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Old 11-11-2006, 04:22 PM   #1
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Alright guys I remember you all going through this while I was in Iraq. Now it's my turn. Went to zirk the axle fitting and boy....You pay good money so you don't have cheap things that **** you off...not in this case. The push in zirks are a joke. I stopped trying after 2 came out with the gun. Don't think I got a bit of grease in them. WW you got to be kidding me... hello.... Anyway Sean, 56, when you all get back from your outings what was the best fix for this.

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Old 11-11-2006, 04:22 PM   #2
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Alright guys I remember you all going through this while I was in Iraq. Now it's my turn. Went to zirk the axle fitting and boy....You pay good money so you don't have cheap things that **** you off...not in this case. The push in zirks are a joke. I stopped trying after 2 came out with the gun. Don't think I got a bit of grease in them. WW you got to be kidding me... hello.... Anyway Sean, 56, when you all get back from your outings what was the best fix for this.

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Old 11-11-2006, 10:59 PM   #3
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Watching this one!!!

Was able to get most of mine.

What's with 1/2 of the rear ones being ground off??? That way on both sides and on my buddy's trailer too???
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Have you checked this thread for info?

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Old 11-12-2006, 08:39 AM   #5
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Tom How are you? Thanks for the link. Looks like I have some catching up to do. I read the thread. Lots of good info. My question now is none of the parts on my WW are worn and because I was in Iraq I really don't have many miles on her yet. I just wanted to be proactive and give them all a shot of grease. Those press in zirks are a joke. Anybody thought of just driling and taping each bolt to use screw in zirks?

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Doing good Griz, thanks.

If I remember correctly you can buy Zerk's that are self tapping, screws in with like a turn or two, that might work. I'd check with Sean first though cause he's been there and is familiar with the problem, might save you some grief.

I do agree with greasing them early, mine wasn't greased when I got it, now I hit them every spring, or when I feel like playing with my pneumatic grease gun. Good luck with the project.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Grizwald2:
Alright guys I remember you all going through this while I was in Iraq. Now it's my turn. Went to zirk the axle fitting and boy....You pay good money so you don't have cheap things that **** you off...not in this case. The push in zirks are a joke. I stopped trying after 2 came out with the gun. Don't think I got a bit of grease in them. WW you got to be kidding me... hello.... Anyway Sean, 56, when you all get back from your outings what was the best fix for this.

Griz </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Griz,

My shackle bolts were did not take grease either. Turning them did not solve the problem. I had the axle manufacturer send me 24 new bolts which I installed and promptly greased.

Here are the photos of the old ones... and a new bolt

Pictures....
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Howie, I haven't had the privilege of jacking the axles up yet. Obviously this will take place in front of my house on pavement so I better use something to keep from putting dimples in the pavement. Did you do one wheel at a time or did you jack up and support the frame and do all three of one side at a time? Also I don't think my bolts are in bad shape I just hate the press in zirks. I'm wondering if I just take the bolts out and clean them up and drill and tap the holes for screw in zirks. If that is not possible than what did you have to pay for 24 bolts and are they better than the original..i.e. screw in zirks?

It was great meeting you and Sandyfeet, King Salami and Lady Di. Its great putting a face to a name isn't it. It must be nice to do the camping thing for 2 weeks. Two days was not enough for me. Heck I never even got to go look at all you mods Howie.....Next year!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Grizwald2:
Howie, I haven't had the privilege of jacking the axles up yet. Obviously this will take place in front of my house on pavement so I better use something to keep from putting dimples in the pavement. Did you do one wheel at a time or did you jack up and support the frame and do all three of one side at a time? Also I don't think my bolts are in bad shape I just hate the press in zirks. I'm wondering if I just take the bolts out and clean them up and drill and tap the holes for screw in zirks. If that is not possible than what did you have to pay for 24 bolts and are they better than the original..i.e. screw in zirks?

It was great meeting you and Sandyfeet, King Salami and Lady Di. Its great putting a face to a name isn't it. It must be nice to do the camping thing for 2 weeks. Two days was not enough for me. Heck I never even got to go look at all you mods Howie.....Next year!

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Griz,

I called AL-KO and spoke with the warranty folks at (574) 294-6651. I told them about the fact there was no grease in the shackles and the zerks would not accept grease. They send me 24 new bolts w/zerks .... no charge.

I think it's easier to replace the entire new bolt w/zerk as opposed to trying to press in new zerks.

I did it one wheel at a time.. but needed two jacks and a pilot bolt to finess the project.
As you push the old bolt out, use a same size bolt to keep the alignment for eazy replacement

Can you and family make it to the '07 Prez Day Rally at Spot X?
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Great Info Howie, I will give them a call. Presidents day 19 Feb right. I will ask the clan. They all loved Spot X. I will let you know.

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