Subject:RE: RE: And grease fittings too... Date:Sun Dec 3 21:27:04 2017
Response to:22405

Hate to break the news to ya mr. Duane, but the early
grease fittings used on all the 48 thru 59 models DO have
balls inside of them. The ball is about 1/16" diameter and
the spring has 4 winds and is tapered, small end against
the ball. Didn't it strike ya as odd that when ya look at
the bottom of the grease fittings, they have a 4 place
crimp? Why would anyone spend all the extra time (and
money) to crimp the bottom of a grease fitting, if it was
hollow inside?

I did a thousand of these grease fittings about .
10 years ago and keep them on the shelf. The originals
did not have a center ball valve so they were made to use
with or without the ball. No balls on your grease fittings?
"What was Harley thinking ???


If you need grease fittings to put in your newly tapped
5/16-32 holes - Colony Products sells 'em. Photo below of
what they sell.

Colony sells the flat-top Alemite fittings - and a grease
gun adapter - for pre-38 bikes.

Harley had some old-style tapered-shaped grease fittings
too - I've seen 'em on K-models and Sportsters from the
1950's - like in the brake operating arms. They're more
oval-shaped than the pinched-shape of the modern ones. I'm
not sure if there's a Hummer-series application or not. I
had to buy some rusty old parts just to get the grease
fittings out of them for my 1954 KH.

Hope this helps.

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