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 Post subject: Front Axle King Pin Question
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:48 am 
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I'm looking at replacing the king pins in the Rockwell FF931 front axle for my Dad's 361. Is there any preference over composite verses metal bushings? I know we used composite bushings on the 155W.

Any preference over manufactures? Preferably made in USA... Elgin, Moog, TW Distribution?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:45 am 
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I was looking at a Stemco Kaiser Plus (no ream) kit for kings pins... Made in the USA... Anybody have any thoughts?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:15 am 
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Hi Tom,
I have been using the Kaiser king pin kits for years, and have never had a problem. Just as any king pin, keep them greased, and they will last. Jack the truck up when greasing to unload the pins.
Mike

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:21 am 
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Tom, It's not like this truck will see hundreds of thousands of miles and heavy loads. I think the key acronym here is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) and if Mike likes it you know it will take a high shine (but will it hold up in the rain?) :-)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:17 am 
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Mike... Thanks for your help. We grease the pins in the other trucks just like you described.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:31 am 
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In 1965 we tested metal v composite kingpin bushings at the Mack Test Shed and metal won. However, this was 47 years ago and even I have changed in this time!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:26 pm 
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Tom - all the local shops up here, ours included, use the nylon bushings. Simple to install, no reaming and last forever if maintained. Reaming bushings requires the installer to be very accurate with the reamer, if not your brand new bushing is loose from the start. I believe the nylon is cheaper as well.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:29 am 
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30-35 years ago the nylon bushings were thought to be a easier substitute , but in real world experience ,potential rust on pins from the elements causing the spindles to bind up they fell out of favor . I know I wouldn't try to use nylon again ,partly because the metal bushings have been resized slightly to make them easier to install with the drivers,[so as not to screw them up ] and reaming is kind of a thing of the past .


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:24 pm 
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Dan,
The new Kaiser kits have bronze bushings, I remember using the old style nylon kits when I worked at Avis Truck Rental in the late 70's. We had the same problem, the pins would rust and bind.
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