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kwe
02-27-2012, 02:23 PM
I'm thinking about upgrading my balls(hehehe) from the stock plastic ones to the hollow steel ones from Traxxas. Will this switch reduce slop, etc? What are the benefits to doing this small upgrade?

jimbo74
02-27-2012, 02:29 PM
they reduce slop and they do not wear out like the plastic ones, they also don't allow you to overtighten them and deform liek the plastic

GULLY
02-27-2012, 02:34 PM
yeah plastic sucks, gotta have balls of steel if you wanna rock out hahah :D

Nkracl
02-27-2012, 04:23 PM
curious/ just wondering: does anyone know how many plastic balls there are that need replaced with steel hollow balls?

CobraWasHere
02-27-2012, 04:35 PM
There are 8 total links with hollow balls in them, each taking two except for the front turnbuckles, which take one. With my four years of mathematical education, I can say there are (8 * 2) -2 = 14 hollow balls.

02-27-2012, 04:40 PM
There are 8 total links with hollow balls in them, each taking two except for the front turnbuckles, which take one. With my four years of mathematical education, I can say there are (8 * 2) -2 = 14 hollow balls.
AMAZING MATH SKILLS!
/bow!

HawkeyeC25
02-27-2012, 04:44 PM
In my experience, I had more problems with the holes opening up... not the balls themselves. Even steel balls would result in a similar amount of slop over time. Metal links would be the final solution :)

GULLY
02-27-2012, 05:51 PM
there should actually be more for the shocks, I :\$#!!: hope so because I already took the plastic out !!

GULLY
02-27-2012, 05:53 PM
There should actually be 18..

and if there isn't. I'm gunna flip if my hobby shop doesn't have another pack in stock

GULLY
02-27-2012, 05:56 PM
kt I should be good :), I count 22 in all the pictures of them on google

Jo-3
02-27-2012, 07:36 PM
I dont get it, so there are more than just on the a-arms?

GULLY
02-27-2012, 07:50 PM
there's none on the a arms, the push rods and toe links on the a arms have 14 plastic hollow balls and the shocks have 4 plastic ones

and I'm pretty sure the package comes with 22 just incase you lose a couple or someting

Jo-3
02-27-2012, 07:51 PM
im lost, i thought at the end of the a-arms there were the balls you guys were talking about

GULLY
02-27-2012, 08:01 PM
that's what I thought too lol, I was confused too..

but no the steel hollow balls replace the little plastic joints on the end of the red rods and the 4 in the shocks

those are called hollow balls because they're hollow and, well they're balls :p

the things you're thinking about are really hard to break

Jo-3
02-27-2012, 08:02 PM
Then what are the ones at the end of a-arms?

GULLY
02-27-2012, 08:04 PM
Then what are the ones at the end of a-arms?

ahh, think they're called pivot balls, not sure

Jo-3
02-27-2012, 08:04 PM
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXANZR&P=7

what are these then?

GULLY
02-27-2012, 08:06 PM
says right in the title lol :lol:

pivot balls man

GULLY
02-27-2012, 08:07 PM
those go in the end of the a arms to the axle carrier.

Jo-3
02-27-2012, 08:11 PM
so they help? or a useless upgrade

GULLY
02-27-2012, 08:31 PM
you don't need the pivot balls no, get the steel hollow balls though, here's the part number

TRA7028x

type that into google and take a look

iamsuperbleeder
02-27-2012, 10:03 PM
yeah the stock pivot balls are steel to begin with; no real upgrades needed there (accept for the axle carriers themselves that ride on them, but that's another subject entirely)

first response by Jimbo said all that needs to be said about upgrading to steel hollow balls

get them; they're cheap and you won't be disappointed ;)