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86 TRX350 Replacing worn steering - should I grease pivot?

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Wondering if anyone can think of a good reason I shouldn't grease the steering pivot connecting the tie rods on my 86 fourtrax. The stock bushings were very worn down and there was a ton of play, so I ordered new bushings and dust seals for the pivot assembly.

The original seals were absolutely thrashed and totally worn through, so not surprising the bushings were worn so thin. The whole inside of the pivot was also dry as a bone.

So anyway I cleaned up the surfaces the dust seals ride so they are nice and smooth again so I figured I would grease the new bushings before re assembling and so the new dust seals arent just riding dry on the metal. My only hesitation is because nowhere in the service manual can I find anything about greasing said joint? The factory service manual is pretty vague on this part of the front end.

Anyone think of a good reason that I SHOULDNT grease this joint?

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I pack those seals full of grease to prevent them from wearing out and putting grooves in the steel. I grease the shaft & bushings too. On the '87 that I refurbed I drilled and tapped the bell crank for a grease zerk fitting as well. There is a gap between the upper and lower bushing halves once installed, which provides a channel for fresh grease to be shot in there.
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This is a drawing of the pivot arm. When looking at the actual casting you'll see a small spot that is thick enough to drill & tap for a tapered thread grease fitting. There is only one tiny spot on the casting where you can drill into that gap in the bushings and where the metal is thick enough to support a zerk. You'll see it once you look for it.


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