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fabtech spindle to heim joint conversion

I have a 97 explore w/ 3 inch fabtech spindle and want to build my own upper control arm w/ a mono ball. But here is my question does any one make a mono ball cup w/ a ball joint pin so I can still put the clench bolt back on to hold the cup???????
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I have a 97 explore w/ 3 inch fabtech spindle and want to build my own upper control arm w/ a mono ball. But here is my question does any one make a mono ball cup w/ a ball joint pin so I can still put the clench bolt back on to hold the cup???????
I was going to tap my spindle, then use a grade 8 bolt. Once the bolt was all the way in i was going to mark where the pinch bolt goes and notch the bolt. I know someone was looking into making a pin for that...I will see if anything came of it for you.
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see i have heard of someone doing that but havent heard good, bad, or indifferent. I thought that because it is a cast spindle then it would b brittle to tap and die it.
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see i have heard of someone doing that but havent heard good, bad, or indifferent. I thought that because it is a cast spindle then it would b brittle to tap and die it.
....which is why i didnt go that route. I have heard from some it is ok to tap and other say it is a no no.
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are the spindles cast Iron or cast steel?

you could weld a strap and gusset if they are cast steel...
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they r cast iron
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yes, it can be done. this is my setup, the bottom spacer you see is now cut in half and put above the uniball due to camber issues.[IMG][/IMG]
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which spacer? the mis alingment or the 1 below it? and wat bolt did u use?
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and y did u have 2 put it on top of the uniball?
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the one below it, and i had to put it above because the camber was really bad, and the arms were sitting at an odd angle. it was a grade 8 bolt, about 3/4" by 6 inches
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thanks 4 your help. um how well is it holding up? and how long have u had it done 4?
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it's holding up very well. I wouldn't jump it or anything like that, but for desert running it'll be fine. I've had it on for about 6 months or so.
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