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PostPosted: February 26, 2018, 6:58 pm 
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So, I'm sitting here with a good old Moog ES2074R, otherwise known as a Ford Courier tierod end. That's the one Kinetic recommends as an upper ball joint.

It *looks* like the centerline of the ball pivots on the centerline of the threaded shank - the shank and ball housing are offset - but I remember a flap among the stock car guys a couple-three decades ago when they found out the pivot points of several commonly-used ball joints weren't where they thought they were.

Is there a good non-destructive way to determine the pivot point? If I have to fire up Mr. Angle Grinder I'll do so, but I have the same problem with the lower ball joints and the tierod ends, so that would be at least three joints I'd have to sacrifice.


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PostPosted: February 26, 2018, 7:26 pm 
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Take pictures with the ball at the extremes, then extend lines on the pics down the center of the shaft. Where they cross, presto.

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PostPosted: February 27, 2018, 8:43 pm 
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That's starting to look like the best way.


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