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I had this whole cute little story about how my factory steering sucks and my browser crashed and I don't feel like writing it again. Lame. So I'll cut to the chase. I'm on 33's, next tires will be 35-36. I'm liking Ballistic Fab's steering setups but not sure which one I want/need.

This was my original thought
http://www.ballisticfabrication.com/Ste ... _1337.html

Then I thought maybe I could save 30 bucks and go with this
http://www.ballisticfabrication.com/Ste ... _1335.html

Both kits are the same, 1.5 OD .250 wall tube, step down spacers to a 5/8 bolt. Only the heim joints are different. I don't know enough to know which size is appropriate. So that's my question. Thanks much.
 

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I know the one with the 5/8" bolt will work on the factory steering knuckle. My only concern with the 7/8" bolt is would it be just big enough to weaken the OE knuckle where it connects? That is what I don't know. I am inclined to think that it would work fine, but I am unsure. I would call and ask, maybe they have put this on a OE jeep knuckle and know for sure. If it won't work, I can tell you that the 5/8" will be plenty strong for some serious junk!
 

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I think you misunderstood. They both will use 5/8 bolts, my question is which heim joint would be preferable for my application. I called Ballistic and was not enthused with the guy I talked to. He said the 3/4 would be strong enough, but when I told him my next tires would be 35-36's, he said to go with the 7/8. Now that sounds like sound advice, and it's what I did, but I was just curious if the 3/4 heims would be strong enough in a light vehicle and save me $30. The reveiw I read on the 7/8 kit was from a guy who put it on his Dodge Ram. Anyway, I bought the 7/8 kit with high misalignment spacers to use a 5/8 bolt. I suppose either way, stronger is better :wink:
 

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I hate to stir the pot, but if you weren't "enthused" with the guy you talked with on the phone at Ballistic, then read this:

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=944922

While you'll have to overlook a few of the idiots, the read is interesting to say the least. I've never bought from them in the past, nor will I in the future. Blue Torch Fab on the other hand might be worth a look if this is what you're after. If not, a standard Currie setup is tough to beat.

Best of Luck,

Mike
 

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Rubitron said:
I think you misunderstood. They both will use 5/8 bolts, my question is which heim joint would be preferable for my application. I called Ballistic and was not enthused with the guy I talked to. He said the 3/4 would be strong enough, but when I told him my next tires would be 35-36's, he said to go with the 7/8. Now that sounds like sound advice, and it's what I did, but I was just curious if the 3/4 heims would be strong enough in a light vehicle and save me $30. The reveiw I read on the 7/8 kit was from a guy who put it on his Dodge Ram. Anyway, I bought the 7/8 kit with high misalignment spacers to use a 5/8 bolt. I suppose either way, stronger is better :wink:

Oh yea :oops: I misunderstood. My bad, seeing it more clearly now... I think you made the wise decision and I don't see where you would have an issue. 3/4 would have been strong enough, certainly! Those joints, depending on which one (grade) are typically overbuilt to take extreme stress. However, just as you decided to do, I would go with the bigger set. Rather it is needed or not, who cares! Steering is not something you want to fuss around with anywhere while driving.
 

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[quote='05TJLWBRUBY]I hate to stir the pot, but if you weren't "enthused" with the guy you talked with on the phone at Ballistic, then read this:

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=944922

While you'll have to overlook a few of the idiots, the read is interesting to say the least. I've never bought from them in the past, nor will I in the future. Blue Torch Fab on the other hand might be worth a look if this is what you're after. If not, a standard Currie setup is tough to beat.

Best of Luck,

Mike[/quote]

DAYUM! Mike that is bad news! I had nomclue they were having bad reports!
 

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Nor did I. Luckily the parts I got were not made by them (I don't think). They carry QA1 heim joints and I THINK that's what is coming. Hopefully I didn't set myself up for failure....
 

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I ran the Ballistic Steering for a year or so. If you search you can find my steering thread. I ran the TRE's however. Why are you running the heim's? Just curious that's all. I also ran the Ballistic kit on my YJ and have to say, I was displeased with the fit of the QA1 Heim Joints and the weld-in bung's. I ended up drilling out the 1-ton taper and installing the GoFerit Off Road inserts and going with the Currie system. Wish I had just spent the money for the Currie unit in the first place. I hope you have better results than I did.
 
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