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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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Type of grease!

Hello everyone I was wondering what brand and type of grease do you use on your suspension parts? I have the Currie arms and they are starting to creek little. I'm thinking the grease I use may be wrong for them. Thanks in advanced!

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Unread 07-16-2013, 10:45 PM   #2
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What grease do you use? The grease does two things: expels water and lubricates the joints.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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If I remember correctly I'm using a synthetic grease from shell if I am correct. My Grandfather had a tube extra that he uses on his tractors.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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"green grease" here.... http://www.greengrease.net/
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How often are you greasing them? How are you greasing them (bolt zerks or housing zeros)?

Seems like from what I've seen greasing methods are all over the place with JJs and there's confusion about greasing through the housing or through the bolt. The best method I've seen is complete disassembly, clean every joint, and apply some high moly CV type grease.
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didn't read the whole post I apologize, when I started getting some creeking coming out of my JJ, it turns out that I didn't have the bolt tight enought holding the control arm in place....make sure that they are as tight as you can get them....I retightened all of mine and thus far no more creeking.
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Yea, I tightened them up last night but they are still creaking a little. I had gone about 6 moths or more and they started it. I was thinking I would have to take them apart and rebuild them if they kept on creaking.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 03:14 PM   #9
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Yea, I tightened them up last night but they are still creaking a little. I had gone about 6 moths or more and they started it. I was thinking I would have to take them apart and rebuild them if they kept on creaking.
how long have you had them?
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Unread 07-17-2013, 03:29 PM   #10
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One thing to know about greasing Johnny Joints... the clearances inside are SO TIGHT that they don't readily take grease through the zerk fitting. I pretty much realize that to get them thoroughly greased that I'll have to take the joint apart & grease it internally by hand, then put it back together. Fortunately Johnny Joints don't usually require greasing all that often.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 07:10 AM   #11
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I've had them for a year and a half now. Just recently started this creaking and I am pretty positive that it is coming from the front lowers. I may have to take them apart and make sure the joint is still okay. and clean and grease them.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:35 AM   #12
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I agree with freeskier and Jerry. I just went through this with my one year old JJ's. Greasing them through the zerks is a real hit or miss thing (more miss than hit).
On all my JJ's the ball had no hole for the grease to get in from the greasable bolts, and even if they did it would still be a crap shoot on getting any grease between the ball and bushing. The grease zerk on the housing is a better bet, but still more miss than hit.

Pull the arms, take them apart, clean and grease them. Your joints are probably fine, mine were all very stiff and dry as a bone but the components were all fine. I paid particular attention in polishing the hardened ball. Currie makes a tool for taking the joints apart, but I managed with a long bolt, socket and washers in varying combinations to remove and install the components. You will also need a decent set of snap ring pliers.

Took me about sixteen hours to go through all sixteen joints and three tracbar joints, which are a little different (inner bushing is one piece). Not looking forward to doing this again.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 10:04 AM   #13
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You might consider a penetrating dry lube that can be sprayed on. Something like Molybdenum Sulfide with an evaporating carrier.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #14
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use a silicone grease. Petroleum based grease may break down rubber components faster.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 02:24 PM   #15
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use a silicone grease. Petroleum based grease may break down rubber components faster.
There is no rubber in the Currie Johnny Joints the OP has.
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