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Ball Joint Stuff

Don't go buying new ball joints, just remove a shim or 2 at the bottom of the ball holder IF the ball joint and sliding surfaces are not pitted/worn.

[Ed: If you can buy them, always renew the ball joints at least every 2 years, you don't want one breaking!]

Ball joints (swivel), replacing

An hour per wheel max.

Ball joints (swivel), Metro type

All metros had different ball joints to the mini, they were complete units which can't be disassembled.

However pre-84 metros used the same taper as a mini so metro hubs will fit a mini if you use pre-84 metro ball joints.

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NEW Ball joints (from Peter Kay 28 12 02)

"My experience with new ball joints is that many of them have 'high spots' on the ball, cap or both.

This shows up as requiring differing pressures, at different points, as the ball is moved around when trying to check for the required free movement without play.

This is normally the reason that a joint becomes 'loose' after a very short time, requiring the removal of shims, when the high spots wear off.

The solution is to lap the joint:

With a joint that has been lapped in, they will last for years IMExperience."

07 June 2003

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