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apeterson17

Sunstar balljoint

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apeterson17

Recently had a balljoint break off the tie rod of my Simplcity Sunstar 20 (nice little streak across my front yard where the wheels were headed different directions). The cup was worn and opened enough to ‘drop the ball’ (badum-tss). Anyone have a lead on a good price for these?  Finding mid 30s-low 40s. Local dealer is saying 95. That’s obscene for a balljoint IMO. Also, any interim rigging that will work for me to get another mow before I replace? Any tips on replacing? Thinking a witness mark on the tie rod should suffice. Should I replace both?

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apeterson17

Not sure the answer, soaking in blaster right now and eyes aren’t great. Good watch out bc I hadn’t considered it...not sure if my answer determines your response or if it was just more a statement as written

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SimpleOrange
2 hours ago, apeterson17 said:

Not sure the answer, soaking in blaster right now and eyes aren’t great. Good watch out bc I hadn’t considered it...not sure if my answer determines your response or if it was just more a statement as written

Just alluding you to the possibilities when your ordering a new ball joint, one side will be right hand thread and one side will be left hand.

Some steering geometry may use right hand threads both sides of the tie rod then depend on a pal nut to keep everything in adjustment.

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Alltractoredup

I also have a Sunstar I will be replacing the ball joints on.  The part number from partstree is 1677206SM , which is different than another member suggested.  I have not removed mine yet to measure, but I would imagine all sunstars have the same.  Have you ordered them yet?  I hope the above part number works since they are a lot cheaper

 

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SimpleOrange

Parts Tree uses OEM part numbers.

One end of your tie rod as I mentioned above is probably left hand thread with a right hand threaded ball joint on the opposing end.

It will be the female portion of this ball joint that is left hand thread.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/QA1-BJGL6-Grommet-style-Ball-Joint-Carbon-Steel-with-a-3-8-24-LH-Thread/263973028267?epid=501418566&hash=item3d7604c1ab:g:nm0AAOSwWB5btgRV

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SimpleOrange

Think of your tire rod being a turnbuckle with one left and a right hand threaded ends.

By turning the centerpiece both ends retract or extend, this is how you adjust your alignment without having to remove the ball joints.

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dhoadley
11 hours ago, apeterson17 said:

Balljoints on mine are both RH thread with set nuts

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I was of the impression he was talking about the other part where the tie rod screws in.

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apeterson17
1 hour ago, dhoadley said:

I was of the impression he was talking about the other part where the tie rod screws in.

As am I; there are no set nuts pictured. They are still on the tie rod. Was showing wear in the photo. See photos below for RH thread proof

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