Grease / White Lithium for Suspension (1 Viewer)

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Hey all, sorry on mobile and having trouble navigating, but I’m wondering what’s the recommended procedure to grease/lubricate suspension and drivetrain components? I have silicone lube spray and white lithium spray and was thinking of loosening the ubolts and other metal on metal suspension components to get the white lithium in there good and then tighten up, and just going after anything rubber with the silicone. Anything more...elegant?

Side note - I have a 2” lift kit with some stiff as hell dampers and was thinking of replacing with KYB shocks - any issue replacing the OME shocks with “stock” KYBs considering the lift?

Just working to keep the truck on the road as long as I can and in the best shape I can - help much appreciated.
 
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Nope, that's the ticket, get after it, all those little chores will prolong life of spring pins, shackles, shock mounts/bushings. I find that replacing the spring bushings is easy and usually just put new ones in. The hood, door, rear gate, etc., all the metal latches , I use a dry silicone lube there. The pot metal armature for the blinkers inside the steering wheel likes the lithium lube also.
 
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Nope, that's the ticket, get after it, all those little chores will prolong life of spring pins, shackles, shock mounts/bushings. I find that replacing the spring bushings is easy and usually just put new ones in. The hood, door, rear gate, etc., all the metal latches , I use a dry silicone lube there. The pot metal armature for the blinkers inside the steering wheel likes the lithium lube also.
Thank you!
 
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Since you appear to live in a rust-prone state (MA), I would use anti-seize compound (buy the brush-bottle for $9) on all fasteners and liberally spray white Lithium (aerosol) grease on just about everything, especially any metal seams, and into the door bottoms. Silicone lube spray won't offer significant rust protection after a week or two.
 
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Since you appear to live in a rust-prone state (MA), I would use anti-seize compound (buy the brush-bottle for $9) on all fasteners and liberally spray white Lithium (aerosol) grease on just about everything, especially any metal seams, and into the door bottoms. Silicone lube spray won't offer significant rust protection after a week or two.

Good idea, I'll be sure to do that - I'm actually more worried about sand (I live on an island); she never sees snow or even rainy days really.
 
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Nantucket or MV, or another one? I 'wheeled a beater Ford Escort there (rental) while seeking to find Chappaquiddick.

MV and yea, Chappy is a weird bird with that single ferry entry/egress, although there is sometimes a landbridge of sorts people wheel across!
 

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Jack up to get the wheels off the ground .... leaves will separate a tad to have oils penetrate between them

I use a 'Stop-Squeak Lubricator' for springs... father was a trucker and previously worked at Grumman... came from his time lubricanting aircraft stuff ... great tool to get in between springs

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@Bear I had seen them before on ebay

Made by Herbrand ... 'Van-Chrome' #198

Afaik they are still in business in Canada .... but... do not think this is made anymore ... mine is from the 50’s
 

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Thanks, Johnny. I'm not much of a tool collector, but I researched the company a bit--they made some interesting specialized hand tools--most from vanadium chrome steel alloys. Found some photos with tool numbers, but not No. 198.

Kind of a shame that a lot of specialized tools are lost to history. The stories behind their development, and the logic in their designs, show some real ingenuity that very well might have applications to present-day needs. Thanks for sharing.
 

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