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Old 09-11-2018, 08:17 AM   #85
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Now you have my attention! Can you post pics? What size zerk fitting did you use? I know there pipe thread, drill size, was it difficult to drill?....I'm all over this.
Do tell, inquiring minds want to know!
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:23 PM   #86
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Now you have my attention! Can you post pics? What size zerk fitting did you use? I know there pipe thread, drill size, was it difficult to drill?....I'm all over this.
Do tell, inquiring minds want to know!
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Here ya go Buddy....
Used 1/4" grease fitting's(1/4 x 28 TPI) drill size 7/32, ( use a smaller for pilot hole)
Grease the drill's good so chip's stick, also grease tap, after each step, stick a round magnetic down in the hole to check for chip's..........Be really careful with the smaller pilot hole drilling it as not to break it off........1/8" or larger, take your time and drill slow and don't force the smaller drill to much..........you don't want to snap it off.........

The bottom of these are soft and drill really good.........
If your boot's are sealed, and not cracked, drill a 1/8" hole in the bottom ring of the boot for a grease relief.........when you grease them, old grease will come out this relief hole.
Hope this helps folk's out, this has been a big problem for a long time across the board!! Good luck
You can see in the first photo, I drilled the relief hole so the grease comes out on the upper arm and not where it can fall and make a mess......
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Here ya go Buddy....
Used 1/4" grease fitting's(1/4 x 28 TPI) drill size 7/32, ( use a smaller for pilot hole)
Grease the drill's good so chip's stick, also grease tap, after each step, stick a round magnetic down in the hole to check for chip's..........Be really careful with the smaller pilot hole drilling it as not to break it off........1/8" or larger, take your time and drill slow and don't force the smaller drill to much..........you don't want to snap it off.........

The bottom of these are soft and drill really good.........
If your boot's are sealed, and not cracked, drill a 1/8" hole in the bottom ring of the boot for a grease relief.........when you grease them, old grease will come out this relief hole.
Hope this helps folk's out, this has been a big problem for a long time across the board!! Good luck
You can see in the first photo, I drilled the relief hole so the grease comes out on the upper arm and not where it can fall and make a mess......
Isn't that 1/4 - 28 SAE thread ?
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Fittings are a tapered thread but are installed in straight tapped 1/4-28 holes.

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Taper Thread Grease Fittings are used on cars, trucks and many types of industrial machinery. It is recommended that SAE-LT taper threads (Society of Automotive Engineers Lubrication Threads) be installed into straight holes with a 1/4''-28 UNF-3B straight-threaded hole. The included angle of the thread for a 1/4"-28 taper thread grease zerk is 60º. Taper thread grease fittings include a dirt-excluding ball check. Taper thread grease fittings are also referred to as taper thread zerk fittings, taper thread grease zerks, or a taper thread zerk.

I am going to have to do this on our 2002. Boots are in ok shape but would like to get some new grease in a better way than the needle inject.
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My Ball joints are new, I just replaced them. Would have been awesome to have done this before I installed them...

But next free day I get I'm going to do this.
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Nice job palehorse89!

How deep did you have to drill? Just through the stamped steel? ie: thin?

When I first found that link...I was wondering if the Wanderlodge Upper would fit the K2 lower. I know my lower joint boots are gone. Haven't looked close enough at the upper's health yet.
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Nice job palehorse89!

How deep did you have to drill? Just through the stamped steel? ie: thin?

When I first found that link...I was wondering if the Wanderlodge Upper would fit the K2 lower. I know my lower joint boots are gone. Haven't looked close enough at the upper's health yet.
I am going to estimate 3/16" thick........
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That is great news, thank you! I'm going to accomplish that task very soon. I have a box of different size/shape zerk fittings, even some 3/16" drive-in type-no tapping, hope they work,if not drilling the larger size and tapping is still the plan..
Now I'm wondering why this old tool-maker didn't think of your plan too?


You might ask a moderator to make your post a sticky here in the Spartan forum so others may easily locate your excellent solution.
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Did mine today on 2007 MADP K2. 28K miles. Good news is there was good grease in the upper works of both joints. These have rotten boots and I have been rubber taping and injecting grease for 5 years. This goes a long way to costly ball joint replacement , We will just keep them greased often and hope for a long joint life . Have installed zerks in hot rod days . Should have thought of this sooner , thanks guys for the excellent idea .
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Put the grease fittings in the upper and lower ball joints. Piece O Cake. It took longer to polish the wheels (since they were off) than it took to put in the fittings and inject a dose of fresh grease. Wish the original owner had done this a long time ago. Hopefully I caught it in time. The joint boots are bad. I'll have to figure out something for that too. But happy I can now easily pump in fresh grease.

Thanx palehorse for the idea.
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So, anyone figure out replacement boots yet? Maybe the wunderlodge upper would fit the spartan lower? At least get one out of the way.

Might have to visit a NAPA and raid their ball joint shelves.
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I went through boot replacement's last year. Actually talked to the gentleman that made the mold's for the upper and lower for the Wonderlodge's. He sent me the measurement's for the upper and lower's and was will to send me a set for free to see if they would work. Spartan ball joint's are bigger and from the measurement's I could see they would not work. They were a 2 piece boot he made.......

I took a piece of 1/8" black rubber, 1-1/2" tall and wrapped it around the ball joint's and with a large cable tie secured the rubber to the "Spanner Nut" on the joint's.......then filled them with grease......if any water was to get through the grease, the slot's in the spanner nut will allow it out.
Best I could come up with when my long search for replacement boot's came to a end.......other's have CV joint replacement boot's..........
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