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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Ball Joint Grease (Zerk) Nipple (Fitting) Install (Pic Heavy Reply with quote

I got my ball joints pressed in and decided to install grease nipples so I can service them every year with the front beam.

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Torsion arm with new ball joint freshly coated with Chassis Saver

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Grease nipples from Canadian Tire

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9/32 drill bit used to drill the holes.

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Greased the drill bit to catch the metal shavings.

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Drilling

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Hole

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Nipple installed

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Torsion arm partially installed. I won't fill it with grease until it's all back together.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you tap that hole?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I would certainly tap that.......ball joint hole. As a matter of fact I did just that years ago- fitted my ball joints with grease fittings, or zerks for you "others" out there.....
I think mine were 1/4- 20 thread, for those of you keeping score at home.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MidWesty79 wrote:
Did you tap that hole?


No, the hole is just big enough to accept the grease nipple. It's remarkably
easy to thread in. When you remove the nipple the threads are cut and could replace the nipple easily.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm...time will tell, you may get a suprise when the pressure from the grease gun starts pushing on the back of the nipple.
Nice writeup nonetheless.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent write up, FreedomBuild. Applause

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get yourself an old worn out zerk adapter to use. A new one is likely to rip the grease fitting right out of the ball joint when you try to remove it. Very occasional lubrication should suffice as the boot has no way to expel excess grease. Maybe just a couple of pumps every 5 years or so.

Great to have if and when the boots fail though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dasdachshund wrote:
Excellent write up, FreedomBuild. Applause

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Thanks! I try to post how-to's that I can't find. I hope people find this post useful!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the pictures disappeared and I can't edit them back in Mad here is the link to the FB page where the album is. Enjoy! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Ball Joint Grease Nipple Install (Pic Heavy) Reply with quote

Pictures re-added! Smile

FreedomBuild wrote:
I got my ball joints pressed in and decided to install grease nipples so I can service them every year with the front beam.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Torsion arm with new ball joint freshly coated with Chassis Saver

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Grease nipples from Canadian Tire

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

9/32 drill bit used to drill the holes.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Greased the drill bit to catch the metal shavings.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Drilling

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Hole

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Nipple installed

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Torsion arm partially installed. I won't fill it with grease until it's all back together.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Ball Joint Grease (Zerk) Nipple (Fitting) Install (Pic Heavy Reply with quote

I toyed with this idea last night. I started with the carcass of one of the old ball joints I removed as a test bed. Easy enough to drill a hole... and the tip of the drill bit seemed to make a nice divot in the top of the ball, too. Surprised

There does not appear to be much... or any useful... clearance between the cap and the ball. Not enough to think putting grease in there from a grease fitting will actually do anything useful. Insufficient clearance between ball and cap. I can only presume the new ball joints will have the same design. Not willing to make a divot into the top of the ball. Obviously, I could apply a collar stop to the drill so it stops at a prescribed depth, but the drill is pointed, so it will still need to travel to ensure the hole is large enough... that extra travel will pit the ball.

Anyone have another viewpoint?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Ball Joint Grease (Zerk) Nipple (Fitting) Install (Pic Heavy Reply with quote

Wasted youth wrote:
Anyone have another viewpoint?

Well you learn something new every day here, I learned this a few weeks ago:

SGKent wrote:
before you drill for zerk fittings go to this page and look at the photos. It is a study of the brands available. Some cannot be safely drilled.

http://www.wagenswest.com/how_to/bus_vanagon_ball_comparison.php

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Ball Joint Grease (Zerk) Nipple (Fitting) Install (Pic Heavy Reply with quote

I've installed zerks on a couple different ball joints including the ones they say you shouldn't. I just cut open a hole smaller than the zerk and jb weld it on. Works well.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Ball Joint Grease (Zerk) Nipple (Fitting) Install (Pic Heavy Reply with quote

If drilling the hole leaves a mark on the ball,then the grease fitting will probably bottom out and bind the joint.
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