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    Why aren't there FRONT Grease zerks?

    I finally got out for a half decide ride on trails well north of me. A lot of dips and pools of water, irregular wash outs etc. My suspension got a good workout. The rears were just greased at the dealer for its 1st service. But I can't help but wonder why zerks never were installed for the fronts.

    Are the bushing some of the high tech impregnated synthetic bushings. Which don't require greasing. I know the rear is engineered for heavy loads in addition the the weight of the engine, gas, and cargo contents coupled with two occupants.
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    Bushings in the rear vs ball joints in the front.
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    Well clearly we're not looking at the same thing or how its moving.

    Down here on my trails the wheels going up/down in the suspension pivots near the chassis. There are at least two bushings on the upper and lower arms, nether of which can be greased. The ball joints handle when the wheel turns and I don't do that much turning on the trail (being mostly straight), unless dodging an obstacle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripplec View Post
    Well clearly we're not looking at the same thing or how its moving.

    Down here on my trails the wheels going up/down in the suspension pivots near the chassis. There are at least two bushings on the upper and lower arms, nether of which can be greased. The ball joints handle when the wheel turns and I don't do that much turning on the trail (being mostly straight), unless dodging an obstacle.
    The outer rear have grease points but not the inner rear. The outers take a lot more movement stress and load I believe.
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    "But I can't help but wonder why zerks never were installed for the fronts. "

    As per the first post I started. FRONTS NATA
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    I have wondered that in the past and even thought about drilling and tapping for some zerks. But how many problems has anyone heard of these components, practically none. And if and when I do need to address I will probably just go with Delrin bushings and/or drill and tap it then. Personally I am more bothered by the fact we cannot grease the front ball joints. I am not sure if there is enough room to add a zerk on the bottom one but intend to look closer soon as I install my SuperATV a-arms. The pansy tie rod ends are also a weakness without zerks, but I have solved that with installing some modified automotive joints with zerks (should last forever lol).
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    You are sounding like the resident expert on these!!

    I my Kinqquad everyone was saying my bushings on the arms would be worn 10 years later. I knocked out the ones I could get out and cleaned the pins and greased the bushing, pins and core then slid it all back together. Rears I put grease zerk where I could after doing the same thing but never every greased them after anyway. A number could not be access with pulling the wheels etc. None were worn but a few were seized in and rusty. I grease all surfaces and done. These fronts might a similar treatment in a few years.
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    I think the factory bushings in the a a-arms would last forever if Yamaha put factory installed grease zerks in. Granted we would have grease them regularly, but maybe they just want us to take them to he dealer for replacement. If they built the perfect machine the service department would'nt have anything to do all day! LOL
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    Its a good machine but far from perfect. Some areas neither of us want to be taking apart. For people going in water a lot this likely will be an issue unless there are sealed caps over the ends like my Kingquad has. I'd have to be sitting in the water to allow it to find a way into the bushings. But not being a boat. I don't sit in the water I go through. I want out asap.

    It something I'd like to know hence posted it. It new to me but many of you have had yours for 3 or more years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripplec View Post
    Its a good machine but far from perfect. Some areas neither of us want to be taking apart. For people going in water a lot this likely will be an issue unless there are sealed caps over the ends like my Kingquad has. I'd have to be sitting in the water to allow it to find a way into the bushings. But not being a boat. I don't sit in the water I go through. I want out asap.

    It something I'd like to know hence posted it. It new to me but many of you have had yours for 3 or more years now.
    There are sealed caps on the rear ones that take grease. 4650 hard miles on mine. 511 hrs. Not one issue yet with the bushings on the A arms front or rear, ball joints or the rear grease-able pivot points. Changed tie rod ends at 4000 miles, pretty loose. Should have changed them at 3000. There cheap and extremely quick and easy to replace!
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