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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:25 pm    Post subject: Front Beam Center adjuster replacement Reply with quote

Question for the hive.

I need to replace one of the center torsion bar holders because Iím a dumb%$# and stripped the threads on it. Iím thinking about buying one of the cheap EMPI Avis style kits, just for that part.

Now when I look at the kits, the one for ball joint front ends uses a grub screw to hold the torsion bars, and a long one for adjusting. The link pin kit only uses the one long screw. Although I have a ball joint front end, I think I need the link pin kit because I already welded in the adjusters where I want them.

Any thoughts about this?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Front Beam Center adjuster replacement Reply with quote

Why not drill and tap one size larger?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Front Beam Center adjuster replacement Reply with quote

jakokombi wrote:
Why not drill and tap one size larger?


I thought about that, but the slot would have to be widened also. Doing that would reduce the amount of "teeth" contact to keep the torsions from moving.

I could possibly drill it out and tap it larger, then use a screw in insert or heli-coil.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Front Beam Center adjuster replacement Reply with quote

Can it be drilled and tapped the correct size on the exact opposite side, then put in backwards?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Front Beam Center adjuster replacement Reply with quote

KAmes wrote:
Can it be drilled and tapped the correct size on the exact opposite side, then put in backwards?


Now that I had not thought of. It's worth a shot I guess.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: Front Beam Center adjuster replacement Reply with quote

Or, could you weld up the existing hole and redrill it?
I don't like the sound of a helicoil in this application.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: Front Beam Center adjuster replacement Reply with quote

Cut the adjusters out & replace with new ones. Use adjusters for a balljoint beam as the profile of the spring packs are different from those in a kingpin beam.


I also suggest using Sway-a-way style adjusters, they are infinitely adjustable & far easier to adjust if there is any preload on the spring packs.
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