Front End Heim Joints

JBINTX

Goblin Guru
This post got me thinking.
The heim joints used for the spindle pivots are able to be greased. Or at least the ones I received with the kit are.
On the threaded end, the very bottom, is a small grease hole. Using a grease gun with a rubber tip attachment, press against this hole and apply grease.
What one could do is build a threaded cap with a zerk fitting that threads into the A-arm back side from where the heim joint threads into. It would be a lot easier to grease, like a regular ball joint. I guess it could be plastic as it won't take a heat.
A threaded plastic pipe plug might work.
Hmm, a trip to Home Depot might be in order.
please post pics of this when done!
 

Waterdriver

Goblin Guru
This is what I came up with. I could only find 2qty aluminum blue caps locally and were a little pricey. I have some have caps on order that I found less expensive and already in black. Ordered enough to make 3 sets, so I could have two sets available if anyone might be interested.
Due to clearance, the lower control arm grease cup will require unbolting the shock at the control arm and rotating it 180 degrees so the dampener dial is facing inboard.
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Waterdriver

Goblin Guru
Is this going to be the squeak solution once and for all?????
Before and after report, please.
Well, I hope so. They'll be lubed for sure with grease in its "reservoir". I dont have a squeak now so it'll be hard for me to tell. I haven't put the miles on like some. Only a few autocross's and drives around the neighborhood.
I'll post some info once I get the the other ones built and installed.
 

Jcas

Well-Known Member
Well, I hope so. They'll be lubed for sure with grease in its "reservoir". I dont have a squeak now so it'll be hard for me to tell. I haven't put the miles on like some. Only a few autocross's and drives around the neighborhood.
I'll post some info once I get the the other ones built and installed.
Could be the answer but the newer joints do not have the hole in the center. I have the passengers side creaking. The new joints have a screwdriver style slot to add grease to. But they where designed to not be serviceable so looking at the grease able style. Or I may experiment and drill and tap and add a zerk to my current joints
 

ctuinstra

Goblin Guru
The best way to lube them is to lift the front of the car, remove one of the shock mounts to allow full travel of the suspension and spray lube in the ball joint while moving the suspension up and down. I would recommend a very light silicone spray lube, but everyone has their favorite. Once lubed, they usually never squeak again. Ours has never squeaked since lubing the first time on both builds.
 
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