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post #1 of 35 Old April 28th, 2011, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs down Grease zerks.

Just thought I'd mention this: I was finishing up the installation of a new RokTec lift kit and decided to throw a little grease toward the suspension parts, ie, swing arms and such. I found two zerks that would not take grease so I pulled them and found they had never taken grease. They were as dry as a popcorn fart in a sand storm, as were the a-arm shafts. They were both 90 degree fittings and when I disassembled them I found the part with the check valve was not functioning. This is a pretty new machine so I'm hoping no permanent damage was done. I also found the rear swaybar was dry. These fittings worked okay, they just hadn't ever been greased. Polaris "Quality Control" is definitely in question. You guys migh want to check all your zerks.

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They were as dry as a popcorn fart in a sand storm
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Does anyone know the size/thread for the zerks?
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That WAS funny and thx for the heads up dude.
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Does anyone know the size/thread for the zerks?



A few notes on the serts:

The grease job on my XP was dismall at best. No complaining but some of us pointed it out over on the "problems thread" just as a heads up.
Easy fix as most of us has a grease gun and preferred grease.

What are they using? Look up that Polaris part#. It has to be an SAE std.
Problem is it is already drilled an tapped and you live with it.
If you need to replace it take it down to Pep Boys to match it. They will probably have a vernier at the counter if you don't at home.

If you want to drill and tap your own serts for whatever reason, and we have discussed that, use an UNDERSIZED drill bit in the THIN wall areas. That hole will open to the correct size super fast usually. I'm only talking about a few thousandths. If you start to insert the sert and there is too much resistence you can go with the .003 larger drill bit and like that feel threading it in.

In drilling and taping thick iron less caution is needed, just use the nominal drill size usually.

When in doubt find a test part.

You won't want metal shavings inside so consider a magnetic thingy. Sears sells them for a few bucks. you slide it over your bit a few times and its gaussed. Instant magnetic drill bits.

Another cheap way to magnetize is to lay it on a speaker magnet. It works.
All these guys with huge woofers have instant magnetizers.
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Does anyone know the size/thread for the zerks?
1/4" x 28 threads



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A few notes on the serts:
Mark, as much as I hate to fall into the ranks of the Internet spelling and grammar Nazis by correcting people here, I felt compelled to step up for Mr. Zerk.
Yes, it's Zerk fitting, named for its inventor. Oscar.

Consider it a public service message.

And a big thanks to the OP for making peeps aware and to Turkeyhunter for the specs.

Also there's one hidden on the rear of the drive shaft....grease that puppy

I love the smell of styrene in the morning....
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yes I know i use the slang and Jim has been helpfiul before.

More notes:

interesting that on the front arm uses both, the top uses the smaller 1/8" or metric???? in the center
and the bottom of the arm is 1/4" or metric???? outbound. (Mine does anyway)

My Machinery's Handbook shows metric in 5,6,7, 8,10,12mm and higher

God only knows what Polaris does.

Also BSP (British) std. in that book.

Hey Jim, add another raspberry Entenmanns to your list.
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Greased my suspension ones today
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Hey Jim, add another raspberry Entenmanns to your list.

Now, that's the best thing I've heard all day.....grew up not too far from the Entenmann's spread on L.I.

Kinda partial to the cream cheese filled coffee crumb cake myself...


Just for conversation sake, what are you guys using to grease your RZR's? Whatever you have in the gun or something special?

I love the smell of styrene in the morning....
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Thanks fellas. Because I keep the Rzr at my place up north, I often find myself trying to put together plans down here without the convenience of actually seeing/measuring.

I know one or two of my zerks seem to never want to take grease. I have to hold the gun fitting dead on, and strongly on, just to get the first one or two squeezes. It's not the coupler because it works fine on the sway bar and other zerks. I figured I simply could replace the zerks with new hardware.
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Hey Jim, add another raspberry Entenmanns to your list.

Now, that's the best thing I've heard all day.....grew up not too far from the Entenmann's spread on L.I.

Kinda partial to the cream cheese filled coffee crumb cake myself...


Just for conversation sake, what are you guys using to grease your RZR's? Whatever you have in the gun or something special?
I use Amsoil's Hi Temp Synthetic grease. It's purple-ish color.
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Green Grease.
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We always called them grease tits. I swear.


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Re: Grease zerks.

I know one or two of my zerks seem to never want to take grease..... I have to hold the gun fitting dead on, and strongly on, just to get the first one or two squeezes..........

they will do that - rock the joint around and fight it

more notes:

I use a multi-purpose Mystic brand. Temp rating is somewhat high and waterproof, but I'm willing to learn.

My XP splined drive shaft grease job was pretty hack. Clearly seen only if you have the center console off. The skid bellys are supposed to leave a hole for that? Polaris uses a funky white grease there, albeit 1/4 of the spline.
I spent some time on that joint.

Sure thought Jim was Raspberry last year not the Cream Cheese. The Raspberry's been effective for me....I'm stickin with it. Don't matter how old or hard it is you will get free stuff wherever you take it in. But take in that Cream Cheese and you might be mounting your own tires.
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