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post #1 of 2 Old 05-12-2017, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
choffroad
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Heim Joint trouble?

Hey everyone, I just built full Heim steering along with track bar and when I took it to the 4x4 shop for a full alignment they turned me away saying the Heims needed to be replaced because of play...There is 75 miles on them.
The tech there explained that a double Heim track bar kills all joints because it has no flex, he said driving on the road just a few miles ruins the joints....Has any one else experienced this?
I used 7/8 chromoly Heims with 3/4 heads and 5/8 bolts on all connections with reducers of course
tubes are 1.5" .25 wall DOM.
My solution is to replace the frame side track bar heim with a poly bushing which I was trying to get away from so I thought i'd check with you guys before I cut out and replace the bung on the tube.

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post #2 of 2 Old 05-21-2017, 07:58 AM
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The heim joints will be fine on the trackbar. Less expensive heims will wear of course, but even if they do it won't affect an alignment in any way you'll feel. You'll feel it clunking slightly.

You need to find a shop that is off-road friendly. Or better yet, if you axles are square to the frame and each other, you can do the caster and toe yourself.

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