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 Post subject: L-Ball rod ends
PostPosted: February 19, 2018, 11:34 am 
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I came across these on VXB's web site. They're "L-Ball" rod ends; basically, ball joints with a straight shank instead of a taper.

http://www.vxb.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=l-ball


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 Post subject: Re: L-Ball rod ends
PostPosted: February 19, 2018, 11:49 am 
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What makes them different from the usual stud type ball end? One thing I see with this brand is the lack of any method to hold the stud while tightening/loosening the nut. Some stud ball ends have a hex on the shaft near the ball, other have 2 flats. I don't see anything like that on these.

Just curious.

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PostPosted: February 19, 2018, 12:12 pm 
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None of the stud type ball ends I've seen before had the rubber boot.

Though the picture is crummy, I thought I saw a small diameter hex on the shank. Might be worth contacting VXB to find out for sure.


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PostPosted: February 20, 2018, 11:28 am 
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Are you thinking for balljoint applications?

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PostPosted: February 20, 2018, 10:13 pm 
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I was thinking about the front ends of the trailing arms.


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PostPosted: February 23, 2018, 12:32 pm 
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Searching "sway bar spherical end links" this morning, I found a dozen hits for vendors selling end links that appear to use L-Balls on the ends. And a couple of off-road places that seem to be using them for tierod ends. Or at least they *look* like L-Balls, right down to the odd galvanized-looking finish the ones on VXB's web site have.


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PostPosted: February 23, 2018, 2:19 pm 
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Are those steel or mystery metal?

Don't think I would use those in a structural position.

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PostPosted: February 24, 2018, 10:01 am 
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Bent Wrench wrote:
Are those steel or mystery metal?

Don't think I would use those in a structural position.


They do apear to be "mystery metal, at least from their static load rating. They are maybe 2-5% the load rating of a 2 part steel rod end depending on size and ~1/2 to 1/3 the rating of the nice Rod End Supply LX series that Jack sells. Their $$ is ~ 3x the cost of LX series parts from Jack too.

I think I'd steer clear for structural applications unless they ar way oversized. Even then?

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I wouldn't use them for anything safety critical. They're mechanical linkages and not really designed for suspension duty.

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