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Lubing UCA's?

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

  1. Feb 14, 2009 at 11:14 PM
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    ETaco23

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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. Feb 15, 2009 at 12:15 AM
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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. Feb 15, 2009 at 5:54 AM
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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.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2009 at 6:08 AM
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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. Feb 15, 2009 at 6:12 AM
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    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.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2009 at 6:32 AM
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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. Feb 15, 2009 at 6:46 AM
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    Ah. Ok, Im gonna give you a PITA approval. :)
     
  8. Feb 15, 2009 at 6:46 AM
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    lol... thanks... next time I'll know better not to go crazy with the grease... :laugh:
     
  9. Feb 15, 2009 at 6:53 AM
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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:
     
  11. Feb 15, 2009 at 6:56 AM
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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?
     
  13. Feb 15, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    lol... no worries... I was only a member of that "other" website at the time... :laugh:
     
  14. Feb 15, 2009 at 7:22 AM
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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.
     
  15. Feb 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM
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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!
     
  16. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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    So I should pump in grease until I hear a popping sound? And will any grease work?
     
  17. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:24 PM
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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.
     
  18. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:28 PM
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    I hope I hear the pop before I see the bulge!!
     
  19. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:29 PM
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    And chris4x4, what kind of oil do you use in your rear differential?
     
  20. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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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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