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Heim joint degradation?

Discussion in 'Long Travel Suspension' started by gtrotter07, Dec 6, 2022.

  1. Dec 6, 2022 at 12:13 PM
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    gtrotter07

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    Hey all, not sure where to put this so here we go. I'm rebuilding some Rokmen uca's with heim joints. Is there a particular lube to use or am I going in dry? Opened up the inspection plate and found what looked like remains of a liner and corrosion. Throwing new joints in, but obviously want to prevent this as much as possible.

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    Those cover plates are a double edged sword because they trap moisture in the uniball which expedites corrosion. If your new uniballs have a ptfe liner then you should not lube them with anything but dry teflon lubes. The key to longevity is just keeping them clean.
     
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    They are a FK Bearing WSSX16T. Seems like the liner gave up the ghost as there is some play. I live in Southern Indiana, so corrosion is a concern. I'm thinking after replacement to run some dry Teflon lube to keep it "wet" so to speak?
     
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    as far as pressing in new uniballs into the cups on the arms, I don't press them in dry

    I'll drip a little 3-in-one oil, engine oil, shock oil... or similar lube on my finger and give the inside walls of the uniball cups a little coating, and a little on the outside of the uniball body, then wipe any excess clean once pressed in.

    I've used anti seize and it works fine too but it's usually a bit thick and messy
     

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