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Old July 22nd, 2012, 04:45 AM   #1
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Ball joints with grease zerks

I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 06:41 AM   #2
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Re: Ball joints with grease zerks

still waking up....will look at mine later (XP) and decide if it is a good idea to drill on an XP.

idea apprecoiated Grizzly guy...

Here's a thought for any zerk that may get knocked off:
use a blank as shown.
one place I practice that is on my trailer. My leaf spring suspension was upgraded to a lube system. Most times you can leave the zerks acceible for greasing. A couple of the zerks are dangerously close to the tire. You know which ones. So everyso often when I take the tires off to rotate and grease I have to have my little kit. Note: slightly snug is sufficient. You don't have to tighten the hell out of it.

Another place to consider the "blank" trick is on the front of a tractor loader bucket. Those bottom links where the bucket attaches. Don't ask mehow I know.
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Re: Ball joints with grease zerks

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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
What if you removed the grease zerks after greasing and installed some kind of plug for the hole that is less likely to get knocked off?
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Re: Ball joints with grease zerks

This winter, I am going to install Alemite fittings into my ball joints. Similar to a Zerk fitting, but uses a pointed adapter on the end of your grease gun. Flush style Alemite fittings were designed to be used in areas where the head of a Zerk fitting may get knocked off, such as in material buckets on construction equipment. About $2 each, 10 minutes to install, and hopefully provide at least double the life of the ball joints shipped with almost zero lube in them!
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This winter, I am going to install Alemite fittings into my ball joints. Similar to a Zerk fitting, but uses a pointed adapter on the end of your grease gun. Flush style Alemite fittings were designed to be used in areas where the head of a Zerk fitting may get knocked off, such as in material buckets on construction equipment. About $2 each, 10 minutes to install, and hopefully provide at least double the life of the ball joints shipped with almost zero lube in them!
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This winter, I am going to install Alemite fittings into my ball joints. Similar to a Zerk fitting, but uses a pointed adapter on the end of your grease gun. Flush style Alemite fittings were designed to be used in areas where the head of a Zerk fitting may get knocked off, such as in material buckets on construction equipment. About $2 each, 10 minutes to install, and hopefully provide at least double the life of the ball joints shipped with almost zero lube in them!
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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...


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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
Why are your tie rod ends installed on the bottom side? nice idea on the zerk fittings, next time i have to do mine (it will be soon) ill drill and tap.
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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
What if you removed the grease zerks after greasing and installed some kind of plug for the hole that is less likely to get knocked off?
like what for example?
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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
Why are your tie rod ends installed on the bottom side? nice idea on the zerk fittings, next time i have to do mine (it will be soon) ill drill and tap.
I still use my stock wheels from time to time they are only 12" and they wont fit with tie rod on top...

derek1 i used a small tap to get the zerks in.

I also thought of taking them out and plugging still thinking about it.

TO ALL JUST REALIZE THE BALL IS VERY CLOSE TO THE ZERK THATS WHY YOU NEED TO PUT IT OFF CENTER AND DONT OVER TIGHTEN LIKE SAID ABOVE... It steers way easier and no squeeks!!!
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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
What if you removed the grease zerks after greasing and installed some kind of plug for the hole that is less likely to get knocked off?
like what for example?
Look up top in 2nd post the little allen head plugs would work.
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Re: Ball joints with grease zerks

i'm interested in the flush style fitting thing and will look at some today.

Trusting that they don't allow any grit/ debris to enter....cause the smallest little spec of stuff that gets in and your grease gun won't pump.

I should have said in my post above that a little cleanliness and care is used despite the photo looking like they were in a sand storm.
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Re: Ball joints with grease zerks

hmmm...

dirt issue aside - is that intended for light duty? will that force grease thru bigger stuff like i described above?
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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
Why are your tie rod ends installed on the bottom side? nice idea on the zerk fittings, next time i have to do mine (it will be soon) ill drill and tap.
To the best of my knowledge (and it is fading with age) The tie rod ends are always mounted to the Bottom of your steering knuckles on a RZR. If you put them on top, you will get a condition called bump steer.
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Re: Ball joints with grease zerks

Not to beat the topic to death, but an Alemite fitting has a one way check valve and is every bit as effective as a Zerk fitting, but it does need a bit of extra effort to clean prior to applying the grease nozzle.
On a side note, I used to service golf course equipment. We had a few machines that you had to remove a plug, install a grease Zerk fitting, grease the joint, and then remove the Zerk fitting and reinstall the plug. And we used Food Service Grade grease.
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I added these grease zerks. You need to do it yourself. I have never seen any with them installed. Drill and tap. Do it a little of center, i recommened tring it on a old one first. It will only take about a half a pump of the gun. Yeah i know they may get knocked off on the bottom but if this makes them last 1 more month its worth it to me...
Why are your tie rod ends installed on the bottom side? nice idea on the zerk fittings, next time i have to do mine (it will be soon) ill drill and tap.
To the best of my knowledge (and it is fading with age) The tie rod ends are always mounted to the Bottom of your steering knuckles on a RZR. If you put them on top, you will get a condition called bump steer.
Unless you have a lift kit, then flipping the tie rods to top side would be beneficial.
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