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INDIAN OUTLAW 02-23-2014 09:06 AM

To lube or not to lube 4 bar end links?
 
Hello all!
once again I am faced with a minor problem and need some guidance.
Is it necessary to lube the end bushings on a four bar setup to prevent squeeks and aide in smooth movement? The ends that I am using have no zerk fittings or any way to lub them other than removing them, lube and reinstall. If it is necessary to lube them on a regular intervial is it possible to install a zerk fitting? I thought about just drilling and tapping in a zerk fitting underneath the body so it would be out of sight. But I dont think that will work becuse of the inner sleeve.I think that the greese will fill the cavity between the body and sleeve and not lube the bushing or bolt. what you think?
Frank

3quarter32 02-23-2014 10:14 AM

What type of bushing are they? If they are nylon, I don't think I would lube them. If bronze, They could be lubed with grease. You could drill a hole for the zerk, all the way through the bushing so it would lube the bolt or shaft. They don't really move to much. I think I would be concerned with dust or grit being attracted to the lube, and getting inside the bushing. If you hit the zerk with grease before any long runs, it would push out any grit that may be collected around the bushing. If they are rubber bushed, no lube at all. It would soften and ruin the rubber. Just my thoughts.
Lee

INDIAN OUTLAW 02-23-2014 10:54 AM

Thanx Lee! That makes good sense!
They are some type of rubber/nylon/urtherine who realy knows.
do you lub them when you install them?
frank

3quarter32 02-23-2014 11:59 AM

I never lubed when I had that type. They are probably urethane. They will last for lots of miles, and not that expensive to replace when worn out. Like I said, they don't really move all that much, maybe less than a quarter of an inch at the most. You could use some black RTV at the ends of the bushing to keep grit out when you attach them.
Lee

TriodeLuvr 03-09-2014 02:04 AM

The company I bought my new urethane bushings from also sells lube that they claim is important to the job. I didn't include it in the order, but I installed the bushings with a thin layer of clear silicone grease, just to be sure. Home Depot and Lowe's sell it as plumber's grease.

Jack

INDIAN OUTLAW 03-09-2014 06:13 AM

Thanks Jack!
I have talked to four different manufactures of urethane bushings and thay all say something different on the subject. I guess the best thing to do is, do as the manufacter of my bushings says.(They say it realy dont matter) So there you have it!! case solved!!
Sorry for being a smart a$# but it gets frustrating trying to get answers to what I think is a simple question.
I will take Lees advice and dont lube them. like he said they dont move much and are cheep to replace!!

INDIAN OUTLAW 03-09-2014 06:22 AM

Lee
I like the new orange skin!!!!!!
frank

3quarter32 03-09-2014 09:30 AM

Thanks Frank, I am still trying to figure out for sure what color it is. Sometimes it looks red, sometimes orange. The can said Ford Tractor Red. If parked by an orange car, it does look more red. Oh well, I am happy with it.
Lee

INDIAN OUTLAW 03-09-2014 11:45 AM

Lee
How about redish orange.You think that the can got labled wroung?
by the looks of the pic it looks a little flatt almost a satin. I am with you I like it!!
frank

3quarter32 03-09-2014 02:47 PM

Yes it is flat or maybe even satin. The paint is from TPC Global and the brand is Flatz. Very easy to maintain, and patch when needed.
Lee


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