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Old 06-25-2012, 07:44 AM
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Torn ball joint boots on passenger side

My 56 chevy which is prostreet has the Heidts 2" dropped spindles mounted. When I took the car for alignment the shop informed me that they couldn't align the tire on the passenger side to get a full turning radius because it was too low. I don't have a problem with not turning fully to the right but I do have a problem with my ball joints which are fairly new (less than a year old). The boots are torn as you can see from my pics. And the spindles don't seem like its meshing properly to the ball joints. A friend told me that I need to get heavier springs so the car rises an inch or 2 but I don't want to raise it. I like its current height. Any advice to fix this and prevent this damage from happening again would be appreciated.
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How many miles on on your car? Have you overgreased them?

My Car has a Superide II, and I just took my Car apart and re-powdercoated eveything, and replaced all of the Boots (Ball Joints and Tie-Rods). Heidt's was happy to send me new ones-

I don't see anything different between yours and mine (other than the obvious torn Boot ), but I would just replace them-
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Not necessarily cheap but raising the suspension and installing dropped spindles should correct everything and allow you to keep the front low.

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Sometimes when the car is lowered by simply "shortening" the springs (which is essentially what you have) you change the geometry and the control arms are going up at an angle that is forcing the ball joints into a angle that it wasn't designed to work at. This is going to play hell with things and it simply isn't right.

All you need to do to correct the problem is to screw that spring seat up on the shock raising the front a little. This may not take an inch, it may only take a half inch but you need to take the extreme angle away from that ball joint, it wasn't designed to work that way.

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How many miles on on your car? Have you overgreased them?

My Car has a Superide II, and I just took my Car apart and re-powdercoated eveything, and replaced all of the Boots (Ball Joints and Tie-Rods). Heidt's was happy to send me new ones-

I don't see anything different between yours and mine (other than the obvious torn Boot ), but I would just replace them-
Thanks for your feedback. Just over 200 miles on the odometer since being restored and no I don't think I put too much grease. I will call Heidts for replacement boots.
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Not necessarily cheap but raising the suspension and installing dropped spindles should correct everything and allow you to keep the front low.

John L
Thanks John.
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Sometimes when the car is lowered by simply "shortening" the springs (which is essentially what you have) you change the geometry and the control arms are going up at an angle that is forcing the ball joints into a angle that it wasn't designed to work at. This is going to play hell with things and it simply isn't right.

All you need to do to correct the problem is to screw that spring seat up on the shock raising the front a little. This may not take an inch, it may only take a half inch but you need to take the extreme angle away from that ball joint, it wasn't designed to work that way.

Brian
Thanks Brian, your analysis is exactly what I thought. I will apply your suggestion and see how it goes.
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