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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-12-2003, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Springtime Inspection/Lube Job

Yep, it’s that time of year for a chassis inspection and lube job.


Hmmmm, the slip joint was dry as a bone. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
Took a bit of time to get it greased and freed back up.
It had been clunking pretty badly during stops and starts the last couple weeks.


Ujoints/double cardan joint look great.
Just needed some fresh grease in those parts.
The noted “port” is for greasing the centering ball.
Adapter for grease gun shown on right.


Crickey. The rear shock “poly” bushings were totally shot. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Note the destroyed insert.
I had a few extra, and just installed the unused rubber bushings that came with the shocks.
Whew, that, (and the lubed slip-joint) sure quieted the rear end clunks down. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


OK….OK.
For <font color="blue">TheJuice</font color>, <font color="blue">NORM</font color> et all:
Notice anything missing??!!


Holy Cow!
Even with all your words of encouragement,
I would have never believed the difference that trashing the sway bars has shown.
This thing is an entirely new rig on our most beautifully horrid washboarded/potholed dirt roads.
Awesome!
On the trail, is an even greater success story.
You can tell each corner is doing it’s own thing now,
and is not affected by the “cause and reaction” syndrome that it had with the bars intact.
I also notice I’m not “cringing” anymore when I see a big hit coming up.

Off camber situations will take a little getting used to. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
The body sure leans more than before, but when I got out to take a look,
again….all 4 tires were firmly planted to the ground. NICE!

Oh…..as far as “on the highway performance” goes.....
Sheesh, forgot about all that worry. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Probably, because, I didn’t notice any appreciable difference.

Here’s a shot from the top of my little testing grounds, about 10-15 minutes from the house. Nice view, eh? [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]

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You finally just took the sway bar off? I tried mine without once. I never put it back. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Wahoooo! Well, now that that's out of the way (after a year or so of "encouragment"), you should enjoy your rig on the trails a lot more this summer. Between airing down, no sways, going a bit lighter on the shock dialing (9000's), I can make those washboard roads driveable. I used to hate getting the reapeated hammering, I thought the dashboard would shake loose.

I do think that on twisty mountain roads you will wish they were on, but at least on my end, I don't speed anyway, so I prefer them off. It does create more body lean though.

Do you have a boot for your slip shaft? That will help keep the grease in it, and contaminants out if you seal it to the driveshaft.

Wonder why your shock bushing is getting eaten up so bad? knowing you, I'm sure you're not overtorquing the bolt...

I won't even comment on the cleanliness of the garage/work area.... [img]images/graemlins/puke.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Wahoooo! Well, now that that's out of the way (after a year or so of "encouragment"),
you should enjoy your rig on the trails a lot more this summer.

Yep! I'm still "giddy" with hapiness and my new-found smooth ride.

I do think that on twisty mountain roads you will wish they were on........It does create more body lean though.
Actually, It was handling the "twistys" just fine.
It's when we went across grade, had the left side tires on dirt,
and the right sides about 2-3' up on top of a remaining snow drift when the going got tough. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
"Lean out the window further babe!"

Do you have a boot for your slip shaft?
Me thinks I'm going to be checking into that. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Wonder why your shock bushing is getting eaten up so bad? knowing you, I'm sure you're not overtorquing the bolt...
That is a good question, and the correct answer.
I'm certainly not overtorquing them, but they were sure wasted.
A couple of the fronts don't look so good either. (worn lower bushings)
150,000 miles on the shocks and bushings, and more importantly, the fact that they're too short, must be leading to the failure.
Remember, those are all stock shocks with my 2-1/2" to 3" lift. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
I do have the materials now to do your rear lower shock mount relocation, so that should help the travel problem.

I won't even comment on the cleanliness of the garage/work area....
"A clean shop is a happy shop!" [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
At least my suspension components look well used now.
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Prevention is the best medicine.

I wonder how many lube shops drop the rear drive shaft to lube the centering ball? I have too to get to mine. Good picture!
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WD - If I had places like that 15 minutes from home, I don't know if I'd ever drive back. I ENVY you. I'd probably wreck out there from looking at the scenery and not paying attention to the trail [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img].
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way to go man, it makes a world of difference on the trail with those things off, but youll see the full extent of it soon enough!

P.S.-those dont look like MTR's in that pic! [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: Springtime Inspection/Lube Job

P.S.-those dont look like MTR's in that pic!
No, they sure don't do they. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Still running the studs (235/85/16's) for now.
We're not out the woods here as far as snowfall, till after Memorial Day.
(In fact, they're legal in this state till May 31st.)
And, the more I run around on the studs, the more life the MT/R's will have for the real trail runs. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

WD - If I had places like that 15 minutes from home, I don't know if I'd ever drive back. I ENVY you.
Thank you very much, <font color="blue">johnski</font color>. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
However, I ENVY you for living so close to NASCARland. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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A clean shop is a sign of a sick mind [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img].Where did you get the adapter gizmo for the grease gun?

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Where did you get the adapter gizmo for the grease gun?
Any "reputable" auto supply store would carry them.
Sould be around $10, give or take.
I've had it several years, so I'm not exactly sure which store I got mine from. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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