Aricks Bushing Kits

All About Aricks Bushing Kits

Keeping the firming and closing arm pivots working properly can be a real hassle on the JD 50/60/90 drills. Even after Deere upgraded them circa 2009 to include seals, they still have a habit of packing full of dirt and not taking grease. But with the Aricks bushing kits from Australia, these pivots will run smoothly and you’ll never have to grease them again! The Aricks seals for the firming & closing pivots have a Teflon coating on the seal contact lip and are designed to run dry, unlike a competitor product from USA — and these Aricks kits have an extensive track-record since ’09 proving their durability and trouble-free nature. The bushings themselves are fiber-wound Teflon impregnated, and the steel sleeve has a hardened chrome finish, for smooth action, and proven to last at least as long as OEM (significantly longer in some conditions). These kits are hugely popular in Australia.

Note: On 50-series,* the firming arm has a pin welded in – this must be removed and a hole drilled in the arm at that spot, and requires a 50-series bushing kit as the sleeve length is longer than the 60/90-series.

*Doesn’t fit the earliest 750s.

Aricks Main Opener Pin Kit

The main pin & bushings at the front of the opener on the JD 50/60/90 drills (where the arm attaches to the rockshaft) is another wear item, and it’s critical to maintain furrow width. If these get sloppy, the furrow gets narrower and the boot and firming wheel no longer fit, and seed placement is awful. The first time around, simply rotate the pin by 180-degrees (loosen the bolt locking it in position; put a pipe wrench on the end of the pin). If this has already been done, and they’ve gotten sloppy again, the next step is to replace pins & bushings. Aricks’ main pin kits have been in the field since 2013, and proven to last at least as long as OEM in tough Aussie conditions, and sometimes significantly longer. Aricks front pin bushings are steel with a Teflon inner layer, and the pin has a hard chrome finish. Whether merely turning the pins, or doing a complete rebuild, be sure to retorque the retaining bolt to spec when finished; inadequate torque can result in the bushings spinning in the opener arm, ruining it.

“After 8 years & 20,000 acres: “They [the Aricks firming & closing bushing kits] were good the whole way through. I never had any problems with them at all. I would recommend them to anyone.”
Ed Whitechurch
Temora, NSW, Australia, (30’ JD 1890

Aricks Bushing Kits Videos

About Aricks Opener Main Pin Kit
How to Install Aricks Bushing Kits on John Deere 60/90 No-till Drills
How to Install Aricks Opener Main Pin Kit on John Deere 50/60/90 No-till Drills