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PostPosted: June 24, 2018, 3:09 pm 
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A better closeup of the issue. These balljoints (moog) came with nylon nuts in the first place, so would a nylon jam nut possibly suffice here? If so, it might alleviate the issue.
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PostPosted: June 24, 2018, 3:44 pm 
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It is either a castle nut and cotter pin or a nyloc nut. I've found they sometimes supply either/or with the same ball stud.

You could swap the hardware but as long as the threads protrude from the nylon (prefer at least 3) it should be ok. Your plate is probably two threads thick. You could also skim the nut to make it thinner so the nylon fully engages the full thickness of the stud since they often taper at the very end.

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PostPosted: June 24, 2018, 10:19 pm 
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Gotcha. They provided nylon nuts, but I've been a bit hesitant to cut anything off of them. I was also not able to use a castle nut safely. I have some nyloc jam nuts that are basically just half height nyloc nuts that i'll probably try. In either case, I have every combination of thing to try. Thanks for the input.

On a good note the new brackets are already obviously better on preventing flex. The only "flex" that is possible now comes from the flat steel, which might get replaced as well. However, it takes genuine effort to flex them, and they'd probably hold my weight if I tried to sit on them without touching the tire (not that I'm going to try :) ).


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PostPosted: June 25, 2018, 1:34 am 
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You might look at 'Stover' lock nuts, they're low profile.
Again like Miatav8 stated, there needs to be threads protruding, me, at least a full 2 threads.
The only issue I have with nylok nuts or stover nuts in this application is that the threaded shaft have a hex hole in the end. This allows an Allen wrench to hold the BJ to TRE threaded stub from spinning in the event it starts to when tightening or loosening with a box end wrench.


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PostPosted: July 8, 2018, 5:12 pm 
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Ok... so I think I'm done guys. Tested the fenders yesterday (first day cool enough to drive with any comfort at all) and they work like a charm. The roughest roads cause fender vibration, but not enough to touch the tire or anything. Thanks for all the help. The build is wrapped up. :cheers:


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Nice work on the video. Thanks for the ride-along.

You look like you're having way too much fun. :wink:

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