Warm temperatures are here, and there is mud all over the place.. I mean, DEEP MUD, 2-4 feet deep... and black bears, washed out roads and trails... you get the picture, I cross a couple of deep holes within a month... How often do you guys and girls change your diff, trans, and tcase lubes ?? How often do you take your front hubs apart to grease them ??
My Jeep is in deep mud and water all the time too. I try to check fluids after each wheelin' trip and see if the oil is milky or brown. If there is much of either, it gets changed.
After getting very tired of tearing down my Dana 60, I have installed grease zerks in my hubs so that I can fill them with grease. The idea is if the hub is FULL of grease, there will be no room for water. So far, results are good. The next step is to make the inner spindle bearing greaseable also...
I got tired of replacing parts like that a long time ago. So if i'm out wheeling for the weekend I'll repack the hubs and bearings when I get home os sometime during the week. I have found that with everything freshly packed I don't really need to change my fluids as much. I still change them at least twice a season, with mild wheeling.
vtcj7, first you need to get rid of any axle that has those evil Torx bolts.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
I want to add drain plugs to my axles too, but want to protect the drain plug from rock damage without losing clearance. Toys have a heavy slice of steel pipe welded around the plug. Anyone have any other ideas?