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Old 10-12-2008, 09:34 AM   #1
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What have you all found to keep the front end of the mbx5t working smooth. I go through my truck alot, but if I go out and run for the day (5 plus tanks) at the end of the day my front end is real sqeeky and not as smooth. I think it is the pillow balls just getting dirty, but I usually run them dry so dirt should not be sticking to them. If I squirt a bit of tri flow on them then things loosen up. My packing nut adjustments are all good for the people that are going to say this is the problem. Is this just a mugen (pillow ball) mateince thing?
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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I would say run some grease on the pivot balls. You identified your own problem. Dont worry bout the dirt much, just add it to your matinence program. The good thing is the pivot balls are on the front of the car, generally the cleanest area of the car after a race weekend. Unless you drive around backwards.
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DO NOT put grease on the mugen pillow's....thats the last thing you want to do...that will cause 10X more squeeking and binding when the dirt does touch them.....ive seen first hand what greased pillow's look like.....and its not a pretty picture.
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Clean the pivot balls and hubs properly. I run graphite on them, no grease. Also make sure the adjustment has a very slight amount of play, only enough so its free.
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:20 PM   #5
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I definitly know better then to use grease on the pillow balls. What about the hinge pins, does anyone use anything on those? Also, does anyone manufacture a better upper hinge pin bushing for the front end? These end up with so much slop after a half of a gallon of use it is terrible. Its not hard to replace, but it would be nice to have something that is solid and tight for sometime.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:28 PM   #6
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They sell brass bushings at all the on line stores I believe their made by advantage but dont remember.Anyway I ran mugen for a long time & the brass ones lasted 3-4 times longer & once in a while the brass bushings would last a really long time for some reason.Brass bushings do wear the pins slightly,very slightly faster but you'll bend the pin before it becomes a problem.

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go to carolinasrc.com and get some brass suspension bushings. they don't wear as fast as the plastic for me. i run the thunder tiger teflon coated light weight pillow balls and shoot a small amount of wd-40 on them just before the main. it usually takes that long for me for them to start to squeak. i generally keep wd on the hinge pins too. not much dirt gets in there so it won't hurt. i just hold the truck on end and squirt at the front or rear end of the hinge pin and let it soak in. hope this helps. may not be what everyone would suggest, but it works for me.
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