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Old 07-29-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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I picked up a used set of axle and I figured it was a good time to repack them before I installed them. What CV joint grease does everyone recommend? Most street duties now, but hopefully moving towards more track days.
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I don't track, but I've repacked my share of bearings and u-joints in my time. I use plain old high temp bearing grease.
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I hear from the honda road race guys that Redline CV grease is supposed to be the best. And god knows they treat their axles like gold on the old god chariots era hondas.
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Redline CV2 - If it's as good for CVs as it is for wheel bearings, it's worth it.

We were going through 2 sets of bearings a weekend in our lemons car - now we're doing 3 races on a set. I'm sold on it.
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Redline CV2 - If it's as good for CVs as it is for wheel bearings, it's worth it.

We were going through 2 sets of bearings a weekend in our lemons car - now we're doing 3 races on a set. I'm sold on it.
CV2 is garbage. Just burns with temp. Amsoil Dominator/2000 race grease is the only way to go.
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Where can we get high quality vented boots?
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We haven't had the best results with the redline stuff either... In a pinch we got marine high temp grease and it was better than the redline (which to me says a lot about the redline stuff) We have not tried the amsoil stuff mentioned though.
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Haven't tried the CV stuff.. But the WB grease has a very strong following. I am using it now front and rear.
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The McLaren F1 team apparently uses Mobil greases[1]: "Then there are standard industrial greases from the Synthetic range, SHC1500 for the driveshaft joints and SHC220 for the wheel bearings, they are low friction products with good durability."

I'd be tempted to try that next time I redo some CV joints.

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The McLaren F1 team apparently uses Mobil greases[1]: "Then there are standard industrial greases from the Synthetic range, SHC1500 for the driveshaft joints and SHC220 for the wheel bearings, they are low friction products with good durability."

I'd be tempted to try that next time I redo some CV joints.

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Probably not a mobile 1 grease you can buy. Some NASCAR teams uses M1 products too, you cannot buy the same engine oil that ran the indy 500.
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Put a wd40 straw (or any aerosol can straw) in between the boot and the clamping surface, and then clamp it down. The inner side of the boot that is.

Sounds ghetto but it works.

We did this on our Grand AM cars and saw a significant increase in driveshaft life. We now do it to all of our driveshafts.
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Coffee stir tube thingys also work for that.
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Vented with a straw like this? Won't it get crushed?

I have these metal air/water syringes from the dental world...hmmm.



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Vented with a straw like this? Won't it get crushed?
Yes, like that. And yes they get crushed. Usually when we rebuild them the old straws look crushed and clogged full of sh*t. Doesn't seem like they would actually do anything, but they do. Our driveshafts last significantly longer with them installed like they are in the picture.

Also, worm-gear clamp? What is that about? Does that work? I guess I've never seen a driveshaft boot clamped with a hose clamp...
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Dumb question of the day: why do we want to vent those?
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My guess is due to the build up of heat in the joint causes added pressure inside the boot which could lead to premature failure of the boot.
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They balloon up.

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I use Green Grease. Excellent stuff that stays put and doesn't liquify. The price is reasonable too.
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