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Which car uses the smallest ball joints and tie rod ends?

Hey guys;
It's been a while since I've posted here but I'm looking for some help.
I recently finished a buggy build for my son , and I used "heim" joints for the front suspension. These are now failing, and need to use something beefier.
I want to use automotive ball joints and tie rod ends, but need to know which cars used the smallest ones.
I could use four wheeler stuff, but it's just too darn expensive.
Thanks for any help
Dan
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Try mid 60's Volvo 122 stuff. Much smaller than Mustang II. It's metric.
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The smallest ones are probably going to be on like a suzuki swift, geo metro, honda dell sole.. any of those tiny sub compact go carts like a smart car. Just look for something super cheap and small.. like a rusty geo metro so you can cut and weld some of of the spindle or cut and make a bolt on piece to your assembly if the spindle is cast and hard to weld. I would check prices or go to a pick and pull with a cordless sawzall or a torch and have a look around.
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If you can't find anything suitable perhaps all you need to do is get some better high quality heim joints. Or perhaps the ones that you are using are to small.
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I will fabricate the spindles, and will buy new joints. The heim joints were probably not the strongest, but one of the main reson for ditching them is because I can't get enough articulation from them even with using high angle spacers.
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If it was me I would go to autozone.com and start looking up ball joint prices for very small cars. Not saying buy from them, just use them for finding cheap ball joints?
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You have a lucky kid! What a neat ride!

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Yeah, he is pretty lucky!! I would have done anything for something like that when I was a kid. All we had was four wheels, an old ironing board and a hill.
The best part is that he's learning lots of skills that the school won't teach (anymore) and it keeps him off the streets and out of trouble.
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