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Unread 07-24-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Metal balls

I don't put much bling on my CJ, but when I do, I screw on a metal ball.

Specifically, this is McMaster Carr part number 6940K52. At $10.22, it is far cheaper than any of the other aluminum balls marketed to the automotive market.

Here is one 'before' photo and a few 'after' photos as well as some shots of the packaging and part number.

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Nice reflection in the ball Ken. Looks like you're getting ready to turn over to 120K miles?
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You may well rethink that metal ball after the Sun has worked on it for a spell.
Not much fun in winter either....
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Nice reflection in the ball Ken. Looks like you're getting ready to turn over to 120K miles?
The odometer tried to roll over to 130,000 and then stopped a couple of weeks ago. The 1/10's still turns. The speedo works fine. I need to do some research to see what my options are to fix or replace the odometer.

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You may well rethink that metal ball after the Sun has worked on it for a spell.
Not much fun in winter either....
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Thanks! Yes the temperature highs and lows could be a problem. I time will tell! Even here in Houston we have a couple months of cold weather. I may have to keep the old knob in the glove box as a backup.
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looks good. cant use them here in arizona, to hot.
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The hot and cold metal shift lever ball dilemma was fixed in the new JK: As part of the Poodle Warmer package, you get a heated and cooled platinum-plated shift lever ball. It has a temperature sensor that sends your hand temperature information to the computer and that regulates the ball temperature to within +/1 .04 degrees Fahrenheit, or whatever temperature you set using the voice command climate control system. Or you can program it to adjust automatically based on the local temperature, your current GPS coordinates, time of day, and the weight of the poodle. Pretty slick.
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That's really one of the balls that tall man controls from Phantasm.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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Nice reflection in the ball Ken. Looks like you're getting ready to turn over to 120K miles?
I don't think he got what you were saying. I was thinking about saying something similar, like which gives the brighter shine, the new ball or the old head!
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I don't think he got what you were saying. I was thinking about saying something similar, like which gives the brighter shine, the new ball or the old head!
doh! Yes, I failed to catch the joke the first time around! Apparently my brain is getting as worn out as my 42 year old bald head.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 06:17 PM   #10
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That's alright Ken, I have a solar panel on top of my head (for brain power) and it's electrical field seems to be pullin the hair above my forehead back to it, like it was a magnet or somethin'! Pretty soon to be a barren wasteland within the next decade!
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Like it!
Have you noticed how it smooths out the shifts? On a previous CJ, with a T150, I swapped the stock knobs for billiard balls (5 ball for trans; Q ball for t-case... it was an orange CJ5). I was surprised how the weight of the knob made the notchy trans shift soooo much nicer. Your post reminded me of that... now thinking about my SM465
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Like it!
Have you noticed how it smooths out the shifts?
I didn't notice any difference in shifting, but my T5 is recently rebuilt and works OK. What I did notice was a) the ball itself is really smooth and b) it was warm to the touch after sitting in the parking garage all day in 90 degree heat.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 02:34 PM   #13
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I've got brass balls. Pretty good at helping with the back and forth motion of 'shifting'
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After reading (and remembering my 5 ball shifter) I ordered an 8 ball shifter today. My CJ8 has the round smaller shift knobs for the twin stick 300... the 8 ball may match. If not, into the parts bin
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