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Old 08-08-2017, 04:24   #1
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Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

I just lubricated my furlers (Selden Furlex 400S) and really didn't like the official Selden method of getting the grease in - "force grease through the grease holes". Because there's quite a gap between the housing and the actual bearings, so most of the grease will just glop around inside without actually getting into the bearings.

Surely there is a better way!
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

Is there room on the bearing race to fit it for a zerk?
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

This



or this

and a grease gun?
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

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Is there room on the bearing race to fit it for a zerk?
No, and the bearing races are not reachable from outside the furler anyway. Also, they are open races with the balls exposed.




I have a horrible feeling that I might end up with streaks of grease on my sails!
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or this

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Better. Maybe someone makes a thin pipe with a nozzle, which can be put on a grease gun?
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I just lubricated my furlers (Selden Furlex 400S) and really didn't like the official Selden method of getting the grease in - "force grease through the grease holes". Because there's quite a gap between the housing and the actual bearings, so most of the grease will just glop around inside without actually getting into the bearings.

Surely there is a better way!
I had the same concerns earlier this year when servicing my Furlex 200 & 300. I bought a cheap (<£5) cake icing syringe.
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Better. Maybe someone makes a thin pipe with a nozzle, which can be put on a grease gun?
The nozzles illustrated screw directly onto the hose or pipe, as the case may be, of a grease gun...
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

Go to your local pharmacy and get a large syringe.
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

A grease gun needle might work. They are designed for injecting grease into bearings, but might not be long enough to reach on those furlex units (I have furlex too). Anywho, you can get them at most auto parts stores or on line, of course.
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

A chainsaw grease gun for lubricating the tip roller has a variety of small pointed tips available and the grease gun itself is quite small and inexpensive. Might do the trick.
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

Even if you get the grease inside the casing it won't get past the upper bearing. The only way to grease the lower bearing is to pull the unit apart. That might mean cutting the swage off the bottom of the forestay. At least you only have to do it every 5 years or so.
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Re: Grease Nozzle for Furler Maintenance

My first thought was a zerk. I doubt the housing it made for that or the seals. I icing cake bag as suggested makes sense. No pressure but loads it up with grease. Maybe a tube of grease in a hand sealant hand gun
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