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  Topic: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 42
Views: 2521

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:13 am   Subject: Re: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal


What do you expect the longevity of the boots and warranty on boot failure?

And what would the warranty be on the joints?

The boots for both the uppers and lowers will be a nitrile/PVC ble ...
  Topic: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 42
Views: 2521

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:41 am   Subject: Re: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Chris, if you're interested in expanding the line once these get off the ground, put some interest-gauging feelers around the Bay community. The available Bay parts have been as bad as the Vanagon on ...
  Topic: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 42
Views: 2521

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:33 am   Subject: Re: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Does the extended length version negate the need for a spacer or would there be any benefit to stacking them together?

From the FAG above:

Before this thread gets locked.
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  Topic: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 42
Views: 2521

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:48 am   Subject: Re: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
the parts that I get out of Taiwan do not even compare to the trash coming out of China...
At this point the Chinese have the experience and the equipment to produce a superior product. A company t ...
  Topic: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 42
Views: 2521

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:42 pm   Subject: Re: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Thanks for the compliments and support. It has been (and still is) a huge undertaking. However, I think it will e worth it in the end.

Okay, I'll try to cover all the questions, but if I miss one ...
  Topic: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 42
Views: 2521

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:03 pm   Subject: Re: T3 Ball Joints - Not created equal
I also received my sample/prototype lower ball joints and I'm REALLY stoked on these. I worked really hard with the engineers to get exactly what I wanted out of the new joints. I cut one of our new j ...
  Topic: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 42
Views: 2521

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:02 pm   Subject: T3 Technique Ball Joints - Not created equal
This thread is sort of a continuation of this thread: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=276274

But since these new T3 joints are actually coming to fruition, I figured it would be b ...
  Topic: urethane vs rubber suspension bushings
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 64
Views: 8999

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2021 2:21 pm   Subject: Re: urethane vs rubber suspension bushings
Iím looking at front bushings right now.

Opinions are all over the planet!!!

Burley says no urethane on upper control arms.



Which is interesting since there are thousands of reliable u ...
  Topic: urethane vs rubber suspension bushings
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 64
Views: 8999

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:53 pm   Subject: Re: urethane vs rubber suspension bushings
Thought this looked like a good addition to the squeaking issue.

How to Fix Polyurethane Bushing Squeak Permanently:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbgEvh-rSl4

^^^ very nice,

Except...that ...
  Topic: good T4 Mechanic near Boulder/Denver?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 2
Views: 230

PostForum: Eurovan   Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:20 pm   Subject: good T4 Mechanic near Boulder/Denver?
Hello T4 owners. I normally hang out in the T3 corral, but my brother has a T4 and just called me with some engine trouble. He's a long way from home and stuck in Boulder, asking if I know anyone repu ...
  Topic: Upper control arm bushing replacement??
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 34
Views: 7777

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 8:06 am   Subject: Re: Upper control arm bushing replacement??


T3 also refers to 3 washers, but I don't understand the three washer reference - as it just looks like one either side - which is two?

Could you point out to me where this is written? I'm not s ...
  Topic: Upper control arm bushing replacement??
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 34
Views: 7777

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 6:41 am   Subject: Re: Upper control arm bushing replacement??


The previous owner installed all new powerflex bushings in the front end.

I am going to be looking at the upper control arm bushings next. It does not look like a particularly difficult job - ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 131
Views: 39010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu May 20, 2021 10:57 am   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Thanks for all of the support.

As of today, the projected timeline for the uppers is around late September to early October of this year. The timeline for the lowers is probably March of next year. ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 131
Views: 39010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat May 01, 2021 2:21 pm   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Chris- thanks for persuing this solution. they'll be appropriately expensive for a small run and 99% of us will pay for that quality without whining. well, 95%.

"But I can get a Febi for $11 ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 131
Views: 39010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:58 am   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?

How about the boot on your ball joints, are they able to put something on that they will guarantee will not crack in a few years?

The boots for both the uppers and lowers will b ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 131
Views: 39010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:49 pm   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
I can see the new window sticker now...T3's got BALLS Laughing

Ha! Well, I suppose that's better than a "T3's got joints". I'm afraid I would attract the wrong type of customer and they wo ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 131
Views: 39010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:47 pm   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
That is awesome! Since Syncros are lifted over the 2wd (but they have different arms) would you recommend the tall versions even on stock Syncros?

While the suspension design/geometry of the Syncro ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 131
Views: 39010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:46 pm   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Chris,

Amazing engineering and a game changer as well. I'll be your 1st batch of customers for the LBJ and UBJ, planning on lifting my 2WD auto trans Westy.

Question: as you mentioned UBJ for li ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 131
Views: 39010

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:52 am   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Unless you find old stock MOOG, you will be buying garbage.
Today's MOOG lower ball joints are the same crap as the others.
Lemforder is the only quality choice today.


This is 100% true. I even ...
  Topic: Installing cabin heater for water crossings?
Christopher Schimke

Replies: 10
Views: 423

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:19 am   Subject: Installing cabin heater for water crossings?
I'm looking for ideas/experience for installing a cabin heater with an eye toward making sure set up properly for occasional water crossings where the water may occasionally be above the level of the ...
 
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