New Kingpins - Too Tight!

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Sailor, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. jefash

    jefash Bobtail Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    if you have an Eaton axle, the Spicer kingpin kit with yellow bushings do not have to be reamed, Meritor kingpin kits with yellow bushings DO have to be reamed, thats probably what's too tight, we have had customers come in with the kingpin mushroomed from the installer beating it into the spindle , the other guy talking about the "screw" in kingpins is most likely referring to Kaiser kits, we have learned that the best kits are the genuine kits
  2. Semi Crazy

    Semi Crazy Road Train Member

    May 13, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    What axles do Volvos have? I know about Eaton but know nothing about Volvos.

    Brass bushings need to be reamed. Plastic ones do not. Also there are shims between the axle and the knuckle that might be too thick.

    Caster might be off too.

    EDIT!: What a dummy I just replied to this ooooold thread... DOH!
  3. jefash

    jefash Bobtail Member

    Jan 27, 2012

    Arvin Meritor plastic bushings DO have to be reamed, it even says in their instructions in the box.
  4. skateboardman

    skateboardman Road Train Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    flatbed heaven

    oh, lord, i fell out of my chair.:biggrin_25514:
  5. dirthaller

    dirthaller Medium Load Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  6. EZX1100

    EZX1100 Road Train Member

    Aug 18, 2012
    Freightliner quoted me $1200 each

    TA said $1200 for both

    am i missing something?
  7. Heavyd

    Heavyd Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Some shops do have the spindles sent out to machine shops to have the bushings installed. I can't speak for those shops. Are you missing something? Yes! Did you ask each shop in detail what work is actually being done for that price, or what parts are being installed? Maybe FTLNR is totally ripping you off, maybe TA is installing complete junk. Simply asking, "how much" isn't sufficient. Go back to FRTLNR and tell them you where quoted half that price and ask they why they are double. Go ask a third shop.
  8. EZX1100

    EZX1100 Road Train Member

    Aug 18, 2012
    TA is using Kaiser kingpin replacements, no reaming

    Freightliner would be using Eaton or Meritor original, including reaming

    anyone have any experience with the Kaiser system?
  9. beltrans

    beltrans Medium Load Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    spokane wa
    I installed Stemco-Kaiser K122E kit when I replaced king pings on my Eaton steer axle and I really liked it. Nylon bushings lasted several years and needed to be replaced. I was told that with Stemco Kaiser you have to grease more often because if it gets dry that spiral bushing may turn inside a spindle and ruin it. Here some info about that kit...
    EZX1100 Thanks this.
  10. GrapeApe

    GrapeApe Road Train Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    That's all I've used for many years now, since the mid 90's. I haven't had one that I know of have to be replaced again. They are a little more expensive, but well worth it IMO. We've never adjust how often we grease with them, we've always greased at ~7500 miles.
    MJ1657 Thanks this.
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