Thank you to those on the forum that recommended chainsaw bar oil to lubricate the front spindles and tie rods! I recently switched from motor oil to chainsaw bar oil and almost immediately noticed significantly less oil loss. The stuff works!
Grease fittings are Great as well... At some point if you get tired of oil dripping in the floor.
Change over to grease fittings it's a lot less mess and you don't have to oil as often.
I know that make the hidden fittings for the rear end barring's, they may have something out by now to hide them in for the front axle oil points by now ?
Keep the cups
Color me skeptical. Chain saw bar oil is thick, so it won't get everywhere a thinner oil would. So yes, there will be less dripping because you have less oil getting to where it needs to be.
What? on the ground!!
I have been using it with good luck so far. Royce you may be correct, but the same logic should then apply to grease in the timer?
I have been tempted to try that with the same reservation.
Grease doesn't work well on either the front spindles or in a timer. On spindles it doesn't get to any of the lower 2/3 of spindle as there is no path. In a timer after some time it leaves a metal wear trail and you can get shorting and dual firing across the timer. Use oil or best, you use a carbon brush timer . Just wipe it out once in awhile and it will give many years of service.
I have been using 600w oil for years. It drips less than motor oil gets into all nooks and crannies.
I have been using bar lube for over 15 years on the springs and spindles and they are as tight as the day the new bushings were installed. It does leave some nasty oil spots on the concrete floor from dripping or over filling.
Jack our family and friends have been using grease in timers for many decades. We've never seen what you describe.
This was an Anco timer,and it sure left a trail.
along the same approach, I use "way" oil (as in lathe ways). It has the same consistency and tack as bar oil, plus I have a ton of it. It works very well, and will flow where grease will not (kingpins). Like William, I have seen negligible wear over years of touring.
I know of guys who NEVER grease their spindles and it has worked out well for them. So what?
That doesn't prove that using chassis grease will do the job.
If you put grease cups or grease fittings at the top of the spindles, how is the grease going to get to the bottom of the spindles?
The guys that have done it probably used ample grease in the spindles when they put them together and that is all that has kept the bottoms lubricated since.
My Touring has grease zerks drilled into the side of the spindle just above the steering arm so the grease can flow to both bushings from the center.
They're also worn out, but I don't know if it didn't work, or if the previous owner just never maintained them.
Pins & Bushings are on my "must do" list for winter projects this year.
Not to steal your thunder but I have the same setup on my front spindles - sorta. What I did when I installed new spindle bolts was to drive a brass plug into the side hole at the top groove of the spindle to block that point and then I drilled the top oiler hole deeper through the brass plug and past the bottom of the top bushing. The spindle bolts are case hardened but the center of the bolt is soft enough that using a lathe I could easily just drill the original centered oil flow hole deeper. The hard part came next which was using a carbide bit to then drill a grease hole into the side of the spindle bolt near the middle but for sure into the cavity between the bushings. This new side drilled hole was into the tunnel created down the center of the bolt by extending the oil hole. I then made some fake oilers to screw into the top of the spindle bolts to act as plugs that look like brass lift top oilers used in 1915 era. I put a zerk fitting on a short 1/8 pipe nipple that I use to grease the front spindles. I just remove the fake oiler plug with my fingers and screw in the pipe nipple/zerk thing with my fingers. I then pump grease into the top of the spindle bolt until I see grease coming out from both top and bottom bushings. I then replace the brass fake oiler plugs. It has worked well for many a year. I grease it once per season then wipe off excess grease coming out.
When all else fails, Marvel Mystery Oil!