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