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post #251 of 383 (permalink) Old 07-17-2018, 07:13 PM
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Retro: Earlier in this thread you "drilled" the ball joints, filled them with grease and sealed them with the 3M product. I assumed you drilled the "cover" of the ball joint. How did you prevent any drillings from getting in the joint? If I may ask what size hole did you drill. Want to do some preventative maintenance on my Rancher, this sounds like a good idea, as there is no conventional way to grease these joints.

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Shrade , my wife's 300 ball joints were squeaking last weekend , Monday , I put a hypodermic needle attachment on my grease gun with marine grease , stuck it right thru the rubber boot and greased them and the tie rod ends up , after about 10 up and down rocks on the front end the noise was gone and it steers easier
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Shrade , my wife's 300 ball joints were squeaking last weekend , Monday , I put a hypodermic needle attachment on my grease gun with marine grease , stuck it right thru the rubber boot and greased them and the tie rod ends up , after about 10 up and down rocks on the front end the noise was gone and it steers easier
it would be sweet if honda got smart enough ( they won't..because they want us to buy new parts ) if they put grease fittings on all the tie rod ends, ball joints, and everywhere else that could stand to use them !. ( rear brake pedal comes to mind )..lol.
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Swing arm bearings would be another good spot for a grease fittings
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Shrade , my wife's 300 ball joints were squeaking last weekend , Monday , I put a hypodermic needle attachment on my grease gun with marine grease , stuck it right thru the rubber boot and greased them and the tie rod ends up , after about 10 up and down rocks on the front end the noise was gone and it steers easier
Exactly how i did mine ^^^^ it made all the defrence in the steering!
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Retro: Earlier in this thread you "drilled" the ball joints, filled them with grease and sealed them with the 3M product. I assumed you drilled the "cover" of the ball joint. How did you prevent any drillings from getting in the joint? If I may ask what size hole did you drill. Want to do some preventative maintenance on my Rancher, this sounds like a good idea, as there is no conventional way to grease these joints.

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I drilled the tops of the new ball joints and tie rod ends using a sharp 1/16" drill bit which is ideal size for my greaser. Pile up a small mound of clean grease in the center of each joint (and drill through the grease) to catch and hold onto the drilling chips as they are cut from the thin tops. If you use a drill press you'll have the best results. Let the tool do all the work... don't force it through the steel and you'll catch every bit in the grease traps and your holes will be burr-free. Check the size of the hole in the tapered nose of your greaser before drilling and choose a slightly smaller drill bit for best results. Have fun with it!
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Thanks guys for all the great tips. Have a great weekend!
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I drilled the tops of the new ball joints and tie rod ends using a sharp 1/16" drill bit which is ideal size for my greaser. Pile up a small mound of clean grease in the center of each joint (and drill through the grease) to catch and hold onto the drilling chips as they are cut from the thin tops. If you use a drill press you'll have the best results. Let the tool do all the work... don't force it through the steel and you'll catch every bit in the grease traps and your holes will be burr-free. Check the size of the hole in the tapered nose of your greaser before drilling and choose a slightly smaller drill bit for best results. Have fun with it!
You were going to post some pics, right?
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erm... umm, err well... pics huh..? Yeah ok, great idea! These were posted way back when in the $20 350D thread. For a brief how-to click and go there, or just lookie here for those two pics.

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retro: Thanks for the pics, that is how I figured you did it.
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