What grease for greasable shackles

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 12:17
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Have OME greasable shackles on the rear of the 'Lux. I asked ARB when it was done and they said I should use any 'rubber' grease in them.
Had the vehicle at a suspension place yesterday getting air bags fitted. Asked him and he said you should use a special polyurethane grease which has graphite added, but he also said it is hard to find and there should be no problem using 'normal' grease. The poly grease also seems to be not available in a cartridge, so a pain when you want to change grease.

So, for all you guys with greasable poly shackles, what grease do you recommend??
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Reply By: guzzi - Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 12:27

Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 12:27
Valvoline Val Plex M Moly grease.
Available from supercheap in 450G cartridges for $7 to $8.
Also works in CV joints, universals, ball joints, wheel bearings (disc and drum), suspensions etc etc etc.
That what your looking for?
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 13:49

Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 13:49
Thanks guzzi. I've been on the sites of at least a dozen shackle and bush manufacturer and most of the big grease manufacturers, plus dozens of others. No mention of what grease to use. Guess it is not that important. Found just one reference; on a UK Triumph site I think, that said to use either Molybdenum or Graphite grease. So I guess the one you mention fits the bill.

Guess I'll just change over to using it for my 'general purpouse' grease.

Norm C
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Reply By: time waster - Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 16:33

Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 16:33
Norm a question on your new leafs, do they not hold up the rear enough? is that why you have the bags fitted? and who did them and how much? I had an extra leaf put in my sr hilux and with the outback eagle on and 230Lt fuel fridge etc,etc it sits at its original std height.

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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 20:05

Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 20:05
tw, I got about 3 inch lift, which settled to about 2 inches. When I fully load for a trip, including CT with about 230 KG ball weight, I drops back to probably a bit over original hight.

Although I always carry a bit of weight (canopy, drawer unit, fridge, recovery gear, tools, 20 Lt water etc), we add a heap more fro trips.

I've added the air bags so I can readily adjust depending on the load. Considered the extra leaf, but thought the ride might be a bit hard for normal motoring unloaded.

Had it done by a local suspension specialist (Performance Suspensions) on Gold Coast. Cost was about $1,100, which is much more than Polyairs, but I think the Firestone product is better for my purpose.

They'll get their first test next week when we head to Fraser Island with a big load, 4 adults and the CT.
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Reply By: time waster - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 08:23

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 08:23
Thanks for that norm, I would be interested in how they go on your trip.
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