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Bel-Ray Specialty Lubricants: Tech Notes, Vol 3, Issue 2

February, 2012


2012 Bel-Ray Performance Products and Race Teams

In the world of professional racing every second counts, and that is the reason professional racing teams worldwide choose Bel-Ray for their lubrication needs.

For the 2012 racing season, Bel-Ray has partnered with many professional racing teams. The roster includes TwoTwo Motorsports/ Bel-Ray Racing, Dodge / Hart and Huntington/ Sycuan Casino Bel-Ray Racing and Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki in the United States, Althea Ducati in World Superbike, Team Aspar in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, Team CLS in World.

Motocross and the TM Factory in World Motocross, World Enduro and World Supermoto and each of these teams has specific needs met by Bel-Ray products.

With the 2012 Supercross season underway we will focus on what Bel-Ray products the TwoTwo Motorsports/ Bel-Ray Racing, Dodge / Hart and Huntington/Sycuan Casino Bel-Ray Racing and Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki racing teams use in their racing efforts.

Universally revered by all of the teams is the Bel-Ray Brake and Parts Cleaner. The mechanics will use this top selling product during all aspects of bike prep and in their everyday maintenance routine. Bel-Ray Brake and Parts Cleaner is designed as a cleaner and degreaser that will not leave behind any residue. Another universal favorite product among the teams is Bel-Ray 6 in1 Multipurpose Lubricant. This mainstay of the Bel-Ray product line is the perfect choice for lubricating cables, foot peg pins, throttle tubes and a host of other locations.

Bel-Ray offers the teams two different choices for chain lube, Bel-Ray Blue Tac Chain Lube and Bel-Ray Super Clean Chain Lube. The choice for both TwoTwo Motorsports and Hart and Huntington is the Bel-Ray Blue Tac while the Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki team chose to use Bel-Ray Super Clean. Both lubes offer excellent protection and lubricating properties and will not fling off under the most extreme racing conditions.

One other place where the teams differ is with their engine oil choices. This difference has to do with the bikes each team races. The TwoTwo Motorsports team competes on a Honda CRF450. The Honda uses two separate chambers for oil with one lubricating the engine and top end while the other chamber lubricates the clutch and gears. After extensive testing during the 2011 racing season, the team has chosen, Bel-Ray Friction Modified Thumper Racing 4T Engine Oil in the engine and Bel-Ray Thumper Gear Saver Transmission Oil in the clutch and transmission.

The Kawasaki that the Hart and Huntington team competes with uses one oil for both the engine and transmission. The team is using Bel-Ray Works Thumper Racing Synthetic Ester 4T Engine Oil, designed to withstand extreme racing conditions. All four of the team’s racers use this product. It is also the oil of choice in Carey Hart’s personal KXF450.

Early in the season the Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki team has been testing several different oil choices and hasn’t settled on their choice for the season yet. With multiple oils to choose from, it speaks volumes on how well all Bel-Ray motor oils perform.

There is no room for error in professional racing or in what lubricants you choose for your machine. Buy the same great products that these professionals use at your local dealer and choose Bel-Ray the same way professional teams choose Bel-Ray.


Centralized Grease System Operation

Central grease lubrication systems are the most efficient method to provide grease to components that need lubrication. The most effective way to lubricate a greased component

is to apply a small amount of grease very frequently. This is true whether grease is being applied by hand using a grease gun, by a grease auto-lubricator or a central grease system. Unlike with oil lubricants, regreasing is the only way to provide fresh lubricant and remove contaminants from lubricated components.

A typical central lubrication system is comprised of several components: timer usually controlled by a PLC, grease pump, grease lines, lubricant injectors and a vent valve. The purpose of the lubricant injectors is to deliver a specific measured amount of lubricant to one lubricated component. Lubricant injectors should never be used to feed multiple components from a single lubricant injector.

Following is the process of how a typical lubricant injector functions. This example is a Lincoln SL-1, -11, -41, -44 but most injectors function on the same principles. The stages may be slightly different but pressure causes the lubricant injector to go through a cycle to provide a specific measured amount of grease to a lubricated component and then must be reset by the grease system pressure being released.

Stage 1 - A timer will initiate the lubrication cycle. At the beginning of the lubrication cycle the grease pump will begin to pump and pressurize the grease system typically to between 2,000 psi and 2,500 psi. The injector piston is in its normal, or rest position. The discharge chamber is filled with lubricant from the previous cycle. Under the pressure of incoming lubricant, the slide valve is about to open the passage leading to the piston.

