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    Anybody know what OTHER machinery the button-head type grease fittings as on Harley VL were used on?
    I think Caterpiller uses the same type but they're 5/8" and 3/4", just a bit too large.
    I have a problem with spending $89 for the adapter and my present zerks are wearing out from swapping them with regular ones to do the lubes....
    OK, not really but it's a pain.

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    vtwin # 9929-1 colony machine makes just the head adapter http://www.debrix.com/Alemite-Grease.../9929-1-vt.htm

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    I think that the Alemites were fairly standard in the industry. They were part of the evolution of greasing from the grease cups to current fittings.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by flthead View Post
    vtwin # 9929-1 colony machine makes just the head adapter http://www.debrix.com/Alemite-Grease.../9929-1-vt.htm
    Thanks, Flthead. Still, $68.99+shipping is ridiculous for what it is. Probably not much call for them. Seems like an amateur machinist could make them in the garage and sell them for $30-40. If I had one to copy I'd be tempted to give it a try with my Dremel tool.

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    Seems like an amateur machinist could make them in the garage and sell them for $30-40.

    They do. Call Tommy Faber at fabercycle.com. He's had one on Fleese-Bay for forty clams.

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    "Ask and ye shall receive!" Thank you sir....
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    No cheap ones on eBay at this time.... but there is one for a Bugatti for $24.50..........
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    Couldn't you use a needle tip on your grease gun? The type where the needle tip fits in the little hole in the fitting. They use them often on constant velocity type u-joints where there would be clearance problems for regular grease zerks. I paid about six bucks for one about five years ago. I will have to try one on the button head (alemite) type fitting tomorrow when I am in the shop. I think it should work though.

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    Couldn't you use a needle tip on your grease gun?
    That usually does not work on Alemite fittings. The Alemite was a high pressure fitting and you can usually not depress the ball just by pushing it with the tip of a needle adapter. That is the reason Alemite guns had a claw to hold the end on the nipple. Needle adapters are made for fittings and open holes with no restriction, like BMW swing arm pivots or chainsaw bars!
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    RECEIVED my new adapter from fabercycle.com in TWO DAYS! $40 + $4 shipping.

    Thanx to all.

    Richard

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