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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 19, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Which tall upper ball joint

This post is a side note to my post on my "baffling" suspension issue. I'm going to reinstall the stock spindles on my Ride Tech control arms as a test. I'm told I need to have a tall ball joint to prevent binding with the Ride Tech upper arm. Proforged make a .5 inch tall and a .9 inch extra tall ball joint. I currently have the tall L&H spindles which are 1 1/2 taller than stock.

My question is which tall ball joint would work better, the .5 or .9? The .9 seems like an obvious choice as I already have been using a 1 1/2 inch taller spindle, but that also seems like a lot of leverage on the ball joint.

I'm also going to order the tall outer tie rod ends as recommended to help reduce bumpsteer.

I've check David Pozzi's site but I can only find info on the .5 ball joint.

Thanks for any insight.

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Re: Which tall upper ball joint

My research on Ridetech indicates the Ride Tech arms are engineered for a 1.75 taller spindle. If you were to use those tall spindles with stock arms you would risk binding the upper ball joint sooner then full suspension travel. The same is true if you run ridetech arms with a standard height spindle. IMHO you need taller joints then what is available to put the joint in the center at normal ride height. I would not be concerned on the leverage as you call it as the upper joint is a follower and never really comes under any loading unless the wheels are off the ground.

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Re: Which tall upper ball joint

Thanks Jeff. For this test, I'm keeping the ride tech arms so I'm leaning toward the .9 inch joint. Thanks for the clarification on binding.

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Re: Which tall upper ball joint

I forgot to mention that I did send Ride Tech the information and asked for their advice but they have not yet responded. My Strong Arms are from 2013 so there may be some differences? I do not have the removable "pills" to change caster base lines.

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