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nine finger
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posted November 20, 2005 02:02 PM  
i have a ford front suspension 78 ltd. i bought spherical bearings for the lower control arm, strut suspension. has anybody tried this ? did it hold up to track use .

Normal Sullivan
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posted November 20, 2005 09:48 PM  
I'm confused. '78 LTD strut suspension?

nine finger
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posted November 21, 2005 03:56 AM  
the lower control arm has a single attachment point with a strut rod going to a crossmember in front of it. it is very adjustable as you can tighten the strut rod to pull more caster into it. should have been clearer in my description sorry.

outlawstock17
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posted November 21, 2005 06:54 AM  
you put the spherical bearings in a bind when you started "pulling" caster in it with the strut rod. you need to let the lower conrol arm "relax" where it is comfortable and use the strut rod to keep it there. use the upper control arm to obtain caster.

nine finger
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posted November 21, 2005 07:23 AM  
no binding at with the heim bearing im just wondering how that bearing is going to hold up to a 3000 pound street stock. they work fine on the late models.

outlawstock17
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posted November 21, 2005 11:57 AM  
okay, i see. brain fade....i was thinking of another type of lower control arm. the one you're using just has one spherical bearing. it should hold up. use the best heim you can buy and check it often...

hotrodenford
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posted November 23, 2005 10:11 AM  
Where did you find a spherical bearing of a full size ford? I would like to do the same.

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nine finger
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posted November 23, 2005 02:06 PM  
the bushing sleve is 30 millameter local bearing company had no problem getting them. Applied industrial technologies

nine finger
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posted November 23, 2005 02:17 PM  
im willing to bet if the ford guys would get together and share more info those metrecks would be running scared.

cd2
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posted November 23, 2005 03:04 PM  
nine finger
Just be sure & get the 3/4" aircraft hime.
On the front of the strut if it mounts with the rubber bushings change this to a hime end also.You will need to make you a long stud type mount so you can use shims to get the front of the strut rod at the proper height so the bumpsteer will be better.
If the himes are not aircraft type you will break them right away.
cd2

Steve Dupree
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posted November 23, 2005 05:23 PM  
Those metric guys will be running anyways it just takes time and ford will rise no matter what weight. I will build a chevy but wouldnt race one on a dirt track for any money. I am set out to show fords rule and thats that !!!!!!!!!!!! lol

nine finger
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posted November 23, 2005 05:24 PM  
cd2 it does have the rubber bushings. this is the next part to tackle. i have been looking at and am not shure which way to tackle it. any sugestions are appreciated.

hotrodenford
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posted November 25, 2005 08:30 PM  
I saw somewhere that a chrysler upper baljoint works good for the front strut rod. Just trim down the rod and thread it the same as thhe balljoint. Attach with a coupler and weld a threaded insert in the frame. Now the front is adjustable and uses the best parts store balljoint. if you do it correctly its looks factory too.

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nine finger
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posted November 26, 2005 04:14 AM  
hotrod sounds excellent thanks for the help. i will definately try that.

akadirtracer7
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posted November 27, 2005 07:28 AM  
Hey Nine I run those inner mono ball joints on the lowers the only probleem I had was they would bend the bolts in the frame .The cure was to drill the frame and put some grade 8 5/8 or 3/4 ???? bolts in place of the stock 1/2 " urbine machine sells all the parts. Lane automotive part no. ubm32-0315 is for single bushing lowers.i was fixin to put mono balls in the upper arms but i was removed from the class for other reasons.I also made a mono ball set up for the end of the strut rod .When things get bent up the mono ball makes parts usable that you wouldn't be able to get back together with the stock bushings.So remove the spacers and put a 5/8 bolt and make new spacers 5/8 id and it should hold up good

Normal Sullivan
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posted November 27, 2005 11:31 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by akadirtracer7:
i was fixin to put mono balls in the upper arms but i was removed from the class for other reasons.


nine finger
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posted November 29, 2005 04:10 PM  
dirtracer have you ever bent the 5/8 bolts? thats what i bought the bearings for.

  

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