued Missouri .02:)
 

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gaskets? lol

maybe that explains my frozen lockout on my last winter ride...nothin like takin one apart in +10 degree weather, chippin out the ice chunks, and gettin it to work! lol

LIGHT grease I'll go along with....very light, like spray-on lithium grease maybe???
 
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I always use the same wheel bearing grease I just did the bearings and birfs with...lockout gaskets? Yeah, use 'em, get 'em at the dealer:) Knuckle kits usually come with them....
 

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