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Quick question on the axles and speedo in front wheel, 99 750SS

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Alright, just a quick question (or two, or three :p). After finally getting both the wheels off and inventing new curse words, I noticed the speedo attachment on the front wheel looks like crap! I have a terrible picture here, as my phone is bad at being a camera:

Wondering what to clean it out with?

Also, the axles I am assuming are dry axles. What should I clean those with? If they are not dry axles, what should I lube them with?

I bought some Moly lube for the chain tensioners, as described in the desmo times book. I used to use simple green to clean everything on my old bike, as that was highly recommended, so I picked some of that stuff up. Also have Dupont Teflon multi-use for chain-lubing.

Also, anything else I should look at while the front and back wheels are off?

Thanks guys!
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I clean parts with solvent or kerosene and an old toothbrush. It's a good idea to lightly lube the axle with any kind of lightweight oil to prevent surface rust. I've heard Simple Green is bad for aluminum.
I agree with Punch. You should grease the speedo drive, although I really don't think it matters what kind of grease you use. Ditto for the axle; light oil, grease, whatever. Just enough to keep rust from forming. I have never used Simple Green, just repeating what I've heard. Others may want to give their 2 cents worth. As fas as cleaning with solvent or kerosene, you can soak the part for a while if you want, then brush off the gunk. Neither will hurt metal parts. Dry as well as you can (compressed air is nice if you have it) and then oil or grease the part. Moly lube on the axles is fine; just be sparing with it.
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