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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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What is the beat front end suspension lubricant

What is the best lubricant to use on front end suspension that will lubricate, last and not collect the dust and dirt?
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I have always used a black moly grease. All the ball joints, tie rod ends etc. should have boots that hold the grease, wipe off the excess when done lubricating it, a light coat of oil on everything that isn't painted is a good thing. You can rub some on with a rag, let it soak in then wipe it off. Will last for years. Occasional rain spray or a light spray from the garden hose will wash off any dust. For a concours restoration, there are whole pages dedicated for each nut and bolt.

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Mobil1 Red synthetic here.
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No special secret on which lubricant. Biggest two things are make sure it has lube and make sure the lube is clean. Make sure all your dust boots are in place. A fresh squirt every so often helps insure the two points are covered.


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Been using the Valvoline FLM Moly grease for decades. Cartridges for the grease gun, a tub for bearings.



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I'm just starting to learn that sealed lubed-for-life ball joints really aren't all that bad. I've seen many go for a long long time. Somehow my greaseable fittings get the blown out dust boot sooner or later. Greaseable tie rod ends seem to last longer. I like the kind that has a shield rather than a full boot. You can grease them and then wipe off the excess. But those need to be greased more often.
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How about spray lubricants for bushings?
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For Delrin like many of the aftermarket arms, I use the synthetic Neo (red) grease.
I also us it for tie rods, ball joints, etc....
For wheel bearings i use a synthetic Valvoline (IIRC).
I don't have any rubber or urethane bushings in the suspension so don't know there.
Probably any good grease is fine.

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Oh boy. This thread has made me realize that once I get my shell back together, I'll have a whole 'nother world of things to address

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For lubrication of exposed parts where moisture and/or dirt retention is an issue, and no provision is made for lubrication (grease fitting, hole for a needle, etc.) my lubricant of choice is powdered graphite.

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Is there a spray lubricant for bushings that is ok for runner or poly? I believe mine are original on my 71 Mustang but don't know if rubber or poly.
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If its original its rubber and beyond time to be replaced with new rubber
No grease is not going to collect dust or dirt, thats what the boots are for. When you add grease through a zerk you are wanting to push any dirt out then wipe off any excess. Use SuperLube or whatever else is poly specific, just because its synthetic doesnt meant its good for poly.
Ive used things like white lithium or other things with teflon or graphite in a spray can to stop squeaks but it doesnt last long because without disassembly of things like the strut rods or sway bar its not going to get full coverage and what it does get is being squeezed out.

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Polyurethane is a tough one to lubricate properly because even water breaks down poly. (something
that Energy Suspension, et al conveniently don't ever mention)
We used NEO red synthetic on the limited amount of poly stuff we sold/installed. Mobil 1 red synthetic
is fine as well.

Incidentally, that white crap Energy supplies with their bushings is pretty much worthless in my experience.

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