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We have been a QA-1/Carrera dealer for awhile, but until now our website did not have any info and pricing on rod ends. With winter here, now is the time to give your cobra a complete safety inspection, and one of the things to check is the spherical rod ends. If any of them need replacing, it would be our pleasure to help you out. Below is a direct link. Thanks.

http://www.vpmcobras.com/rodends.htm
 

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Thanks William!

Do you have some examples of what exactly we're looking for? I assume that if the ball is bound or loose, that's bad but any other suggestions?

R :D
 

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Hi Randy,
You'll want to check for signs that the rod end was stressed from pivoting beyond its designed misalignment angle. The rod ends on the bump steer kits would be a perfect example. On the FFR the rod ends get very close to binding at full droop, and will vary depending on the way your bump steer is set up. Put the front in the air with the suspension at full droop, and check to see if the rod end binds before full droop is achieved. You can sometimes see marks on the rod end where this has happened.

With the IRS lower arm, you may want to change the rod ends at a specific preventive maintenace interval, because they are highly stressed. Because the upper arm is only a camber link, the lower arm see a lot of stresses from braking and accelerating. The upper arm only controls camber.

And as you mentioned, any rod end that seems overly loose or sloppy.
 
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