Re: [DML] Super Strength Ball Joints
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Re: [DML] Super Strength Ball Joints



I have not heard much about replacment ball joints failing. However, there was a safety 
recall campaign early on to replace the lowers on curtain early cars. Of the failures that 
you occaisionally here about, it is rarely stated whether or not the failed joint was an 
unchanged original or a replacement unit per the safety recall. It is amazing to here about 
cars that still don't have the 3 major safety campaigns performed. The most notable and 
easiest to spot being the frame reinforcment at the frame extension.  Their are still a lot of 
unaccounted for cars out there. After all the DML only has 1800 plus registered members 
and not all own cars. That leaves 2/3's of the cars in the hands of uniformed owners. Just 
think of all the owners who don't know there is a well established service and parts 
network for the car.  

The major DMC suppliers have either Remanufactured or aftermarket units that require 
spacer kits. 

Dennis

DMC owner since 1994


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "tuxr" <tuxdarby@...> wrote:
>
> If you haven't heard of ball joints breaking then you haven't read 
> enough about Deloreans.  And, most importantly, considering the cars 
> are NOT driven that much, the fact that it's reported as much as it 
> is shows there's a problem.  Imagine that these cars were driven like 
> normal cars, say 10,000 miles per year.  If there were 5,000 cars out 
> there, that would be 50 MILLION MILES a year.  You'd hear about ball 
> joints breaking all the time, and they'd probably ban the cars from 
> the road as safety hazards.  I have mine checked each time I get my 
> oil changed, and it still worries me based on everything I've read, 
> given the consequences if it happens at speed.  There are lots of web 
> sites available to read up on stuff like this.
> 
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Andrew Prentis <aprentis@> wrote:
> >
> > I think you can have plenty of piece of mind with the
> > ball joints you have,provided they are the correct
> > type.Tom's Ball Joint failure is the first I've ever
> > heard of on a DeLorean,although it may have happened
> > before.But since it was a non genuine part I don'think
> > we've got anything to worry about.Sure, maybe they
> > could be better, but why would a vendor go the 
> > considerable trouble and expense to develop a new part
> > when the one we have is perfectly okay.I bet a large
> > majority of DeLoreans out there are still running on
> > the original ball joints and I don't hear reports of
> > ball joints failing all over the place.My car was a
> > daily driver for several years and all that went wrong
> > with my ball joints was the boots split and the grease
> > leaked out.The joint itself was fine.
> > IMHO a much bigger area of concern in the front
> > suspension is the lower control arms.18 months ago my
> > left one snapped in two near the ball joint.Luckily I
> > was going slowly, backing into my garage when it
> > happened, but if it had happened on my way to work
> > going 100km/h the results could have been pretty bad
> > to say the least.
> > So check you control arms and don't worry about the
> > ball joints.
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Andrew
> > Australia
> > 
> > --- tuxr <tuxdarby@> wrote:
> > 
> > > A question to any of the vendors:  What are the
> > > chances of having 
> > > super strength ball joints produced.  Same concept
> > > as the Toby TABS.  
> > > Ball joints cost about $50, I'd pay ALOT more for
> > > ones that I can feel 
> > > comfortable driving on (mine's a daily driver). 
> > > Maybe take pre-orders 
> > > like DMCH did with the headlight switches, to make
> > > sure there is 
> > > enough demand for them.  Charge me whatever you
> > > want, I want the peace 
> > > of mind.
> > > 
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