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When installing bottom bracket cups, crank arms and the like, is normal grease used for bearings and cable housings good enough? Or is using the anti-seize stuff with a brush needed? Thanks
 

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Qstick333 said:
either really will work fine.
This is correct.

Qstick333 said:
I believe on titanium frames, anti-seize is mandatory...
This is incorrect. I've been using grease on all metal-metal interfaces on my Ti frame for 11 seasons and over 100,000 miles. No problems of any sort. Ti bolts, aluminum cups, steel bolts, Ti seat post, etc. No worries.
 

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It is best to use anti-seize on any dis-similar metal connections. A steel screw will seize very quickly if installed in an aluminum part for instance. It does provide better protection against galvanic corrosion than grease.
 

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Better not use grease. It can hold water and allow corrosion. Petroleum jelly on small fittings with similar metals, otherwise copper-type anti-seize which is probably the best all-round precaution anyway.
 

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99trek5200 said:
It is best to use anti-seize on any dis-similar metal connections. A steel screw will seize very quickly if installed in an aluminum part for instance. It does provide better protection against galvanic corrosion than grease.
Steel derailleur limit screws have never been a problem for me, likewise threaded derailleur and brake barrel addjusters. Grease works fine. Anti seize works fine. The only real advantage to anti seize is when you plan to leave it in place for many years without ever cleaning anything. If that is your maintenance practice, then you can expect to have many other problems.
 
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