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Old 05-21-2012, 08:56 AM
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So, I'm finally tearing apart the front axle. Two reasons for doing this: 1) blown axle seal on left side...2) and more important...Robbie is going to install new 4.88 gears and ARB lockers!!!!

So, question on grease...

can someone recommend what brand and where to get the two types of grease (and quantities) required for the front axle re-build? The FSM says Moly (I assume this is moly-fortified NLGI 2) for the Birfield/Knuckle and then NLGI 2 Lithium for the hub bearings. I was in NAPA this AM dropping off my rotors to be turned (going 100 series pads) and there was a whole slew of grease choices, but pretty much just Valvoline and NAPA branded. Is there somewhere else I should check, or are these grease choices OK? Where would I find synthetic (Mobil 1?)? Also, the moly-fortified only came in the small quantity containers...don't I need quite a bit for the knuckles?

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Old 05-21-2012, 09:11 AM
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So, question on grease...

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Old 05-21-2012, 09:20 AM
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Is there a specific old thread I should dig up? Key words?
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don't even use those words. I think that troll does a web search for people mentioning the name and then contrinues his trolling.


Paul, I would say you're on the right track, and the Valvoline would be fine. My dad found that the synthetic Valvoline would separate in the knuckle and leak out, so he's gone back to good ol' dino grease on his front end. Search the 80 series FAQ on MUD?
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no.. there is usually a troll that visits us when this issue comes up.

my .o2 is moly forified for the birfs. seperate them clean and repack. some in the cavity but it doesn't need to be packed tight. my .02 2 tubs should be sufficient.

I don't use moly on my bearings. I use regular valvoline red wheel bearing grease. anything that is high temp should be fine. one tub should be sufficient. Look up how to repack a bearing with your palm if you don't know how.

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There are a couple of key words that you shouldn't use because they attract trolls. Specifically words that end in *oop.

I used a red synthetic grease when I did mine, I thought it came from NAPA but maybe it was Broadway Auto on Arapahoe. I don't think it really matters that much as long as it's moly loaded grease in the birf. As with any bearing application, getting it clean and free from contamination is the most important step in the job.
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Thank you. I guess I'll go with the normal high-temp NLGI2 wheel bearing grease for the hubs and pick up a few of the moly-fortified for the knuckles.

Does anyone on the N Side have a SST for the rear axle? Or a home-made one? What about for installing the inner axle seals?
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My preferred moly grease is Valvoline Palladium. I think that's what Robbie likes as well. Good stuff.
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Bout time....

I'm the same as everyone else. All grease sourced from Napa - I used the Valvoline Palladium with Moly for the birf/knuckle, and then regular red wheel bearing grease for the hub bearings. They didn't have tubs of the Palladium at my location, so I just bought like 6 or 8 tubes, and then returned what I didn't use.

I don't have an SST for any of it, but for the front inner seals I think I just used a socket that was the same size as the seal, and then put a long extension on it to tap it on. Others have used a block of wood with a small diameter piece carved into the end that could fit into the knuckle and then knock in the seal into place.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:28 PM
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Paul I've got the install tool for the inner seal you can borrow, also a 54mm but looks like you're well past that one! The SST for the back is a nice to have but not required, you can use screwdrivers to twist it, or just tap on it- only must have tool IMO is the impact screwdriver for getting those phillips screws loose the first time. Let me know.
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