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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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The "Proper" Grease?

I am in the process of rebuilding the suspension on my 86 spider and I have few questions pertaining to grease. I looked in the shop manual and there are mention of a few greases there but I was thinking 30 years have passed and surely there must be better grease out there?



I apologize if this answered somewhere but I searched and did not really come up with any answers.



What kind of greases should I use and where?

Is this question just as subjective as "what oil should I use"?

Use lithium based grease on or near poly bushings... right?

What is the best grease for items around rubber bushings?

Use synthetic?



Here is a list of items that I tackling in the rebuild:

1) Prop shaft

2) Front suspension (poly is used in certain places)

3) Rear Suspension.

4) Steering Idler



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really... no opinions?
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whatever the book calls for in propshaft is fine - or go synthetic.
none of the others require grease, except for the poly parts - which hopefully came with grease for install.
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whatever the book calls for in propshaft is fine - or go synthetic.
none of the others require grease, except for the poly parts - which hopefully came with grease for install.
The poly bushings did come with grease. I used the packs that came with them. I was thinking they might need greased again a few months down the road.

The lower control arms had grease when i pulled them apart. I would assume that those would need to be repacked again... correct?
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My rear poly trailing arm bushings on the driver's side need greasing again after last years install. Irritating.

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The "Proper" Grease?

That is unfortunate. That is what is I am trying to avoid. After a bunch of research I found something called formula 5 that seems to be exactly the same of what is provided with the Poly bushings.

Supposedly it works well

Energy Suspension 9.11104 Formula 5 Prelube Grease - 8 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CN7B4I..._e4HyxbHSN0VJ7

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I use that energy suspension stuff. It seems to work great - no squeaks yet. It's SUPER goopy and sticky. Once it's applied it's not going anywhere!
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my experience to date, grease once should be fine. use liberally wherever poly touches metal (inside and out). also where poly meets poly (for parts w thrust washers etc).
should be ok.
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