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Old 02-13-2011, 01:57 AM
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What grease should I use on these new bushings and ball joints?

I have new energy suspension poly bushings for the upper/lower control arms, and the same for my sway bar. The upper and lower ball joints are moog. Also, new outer tie rod ends.

What grease should I use for the Poly Bushings? I used the supplied formula 5 grease from Energy Suspension for install, but I keep hearing that they will start squeaking eventually, and the sway bar bushings have no grease at all. I've heard to steer clear of white lithium grease, and that I should use a very tacky silicon based grease or blue marine grease, and on the sways bar, that I should just use Teflon plumber's tape and nothing else.

And what should I use for the ball joints and tie rod ends?

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grease it..

i use marine grease on everything on the front end except the bearings.. the marine grease holds up to water alot better, and your gonna get cought in the rain someday..
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I am very interested to know if anyone has used teflon on there sway bar and what the results were. I got the idea from a subaru forum I was browsing through (to find ideas about what grease to use), and lots of those guys said that they dont use any grease on their sway bars, just teflon plumber's tape and they've never had problems with squeaks
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Teflon plumbers tape that is a new wrinkle on me.

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I am very interested to know if anyone has used teflon on there sway bar and what the results were. I got the idea from a subaru forum I was browsing through (to find ideas about what grease to use), and lots of those guys said that they dont use any grease on their sway bars, just teflon plumber's tape and they've never had problems with squeaks
That's a new one on me also.


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New one X3^^, I'd use the Marine or any Synthetic grease.
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My guess is that subaru's are pulling legs..

I'm a 4x person.. Never heard it..
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hahaha, well seeing as though I have been with this site the longest, and always get good feedback and seem to get my projects finished, I'll stick with the grease. I went to autozone and they had a bunch of value stuff I've never heard of, so I picked up the one thing that I have heard of. It's called Green Grease. So far I've only used it to grease the sway bar bushings, and a little on the end links
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Sounds like a good plan, that's got to be miles ahead of tefln tape.

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I use a silicone based grease (Sil-Glyde) on suspension bushings and swaybar mounts and links. For the ball joints, tie rod ends, and anything else with a grease zerk, I use a high pressure moly grease.

Using Sil-Glyde instead of grease in the bushings would be especially important if the bushings were rubber, as contact with petroleum based grease can cause rubber to degrade prematurely. Since you are using urethane bushings, it's maybe not that big of deal, but the silicone grease is nice because it's transparent and thick and stays where you put it.

Hope this helps.....
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