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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-25-2002, 07:27 PM
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flattop angles?

I was wondering how important it was for flattop knuckles to have the same angle as each other? my passenger side has been milled and tapped(but from someone else), however, it is at a steeper angle than the driverside (from a chevy).. i've attached a pic.. any info would be very helpful.. thanks!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-25-2002, 09:56 PM
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Re: flattop angles?

well, you have to picture them on the jeep too, it will affect your ball joints, unless you want to run heim's. in that case you will want to be careful that the bolt for the heim isn't to close to the tire. are you only mounting the drag link to the top or both?
post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-25-2002, 10:31 PM
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hmm.. i guess i'm a little confused on what you're saying.. the knuckles are essentially identical, however the milled top of the passenger side (left in pic), seems to be milled at an angle.. when i put the hi-steer arms on, i will be running both separate draglink/tierod w/ 7/8TREs.. i was mainly worried about the TREs on the tierod(since the hi-steer arms will be at different angles).. didn't really think it would affect the ball joints.. i also don't see how the TREs would rub on the tire.. i guess it won't make too much of a difference..
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Re: flattop angles?

it looks as if the one on the left is milled to match the angle of the existing TRE hole.

and the right side knuckle is Not going to allow the arm to be parallell to that same TRE mounting point.

there is probably enouhg angle ability in a good TRE ti make that work, but ID sy you ll have to mock it up and see what the angles are, and what the max abilities are.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 10-26-2002, 12:30 AM
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Re: flattop angles?

yea, i think you're right about the passenger knuckle.. seems that since the axle yokes tilt in, when i install the knuckle, it will sit perfectly level(good).. and the driverside will be skewed slightly inward.. probably won't be too bad, but it'll be a while before i actually get this axle in..
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Re: flattop angles?

i also think youll have to wait to get it together.. the tre's might have enough play in them to compensate for it.. how much of an angle is it.. could you get it milled to match the other angle????
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Re: flattop angles?

It LOOKS like you have a much more serious problem than the tops. The faces the spindle bolts to look like they're at different angles. If that's the case, you can't use them together. You will have to use the parts that match your axel.

Lay the spindle faces on a flat surface. Stick pieces of broomstick through the ball joint sockets, and see if the broomsticks are parallel. I had thought that they were all the same, but yours sure LOOK different in your picture.
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 10-26-2002, 05:11 PM
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Re: flattop angles?

they definately look different in the picture.. when i saw this post earlier today, i thought i was SOL.. but, the milled knuckle (left) is actually milled flat on the bottom of the ball joint, so when i sit it on the table, it sits flat.. the driverside(right), still has two little notches on the bottom of the ball joint, so it never sits flat-- it teeters to the left or right.. so in the pic, they are pulled together by the zip tie, and causes the driver knuckle to teeter to the left, hence making it appear flatter in the pic.. i tried some rudimentary techniques to measure the angles, and they SEEM to be about the same.. there may be the slightest difference.. enough not to matter.. i have also assumed all these flattops knuckles are the same..
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