- Sep 5, 2016
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Welcome to the club old boy! Yep, I've had to do the same with my front wheels and inner arches/suspension in the past, thick sticky layer of grease with loadsa road dirt mixed in.Start of a new year so a good reason to remove the wheels and give the old bus a good pressure wash underneath, get rid of 2022's mud, crud, and salt buildup.
So off with the alloys and it became pretty clear there is an issue with the offside front outer CV joint, most of the grease from within the joint was plastered around the rim and close proximity to the wheel arch, and the CV boot is split in the center.
That will most likely account for some of the noise if not all that I'm experiencing on the front end, it's probably just rotating in a smear of grease, not ideal and I expect it has worn a bit more as a result.
That's next week's job, I'll fit the repacked OEM drive shafts and new CV boots I have as they are better even as they are than the rubbish auto doc items fitted at present.
Whilst wheels were off and everything was clean I opted to wind back the front coil-overs 25mm, they were at 70mm compression, now at 55mm so in real terms that's about 15mm higher ride height, going up a bit may also helps the top control arm bushes a bit, I'll see how it goes for a week and may wind it up another 15mm.
Rears are fine.
KW's are such an easy setup to adjust, just allen key and 1 c-spanner and caliper and good to go.
All alloys spanking clean again, that front offside was a pig to get grease-free, CV grease can be a right pain to dissolve sometimes so I let it soak in Junk for an hour.
Finished with shampoo and set for the old bus.
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I've usually found an old dish washing brush and a nylon pot scourer along with plenty paraffin will get them clean n shiny again.
Nice shiny suspension bits are always good to see too! Especially when I've got your old bits on my car now.........