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Hi,
Just currious to see if anyone has experienced this problem with their spacer lift or OME lift (using 881 coils up front). I had the truck in for inspection and noticed that the upper ball joint (i.e. where the upper ball joint is in the steering knuckle) is in contact with the coil on both sides of the truck with the truck up on the lift at the garage. :(
I used custom spacers for 1.5" of lift with Rancho 5000 shocks. (The pics can be seen by following the link in my sig below.) Anyhow just wondering if I should consider a limiting strap?
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P1michaud said:
Hi,
Just currious to see if anyone has experienced this problem with their spacer lift or OME lift (using 881 coils up front). I had the truck in for inspection and noticed that the upper ball joint (i.e. where the upper ball joint is in the steering knuckle) is in contact with the coil on both sides of the truck with the truck up on the lift at the garage. :(
I used custom spacers for 1.5" of lift with Rancho 5000 shocks. (The pics can be seen by following the link in my sig below.) Anyhow just wondering if I should consider a limiting strap?
Cheers,
P
My old fabtech's had that problem. At full droop the spindle would touch the spring. I didn't think it was that big a deal, and ever did anything about it.
 

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P1michaud said:
Thanks,
It just bugs me. Time for some limiting straps!
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Unless it seriously concerns you that a bit of powercoat has come off your coils, I would just leave it. HAHA...
 

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atwinda said:
Unless it seriously concerns you that a bit of powercoat has come off your coils, I would just leave it. HAHA...
and once again why nobody should listen to you.

Banging your balljoints at max like that isnt a good thing. Eventually the balljoint will stress and fail. His shocks are too long and allowing more downtravel then the arms can handle. I just replaced a spindle because of a limit strap not being set tight enough, imagine what would have happened had it been a balljoint instead of a uniball up there. It would have broke teh balljoint along time ago.

He needs to run limit straps or remove his spacer.
 

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How common is this problem?

DesertTRD said:
He needs to run limit straps or remove his spacer.
Desert TRD,
Thanks for the info. I've been debating on what to do for the past week or so.

Some of the guys on yotatech.com indicated that this is a very common problem. Would you fellas agree?

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DesertTRD said:
Banging your balljoints at max like that isnt a good thing. Eventually the balljoint will stress and fail. His shocks are too long and allowing more downtravel then the arms can handle. I just replaced a spindle because of a limit strap not being set tight enough, imagine what would have happened had it been a balljoint instead of a uniball up there. It would have broke teh balljoint along time ago.
I don't do the high speed stuff.. It was like that for well over a year with rock crawling.
 

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atwinda said:
I don't do the high speed stuff.. It was like that for well over a year with rock crawling.
You dont have to go fast to bust a balljoint.
 

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More info!

DylanDr said:
if it's hitting the coil it has already damaged the ball joint
DylanDr,
Could you elaborate a bit on that? Are you saying this because it has been taken beyond it's design limit?
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P1michaud said:
DylanDr,
Could you elaborate a bit on that? Are you saying this because it has been taken beyond it's design limit?
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Thats exactly what hes saying, if and when you decide to replace your balljoint, take the boot off and look at it, impretty sure you have a nice notch going on and some play in the joint.
 

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DesertTRD said:
Thats exactly what hes saying, if and when you decide to replace your balljoint, take the boot off and look at it, impretty sure you have a nice notch going on and some play in the joint.
Thanks DesertTRD,
I'll have to take a closer look. :eek:
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P1michaud said:
Hi,
Just currious to see if anyone has experienced this problem with their spacer lift or OME lift (using 881 coils up front). I had the truck in for inspection and noticed that the upper ball joint (i.e. where the upper ball joint is in the steering knuckle) is in contact with the coil on both sides of the truck with the truck up on the lift at the garage. :(
I used custom spacers for 1.5" of lift with Rancho 5000 shocks. (The pics can be seen by following the link in my sig below.) Anyhow just wondering if I should consider a limiting strap?
Cheers,
P
The problem is your spacer sits on top of your coil assembly. Cornfed spacers work by compressing your pack increasing you preload. Your spacer looks like it about 1", the most you can go with a spacer of this type is mabe 1/4" or so. Your spacer is simular to the Revtec setup and these have proven to over extend your suspension......
 

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The spacer is too thick.

TQM3 (Last IFS in AZ) said:
The problem is your spacer sits on top of your coil assembly. Your spacer looks like it about 1", the most you can go with a spacer of this type is mabe 1/4" or so. Your spacer is simular to the Revtec setup and these have proven to over extend your suspension......
I would agree that with the spacer located on top of the coil assembly is not the best way to go. The spacer is 7/8" thick and according to what some folks on the board here have told me 1/2" is the max. you should go. That is thickness Revtec uses I believe.
I chose to go this route at the time due to finances. I drew the spacer up in AutoCad and had it machined by a friend at work. So the cost of the lift was only install time. Looking back, I should have saved the money and done it properly. Oh well, live and learn.
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I chose to go this route at the time due to finances. I drew the spacer up in AutoCad and had it machined by a friend at work. So the cost of the lift was only install time. Looking back, I should have saved the money and done it properly. Oh well, live and learn.
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I guess we all learn this one the hard way...the cheapest way to go is to go with the best way the first time. At least nothing serious is broken.
 

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rojodiablo said:
I guess we all learn this one the hard way...the cheapest way to go is to go with the best way the first time. At least nothing serious is broken.
I'd have to agree. If you are going to do it, do it right the first time!
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