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Ball joint and Wheel Bearing Advice 1977 scout II

int77345

Member
1977 scout II 345 4 inch lift 33 inch tires

with my furlough time i decided to pack the wheel bearings. what do you all think is to tight for a front wheel bearing. i did as the IH manual says spin the wheel and torque to 30ft pounds then back off 1/4 of a turn. doing that the nut was only finger tight, seemed to loose to me, so i snugged it just past being finger tight. on the IR temp gun the hubs are running at 110-115 degrees that seems ok right ?


i also noticed the upper ball joint on the driver side has just a little bit of side to side play in it. maybe 5mm give or take, translates to the slightest wiggle at the tire when sitting on the jack stand . is this something to be concerned with ? or let it go till there is a lot more play at the tire . ?
 
1977 scout II 345 4 inch lift 33 inch tires

with my furlough time i decided to pack the wheel bearings. what do you all think is to tight for a front wheel bearing. i did as the IH manual says spin the wheel and torque to 30ft pounds then back off 1/4 of a turn. doing that the nut was only finger tight, seemed to loose to me, so i snugged it just past being finger tight. on the IR temp gun the hubs are running at 110-115 degrees that seems ok right ?


i also noticed the upper ball joint on the driver side has just a little bit of side to side play in it. maybe 5mm give or take, translates to the slightest wiggle at the tire when sitting on the jack stand . is this something to be concerned with ? or let it go till there is a lot more play at the tire . ?

If there is play in the BJ change it. It's only going to get worse.
 

Scoutboy74

Moderator
1977 scout II 345 4 inch lift 33 inch tires

with my furlough time i decided to pack the wheel bearings. what do you all think is to tight for a front wheel bearing. i did as the IH manual says spin the wheel and torque to 30ft pounds then back off 1/4 of a turn. doing that the nut was only finger tight, seemed to loose to me, so i snugged it just past being finger tight. on the IR temp gun the hubs are running at 110-115 degrees that seems ok right ?


i also noticed the upper ball joint on the driver side has just a little bit of side to side play in it. maybe 5mm give or take, translates to the slightest wiggle at the tire when sitting on the jack stand . is this something to be concerned with ? or let it go till there is a lot more play at the tire . ?
There should be two nuts for the wheel bearing. One to set the preload and one to retain the first nut with a locking tab that is bent over the edge of the outer nut.
 

Hondo

Member
Always hated those bend over tabs, just don't like hammering on some things. Stage 8 makes some very nice locking spindle nut stuff p/n DNA-44, you can google them. Kind of pricey for stingy IH people, but very high quality made in USA stuff that make the job much easier, and won't come loose.
 
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