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Dirt king LCA issue

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by jardoo, May 19, 2021.

  1. May 19, 2021 at 6:53 AM
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    jardoo

    jardoo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys.

    So I was greasing this zerk and the rubber below got all swollen. Eventually it all came out bellow the rubber but I’m not sure if I tore it or not. Do I need a new ball joint? Thanks.

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  2. May 19, 2021 at 7:08 AM
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    IMO if the rubber isn't torn I would keep an eye on it and limit the pumps of grease too two or three. The rubber is a dust cover and if over filled the grease needs to go some where.
     
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  3. May 19, 2021 at 7:13 AM
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    Some grease boots have a tiny hole on the bottom opposite the zerk so the old grease can get purged. If you haven't done the other side yet, I'd check for one.
     
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  4. May 19, 2021 at 7:17 AM
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    All the grease you pump in has to exit somewhere. Wipe away the excess grease and visually check for a torn boot? :notsure: From what I see on Dirt King's web site, it's a standard Tacoma lower ball joint available from multiple vendors common across 2005-2021 Tacomas. Dirt King uses Moog.
     
  5. May 19, 2021 at 7:34 AM
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    Looks like you may have pumped a bit too much grease in there.

    my dirt kings constantly made a mess of my wheel wells. The ball joints used those boots with the recess to prevent overfill, which translates to a perfect spot for grease to seep.
     
  6. May 19, 2021 at 8:06 AM
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    Thanks guys.
    So I cleaned it up and there’s a small tear at the bottom I think. I’m drunk.

    also if it’s torn what do I do?can I melt it together with a lighter?
     
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    I'm fixin to install these this weekend. How many miles you got on yours and how do you like them?
     
  11. May 19, 2021 at 10:16 AM
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    I installed them back in august. So I’d say about 15,000 miles. They are great, completely change the way the vehicle handles.
     
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    I just sold a set off my truck after 10k miles and I was very happy with them. Definitely firms up the feel of the truck off road plus they are bomb-proof by the looks of things.

    I will say that my ball joints felt loose when i took them off the truck though even though I kept them greased regularly but didn't seem to negatively impact performance while installed
     
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