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Brake lever and gearshift lubrication how to ( Also installing GMan bushings)
The aim of this thread is to make greasing of the brake pedal and gear shift easier for first timers with the boulevard C50 or VL800.
I usually just sprayed either WD40 or Lithium grease but its incomplete and I need to do it often. Also a it doesnít reach a few places and it looks dirty overall.
First thing I would suggest doing is taking a few good pictures for reference. That way if you are stuck, you can figure out how it was does before.
Gear shift side.
1) Firstly, take a small spanner and loosen the nut labelled 1 in the picture
2) Use two spanners and remove part 4 from the floor boards. U need not remove the 2 bolts under the floorboard and remove the whole assembly. Its not required.
3) The main lubrication point is part 4 also called bushing. Gman bushing is a replacement part that is oil infused so you never have to grease that part again. If u installing a Gman bushing, this is the part you swap. Otherwise put some good grease all over it.
4) Remove the 2 rubber covers and put some grease inside the two ball joints. Put the cover back on. Point 2 and 3
5) Use a good degreaser and clean under part that is on the bike where number 1 was bolted on. Then use some good grease and spread it around
Install everything back the way it was and it will feel much smoother. I had very little scratches and wear even though this is the first time I am doing this in 3 years. So considering that, it would be good to do this once a year
Rear Brake side.
I donít have many pictures for this. I was really frustrated and exhausted ( trying to put the engine guard on the bike alone). But its really easy. No need for pictures.
1) You need to remove the cotter pin and remove the bolt. This will release the brake lever from the brake rod. Remove 2 springs. One small spring near the brake pedal that controls the brake light and one on the rod under the engine that helps the brake pedal snap back to place.
2) Remove the hex nut connecting the brake level. Slide out the brake lever. If this is difficult then remove the 2 bolts and remove the entire assembly. Then use a rubber mallet to push the brake lever out. This happens because of lack of lube. Once you get the lever out, put some grease everywhere
3) Reassembly - If you have removed the entire assembly then the first thing you do is 1) put the two bolts back on and mount the floor board 2) Make sure the groves on the brake pedal and brake bushing is aligned or you will not be able to install the brake properly. Once they are aligned, you are free to put the nut back on and tighten it. No pictures from my side but look carefully and you will see a line on both the pedal and bushing.
4) Get the brake line in between the 2 parts on the brake pedal (donít know what itís called). Put the bolt with the cotter pin and secure it. Use a small hammer and pliers to help.
5) Put the two springs back on and check the brakes. You can grip the springs with pliers to help you install them
What I used was local unbranded grease rated NLGI 2. It is a mix of lithium and other mineral oils ,is on the heavier side and wash away resistant.
I havenít lubricated the part under the generator. If you remove the generator cover, you will see it and can clean and lubricate it accordingly but It isnít routine maintenance. I would do it only if I feel that something is wrong from that side and not my gearshift.
Please feel free to add anything if i have missed out on something.
All advices welcome