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I'm somewhat new to the SPD world . . . I have a pair of XT pedals. What sort of maintenance do I need to do on them, short of rebuilding them. i.e., do they need to be lubed, etc.? If so, where?
 

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If they act right I don't touch. If not, clean & light lube, wipe clean
 

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yeah, keep them dry after wet rides. Use a light lube like progold on the springs every now and then. Mine have lasted almost 4 years so far just doing these things.
 

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I ride in the dry dry dry . . . dust is a problem, not wet so thats good. I do wipe them down pretty regularly and will add some lube to the springs.

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Check for bearing play....if there is none your done....

If there is play tear it down and redo the bearings (like a cup and cone wheel bearing)...

If you get the seal set right they will last a very long time...

My XTR's are on four years now...winter and summer since the last tear down (didn't get the seal right)...

I just rinse them off when I wash the bike.
 

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Thanks . . . . the reason I ask is that there's an odd clicking and squeak coming from the drive side near the BB/front chain rings when the crank passes the 4-5:00 position. I'm trying to eliminate possibilities and figured I'd start with the real simple stuff first.
 

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I'm sure you probably have checked but make sure they are properly tight to the cranks before you take anything apart.
 

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I have a pair of XTs that are tightened down all the way (and my cleats) but still seem kind of loose. (not enough that my foot will come out if I'm standing up on the bike, but they unclip pretty easily and my feet can still move a little) They are new this year, is this normal?
 

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Could be loose cleats on your shoes, loose chainring bolts or bottom bracket.
Checked all the bolts, and felt the cleats . . . didn't try tightening them though.
 

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I have a pair of XTs that are tightened down all the way (and my cleats) but still seem kind of loose. (not enough that my foot will come out if I'm standing up on the bike, but they unclip pretty easily and my feet can still move a little) They are new this year, is this normal?
Have you tried tightening the springs on the peddles?
 

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Thanks . . . . the reason I ask is that there's an odd clicking and squeak coming from the drive side near the BB/front chain rings when the crank passes the 4-5:00 position. I'm trying to eliminate possibilities and figured I'd start with the real simple stuff first.
Sounds like a bb. They can creak if the threads get dirty or wet or the bearings develop play. It usually happens in the same spot of the crank rotation as well. My GXP is bad about developing noise and usually I clean it every couple months or if it gets really wet.
 

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Sounds like a bb. They can creak if the threads get dirty or wet or the bearings develop play. It usually happens in the same spot of the crank rotation as well. My GXP is bad about developing noise and usually I clean it every couple months or if it gets really wet.
If it were the bottom bracket, would you hear it when the bike was in the stand?

I don't hear anything when turning the cranks while the bike is in the stand. But when sitting in the saddle and riding I definitely hear it . . .
 

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If it were the bottom bracket, would you hear it when the bike was in the stand?

I don't hear anything when turning the cranks while the bike is in the stand. But when sitting in the saddle and riding I definitely hear it . . .
Noises are notorious for disappearing when the bike is in the stand.

Does it still make the sound when you stand and pedal?
 

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^^^ Most likely not but who knows with creaks. BB usually will creak louder the harder you mash/ torque the pedals. If it's in your pedals you should be able to feel it through your foot I would think. Another option is always the qr skewers, sometimes those will get grit in them and give you noise issues.
 

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I have nothing but good things to say about XT SPDs. I had a pair which performed great after 15 years of riding. Actually the whole XT drive train and shifters is still great after 15 years. Since it performed so well I ended up donating the bike to a high school mtb racing team. All I did for the pedals was dry the pedals off after wet rides, wash them after dirty rides, and spray White Lightening on the springs after drying them off.
 

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Noises are notorious for disappearing when the bike is in the stand.

Does it still make the sound when you stand and pedal?
Checked today, and yup . . . still there. Its more like rhythmic "tic," described by my friend like a clock. First thing I checked was for rocks, sticks etc. and then I checked the tail for the FD cable or anything else. Nothing.

I DO feel it by the way in my shoes.

I am going to replace the BB (their cheap anyway) and see if that does it. I also need to do all the suspension bearings, but first will be the BB. Unfortunately, I don't know how to do it on my own . . . which means a trip to the LBS.
 

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An SPD Maintanence Trick

A little trick I have been doing for a few years. I have six sets of SPDs to keep up with and have never had an issue doing this.

As long as the bearings are in good shape and do not need adjustment, re-greasing them could not be easier.
Remove the spindle from the pedal body. This very simple. Clamp the pedal body in a vice or large channel lock pliers. Loosen the spindle retaining nut. Depending on what model of pedal you have this requires a spline tool or a 17mm wrench. The spindle will come out with the bearings. The bearings are contained in a cartridge at the end of the spindle.

Now just shove a clump of fresh grease into the pedal body. Then reinstall the spindle. As you thread the spindle nut back into the pedal body, the old grease will be pushed out of the bearings and then purge out past the seal in the spindle nut.:thumbsup:
 
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