Stage 2 - When the slide valve uncovers the passage, lubricant is admitted to the top of the piston, forcing the piston down. The piston forces lubricant from the discharge chamber through the outlet port to the bearing.

Stage 3 - As the piston completes its stroke, it pushes the slide valve past the passage, cutting off further admission of lubricant to the passage. Piston and slide valve remain in this position until lubricant pressure in the supply line is vented (relieved) at the pump.

Stage 4 - After pressure is relieved, the compressed spring moves the slide valve to the closed position. In order for the injector to reset the grease system pressure will need to drop to between 600 psi and 1,000 psi depending on the injector. This opens the port from the measuring chamber and permits the lubricant to be transferred from the top of the piston to the discharge chamber.

Although the system is relatively simple, there are a number of things that can go wrong with a central grease lubricating system. For assistance with troubleshooting or training on central lubrication systems, please contact your Bel-Ray Company Representative.


Compressor Lubrication - Improving the Bottom Line

Reduce the threat of High Temperatures and Carbon Residue. Switch to Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil

Synthetic compressor fluids are typically made from diester, PAO – polalphaolefin, PAG – polalkylene glycol, polyol ester or silicone base fluids. Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil is diester-based fluid available in ISO viscosity grades 32, 46, 68, 100 & 150.

Ester- based lubricants have emerged as the most important synthetic air compressor lubricants in the field today. Recent independent studies have indicated that energy consumption in a compressor can be reduced by as much as 6% when using an ester- based compressor fluid in place of mineral oil- based compressor oil. Esters have also found wide acceptance in high temperature chain drives and gear drives. The extended drain interval, high temperature and high stress capabilities of Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil generates cost effective solutions for compressor applications. Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil is recommended for all types of rotary screw, rotary vane and reciprocating air compressors. It also makes excellent vacuum pump and blower oil. ISO viscosity grades 32, 46, & 68 are most commonly used for rotary compressors. ISO viscosity grades 100 & 150 are preferred for reciprocating and centrifugal compressors. ISO viscosity grades 68, 100 & 150 double as vacuum pump and blower oils (see OEM viscosity specifications).

Esters have performed well in reciprocating air compressors operating at less than 148°C (300°F) and at low to moderate pressures. Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil has a natural high degree of detergency for cleaner operation and better heat transfer which translates into less carbon and sludge formation, better efficiency and performance. Diester base fluid is polar in nature thus having an affinity for metal surfaces inhibiting wear while extending bearing and cylinder life. Synthetic Compressor Oils have a typical service life of 2,000 to 8,000 hours. However, extended drain intervals of 6,000 to 8,000+ hours can be achieved with Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil depending on the compressor’s condition, operating environment, maintenance practices and consistent fluid monitoring with the use of Bel-Ray’s Distributer Wear Check oil analysis program.

Advantages offered by Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil:

  • High temperature stability (extended lubricant life)
  • Oxidation resistance (extended lubricant life)
  • Very low deposit formation (clean running)
  • Low volatility (extended lubricant life, less carryover, less make up oil)
  • High Flash Point and Low Pour Point (broad operating temperature range)
  • Good heat transfer from the hot regions of the compressor (runs cooler)
  • Excellent foam suppression (extends vane and screw life)
  • Corrosion inhibitors equal excellent rust protection
  • Demulsibility characteristics lead to high separator efficiency
  • Miscible with mineral oil and PAO synthetic compressor lubricants
  • Compatible with high (>36%) nitrile content seals (Buna-N), Fluorocarbon (Teflon) or (Viton), Fluorosilicone and Polysulfide elastomers

Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil, ISO viscosity grades 32, 46 & 68 can be used in hydraulic applications. All grades can be used in general industrial applications (non EP) where outstanding oxidation properties are required.

Note: Bel-Ray Synthetic Compressor Oil exhibits excellent solvency and will aggressively “clean-up” system deposits formed from the use of mineral oil- based compressor lubricants. Sludge and particulate will loosen and flow to the filters. Monitor all system oil filters frequently in the early stages after converting to Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil. It is also recommended that oil analysis start prior to the conversion in order to establish a base line and to monitor the cleanliness of the fluid as the deposits are being removed.

As of February 2012 - Bel-Ray DEB Compressor Lubricant was re-named Bel-Ray Synthetic Ester Compressor Oil, available in five ISO Viscosity Grades : 32 (58140), 46 (58150), 68 (58160) 100 (58180) & 150 (58200). The five digit product numbers will remain the same.