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Lubing UCA's?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ETaco23, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. ETaco23

    ETaco23 [OP] Marshall offroad Fabrication

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    Hi guys, Im gettting some TC UCA's soon and was doing some research and found that alot of people have been having squeeking from them. I was wondering what type of lube is good for the zerks and ball joint? thanks!
     
  2. LBtaco

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    I put mine on last week, used finish line teflon grease (found it at a bicycle store) and loaded it into a grease gun. no squeaks yet :)
     
  3. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    I havent heard of any TC UCA's makeing noise. If they are propperly greased upon install, they should be quiet. When installing them, rub grease all over the bushings, and bushing sleeves, then, after install, grease them with a quality grease. Dont over grease, as you can cause the bushings to bulg. If this happens, remove the grease zerks, and allow the extra grease to run out. If the Uniball is makeing noise, use Tri-Flow, are some other quality dry Tefflon lube.
     
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    ^^
    What he said. I actually overfilled mine when I installed them. It's a PITA to get the extra grease out, but ya gotta do it :thumbsup:
     
  5. chris4x4

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    What do you mean, its a pita!? Remove the zerks, and let it run out. ;) Depending on how much you put in, you might have to loosen the UCA bolt.
     
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    The angles are weird... and getting the zerk back in is a bitch... I had to loosen the long UCA bolt and the ball joint and work the UCA up and down until enough grease squeezed out...
     
  7. chris4x4

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    Ah. Ok, Im gonna give you a PITA approval. :)
     
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    lol... thanks... next time I'll know better not to go crazy with the grease... :laugh:
     
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    When just installed, I only give 2 or 3 pumps from the grease gun. Then wait a week, and grease them until I haer the "pops" of the grease.
     
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    That's good advice... where were you when I installed the things... :laugh:
     
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    I....ummm.......um....I........mmm.....Hey, Look over there!
     
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    Cant you just take a small nail to the zerk fitting and "bleed" the excess grease without having to remove them?
     
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    lol... no worries... I was only a member of that "other" website at the time... :laugh:
     
  14. chris4x4

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    you can, but its faster just to remove the zerk. Trying to push that little ball check down IS a pita.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys! I probably wouldn't have greased them at all if I didnt ask about it... I'll make sure to lube them up...... but not too much! Gotta love the Lube!!! ummmm.... yeah!
     
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    So I should pump in grease until I hear a popping sound? And will any grease work?
     
  17. chris4x4

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    I prefer Mobil 1 grease in the UCA's. Yes, pump them until you hear them pop. HOWEVER, Dont pump too much into them, as the bushings will bulge out, then you will have to take the zerks off, or even loosen the UCA bolt, and bleed the exess out.
     
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    I hope I hear the pop before I see the bulge!!
     
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    And chris4x4, what kind of oil do you use in your rear differential?
     
  20. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    And here is the tricky part. You wont see the bulge right away...maybe not until you drive on it a few days. Have you installed them yet?
     
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