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Old 12-09-2019, 10:20 AM   #1
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IFS 1200S2 issues

Looks like the biggest issue with the Spartan IFS has been the ball joints. The previous owner of my TS DS04 said they were replaced by Spartan in MI. So, a couple of questions I have are #1. do the replacement ball joint have the same failure rate as the original installed ones? #2. what is the second most common issue with these Reyco/Granning IFS units or other common issues? thanks
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Looks like the biggest issue with the Spartan IFS has been the ball joints. The previous owner of my TS DS04 said they were replaced by Spartan in MI. So, a couple of questions I have are #1. do the replacement ball joint have the same failure rate as the original installed ones? #2. what is the second most common issue with these Reyco/Granning IFS units or other common issues? thanks
If I recall the ball joint issue was due to quality from supplier and may have run from about 2003 through 2005 +-. Not sure there is an issue with ball joints now. I had mine replaced 3 years ago at the Spartan Factory Service Center. Ball joints were still good but the boots were completely gone.
I am unaware of any other issues.

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I just recently replaced my ball joints, there's no difference in what was there vs the new parts....no "upgrade" boots ..... nada, zip, nothing & no grease fitting.

If you think joints are new, then I would install grease fitting zerks to allow the ball joints to be serviced.

There's a thread here on doing it.
With out adding grease fitting, expect same wear as old ones.


Only other parts that wear/need replacement would be steering stabilizers and shock absorbers. And if still on OEM air bags they should be closely inspected.

It's a great suspension that provides a awesome ride.
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...The previous owner of my TS DS04 said they were replaced by Spartan in MI. So, a couple of questions I have are #1. do the replacement ball joint have the same failure rate as the original installed ones? #2. what is the second most common issue with these Reyco/Granning IFS units or other common issues? thanks
Check your ball joints and if the boots are in good shape they have been replaced. If the boots are rotted they probably have not been replaced.

The problem is with the boots which disintegrate and allow dirt to grind away the ball joints. I believe the original joints would be OK if they had decent boots.

Macwrench has it right when he suggests installing zerk fittings to old or new ball joints. I'll attach a sheet someone gave me on how to add zerks.

The only other problem I have with my IFS is the 12,000 rating. Wish I had the 14,000.
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The only other problem I have with my IFS is the 12,000 rating. Wish I had the 14,000.
Can you explain your reason for your wish of a 14K IFS? I'm new to all this DP stuff? Thanks, pdf on grease fitting, and the PM.
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Can you explain your reason for your wish of a 14K IFS? I'm new to all this DP stuff? Thanks, pdf on grease fitting, and the PM.
So DW could carry more stuff!
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We are on our first trip in the new to us 2002 Spartan chassis. Will be doing the grease fittings mod as soon as we return home. Love this site for info like this.
I already knew about the balljoint issue because of the great info on this site, as I research every major purchase thoroughly.
Looks like the 17 yr old 44k boots are already splitting open. Adding the fittings and greasing them before each trip will no doubt postpone their inevitable replacement.
The other thing I will do at the same time is replacing the old shocks as the front end hits the stops way too often. Love the ride otherwise.
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If I recall the ball joint issue was due to quality from supplier and may have run from about 2003 through 2005 +-. Not sure there is an issue with ball joints now. I had mine replaced 3 years ago at the Spartan Factory Service Center. Ball joints were still good but the boots were completely gone.
I am unaware of any other issues.

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My 1999 Reyco-Granning IFS1200 boots disintegrated quickly too.
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