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Old 08-16-2010, 02:51 PM
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I was looking up parts for my '97 Ram, and I see there is not only standard ball joints, but some with 1.5 to 2 degree offset. What's up with that? Is that for special application....or to compensate for something else worn?
Or do I need to see if that is what in there now, (and how the heck would you be able to tell?)
I pretty much need to keep the truck rolling right up until the time parts arrive.

Sure enough.... there is about half inch slop in the track bar. Pretty exciting ride! I have a spare new one I was saving for my 95... need to snag a new stabilizer shock too.
Too bad the worn end on that track bar is part of the entire bar. a shame to have to replace the whole cotton picking thing for a half inch slop.
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Offset ball joints are for adjusting camber (and caster to a lesser degree). I don't think I've ever seen a factory equipped axle with offset joints.
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I was looking up parts for my '97 Ram, and I see there is not only standard ball joints, but some with 1.5 to 2 degree offset. What's up with that? Is that for special application....or to compensate for something else worn?
Or do I need to see if that is what in there now, (and how the heck would you be able to tell?)
I pretty much need to keep the truck rolling right up until the time parts arrive.

Sure enough.... there is about half inch slop in the track bar. Pretty exciting ride! I have a spare new one I was saving for my 95... need to snag a new stabilizer shock too.
Too bad the worn end on that track bar is part of the entire bar. a shame to have to replace the whole cotton picking thing for a half inch slop.
Later!
Bob
Bob...
Years ago I sent my track bar to a shop in South Dakota called Linstead welding. They welded an inside threaded adjustable sleeve on my ball end that allows you to take out any slack with a turn of a slot. Took about a week plus to get it back.
Today that bar is still on my truck, and I've tightened it twice since I got it. You can take it apart and rebuild the innards using everyday hardware and it's also greaseable.
I know there's another product out there call a Lukes link which is similar in design, but I'm not fond of the goofy looking outer cage.
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