Lucas Marine Grease Formula Change

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Hi All, Great forum, I've lurked for awhile but just now joined up. I've been using Lucas Marine grease as my go-to for years. I use it in everything from my Volvo boat outdrive, Craftsman riding lawn mower spindles, Dexter EZ-lube trailer wheel bearings, to my New Holland tractor backhoe pins, etc. I went to grab a new tube today and noticed that is was now an OBCS (Overbased Calcium Sulfonate) rather than the lithium-complex I've been used to using. I'm worried because the 4 ball wear and the timken load lb ratings have gone down. Will it be okay for the shock loads in the backhoe pins and boat outdrive anymore? So should I use the new formula or should I look into a different grease? Or am I overthinking it? I'd really like to continue using just one grease for everything. Current Tech Sheet: https://lucasoil.com/pdf/TDS_Marine_Grease.pdf Wayback showing the old Tech Sheet as of 2/2/18: https://web.archive.org/web/20160413034512/http://lucasoil.com/pdf/TDS_Marine_Grease.pdf Thank you.
 
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In the case of the Timken load lb rating, higher is better. For the 4 ball wear number, lower is better. It means the wear scar being produced is lower. I think that is the way the numbers work. I could be wrong.
 
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It's been this new calcium based formula for at least a few years now as that's the stuff I bought a few years ago when I replaced an axle with a damaged spindle.
 
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