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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6871

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Rmorris7 wrote:
That is a great looking idea. I wish I had the talent the rest of you guys have.

Robmorris7

Clay & Co. are the clever ones and with exceptional before and after sales support.

The whole idea of the WEPS is brilliant. :woohoo:

edit - I didn't deliberately remove my "Wicked Edge" logo from my WEPS.
Unfortunately I rubbed some of it off by mistake, then removed it.

+1 for the engraved logo idea. ;)
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6876

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Another thing I notice, the amount of resistance to rotate the stud is a "lot" less.
So if I was to use the micro-adjust with the HD ball joint it is a much better experience.

Now, to get mine broached.

edit- Might put those 8/32 thumb screws to good use put them it the end of the stud.
Super strength loctite. ;)
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6888

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Chris,

That's a great looking setup,and very clever execution, and I want to try it out myself. I take it to make it work I will still need a PPII setup, right? Then I can get the rods, pivot arms, and the new angle notch rods as part of the kit, right? So the heavy duty rods, rubber boot covers, grommets would just be the add-ons..... I like it!
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6891

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Chris,

This looks great. Unfortunately English is not my first language and I didn't spend long enough Downunder. Even with the pics I cannot make out exactly what I see.

Is a ball joint rod end simply a piece of rubber to protect the ball joint? Or does it have other, more common, applications? And what is a grummet? Even my dictionary doesn't know the word...

And how did you find the exact sizes? They look as if they fit very well.
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6902

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mark76 wrote:
Chris,

This looks great. Unfortunately English is not my first language and I didn't spend long enough Downunder. Even with the pics I cannot make out exactly what I see.

Is a ball joint rod end simply a piece of rubber to protect the ball joint? Or does it have other, more common, applications? And what is a grummet? Even my dictionary doesn't know the word...

And how did you find the exact sizes? They look as if they fit very well.
The ball joint rod end is a full assembly replacing the stock ball joint on the upgraded system.

A grommet ("o" not "u") is commonly used to protect wires/cables through a thin substrate, such as wires through a firewall of your car. They actually have many uses beyond that but that is one of the more common.
Hope this helps.
Particpant in finding out how sharp is sharp!
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6903

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DAUG wrote:
I take it to make it work I will still need a PPII setup, right?

You would need to already have a PPII or the ball joint arms upgrade kit.

All I have done is replace one part with another identical but heavier duty part, the ball joint.
Not that it needs to be "heavy duty", but it encloses the ball bearing totally, thus keeping out any abrasive dust.
It is also a much smoother experience. (it comes with the rubber cover)

The "grommet" is simply something else I bought to slide over ther arms to absorb any shock from bottoming out the paddles (stones)

A grommet is not designed for the purpose here.
It is meant to shield electrical cable from cuts while going through a firewall etc.
Commonly used in vehicle wiring.


I'm not saying the original is not up to the task or will have issues, basically I have upgraded the upgrade. ;)
mark76 wrote:
Chris,

This looks great. Unfortunately English is not my first language and I didn't spend long enough Downunder. Even with the pics I cannot make out exactly what I see.

Hi Mark, hopefully I have explained it all above?
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6904

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Thanx Chris and Xuzme. Now it makes sense to me :-) . So you replaced the complete ball joints and did not put just a piece of rubber around them?
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6905

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I did both, yes.

Seperately.

My wife doesn't understand me either. ;)
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6924

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Chris,

Thanks for the clarification and really appreciate the work up on the upgrade. That would be a real fun DIY project once I've purchased the PPII upgrade kit.
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Re: Heavy Duty Ball Joint Upgrade! 1 year 9 months ago #6938

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I'm also finding with the HD ball joints arm rotation is reduced significantly.
The rubber seal seems to hold the joint true.

A much better experience when adjusting the micro-angle screw.
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