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Old May 26th, 2011, 04:00 PM
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lube this

why dont the ball joints on a Defender have fittings to be able to lube up?..cant remember the exact name of the fittings on regular trucks but ya why dont they have em? is that brit thing
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Old May 26th, 2011, 04:13 PM
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Used to be able to buy tie rod ends/ball joints for Series trucks with zerk fittings so you could grease them. They were Quinton -Hazel brand if I remember right. I haven't checked for a Defender but it would be nice to be able to push water and yuck out of them once in a while with a shot of grease.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 04:14 PM
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zerk .. thats the word i was looking for..

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Old May 26th, 2011, 04:21 PM
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DAP sells some....but they last about 30-seconds. The genuine rod ends seems to live a long time.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 04:40 PM
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Old May 26th, 2011, 07:25 PM
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Dan- Did you have bad luck with DAP's ends? please share

I just put a set of DAP ones on. I hope they will last. My genuine ones were dry and loose, grease would hve really helped. I think the best would be to drill and tap a zerk in to new genuine ends.... but I got lazy.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 08:01 PM
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In addition to DAP, Rovahfarm sells greasable ball joints.
I've used a fair number of them from DAP over the last 30+ years and only had one premature failure.
I'm sure others sell greaseable ball joints as well.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 08:30 PM
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What's the expected life span on these things? Can you feel when they've gone bad, or is it purely visual?
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Old May 26th, 2011, 08:56 PM
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I'm pretty sure DAP's are Lemforder joints drilled and tapped. I had really bad luck with both the DAP joint and the Lemforder joint. Some lasted as little as 3,000 miles. It was not just me, either, as others I know did not have very good luck. I switched over to genuine and have never looked back. I have a full set on a truck now with over 30,000 miles. Not sure how long they will last, but so far so good.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 12:25 PM
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Dan/Tom- when you say fail... are you talking wear out quick or disconnect fail ?

I'm not sure the DAP greasable are Lemforders they have a different shape... some other german brand I will check the bag when I get home.

My last set of genuine TRE's made it almost 20,000k of about 50% bad roads loaded heavy. Not bad, but the only reason they crapped out was because they were dry.

I'm going on a long haul down to Baja then up to Montana in a few weeks. I'll let you know if DAPs die.

Has anyone put a zerk fitting in the genuine TRE's?
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Old May 27th, 2011, 02:43 PM
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The one I had that failed early just seized up. It was so long ago, 20 years or so, that I can't remember if it was a greaseable one I failed to lube (not real likely but possible) or a "sealed" one.

I tried drilling and installing a zerk to one for a Series Rover about 20 or 25 years ago but wasn't comfortable with the result and never tried again because I found them that already have a grease fitting.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 02:54 PM
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The greasable tie rod ends I have on my Series have lasted 30 years, I know 'cause I put them on but I can't remember where I got them. Pretty sure they are Quiton-Hazel brand...at least that's what is on the box of the spare I have had forever.
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