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Old June 11th, 2009, 02:44 PM
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axle knuckle question

I just bought my Defender and the front axle has a very shiny peice of metal right where the knuckle is (looks like the knuckle rotates on it or something). Is there supposed to be a boot on these? And if so, where could i get a pair?

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Series rovers had leather boots over them but they hide any issues that might be occuring and the rubber seals do a good job of protecting the bits inside.
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ok. So it sounds like this is normal. I always worry when I see shiny metal like that.
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When the metal is pitted then you should worry.
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I would be more concerned as to why someone painted your axle casing silver.
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I would be more concerned as to why someone painted your axle casing silver.
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You can get leather gaiters for those joints (for defenders), although i had a set on my old 90, and they split, I never noticed, so they let in all the poo and mud, and mullered my chrome ball and oil seal.
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David, just so you know, the knuckle as you know it is inside of that. What you have is perfectly normal - just do regular maintenance like change the grease/oil in them and you will be fine.

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Very helpful. Thanks everyone!
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Yea, but its got nothing on gun metal silver with silver flake clear coat!

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I just bought my Defender and the front axle has a very shiny peice of metal right where the knuckle is (looks like the knuckle rotates on it or something). Is there supposed to be a boot on these? And if so, where could i get a pair?
For future reference the chrome bit is called the swivel ball, what it goes in to, where the large oil seal is, is called the swivel housing. The swivel ball is held in the swivel housing top and bottom by swivel pins.
Yes, you can get leather gaiters for them, and if saturated well with petroleum jelly before fitting will last a long time. I've found they are good in snow country to keep from packing snow on full turns and damaging the swivel oil seal. That said, I don't know anyone in the US who sells them. I got mine from PA Blanchard in the UK.
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