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    In reference to bending the upper link on the ball lift... I've not had much luck bending those cast pieces, i just tap the bushings in, that usually does the trick, but i love the collar idea. Pure genius!
    Charley
    82-70's SS Chassis Omega-Tek w/expanders
    2009 Qubica scoring 3QT's and 6 box.

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    I love it because you can put these on without pulling the lift. Just clamp the link so it's tight against the support bracket, put the collars on, remove the clamp.... done!

    You can bend them but like you I have learned it's tricky, they like to sometimes break very easily. I just slightly bend them in a vise until they rest tight against the support bracket.

    This was taught to me by John Isbell when I attended his class- thanks but the genius for this one goes to him

    And thinking about it, and I always say this about this part, I don't understand why it was designed to have nothing on the outside of the shaft to keep the link from spreading? The lower obviously does but not the upper, you would think something would be there but no...maybe this has or will change on the new machines?

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    • #3
      Hey TJ, the lock collar on the shaft, ( I love the idea BTW) is it a standard collar we use on the machines and if so what part # is it?
      AS REQUESTED....The all new and VERY improved "super cool" Pin_Head with super hip shades.....

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      • #4
        Hey guys, I use a hose clamp in all these places. also next to the shock. I grind or cut the rubber off to allow more width for the clamp to grab. This allowed me to change a shock that the shaft broke (real rare)without pulling the lift.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pin_Head View Post
          Hey TJ, the lock collar on the shaft, ( I love the idea BTW) is it a standard collar we use on the machines and if so what part # is it?
          Yes! It is the same collar you would find on the rudder tensioner or rudder crank.

          000-021-423...collar

          And if you really want to you can add thrust washer/bushing/bearing whatever...701-320-045 between the collar and the link but I usually don't, a little lube is enough.

          And and if you really really want to, you can grind flat spots on the shaft for the collar set screws, I never have and they stay put.

          And if you are wondering about ball lift height because the collar may rest on the stop bumper its really not an issue. If any adjustment is needed its very minor.
          Last edited by Tablejam; 04-28-2012, 09:15 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tablejam View Post
            Yes! It is the same collar you would find on the rudder tensioner or rudder crank.

            000-021-423...collar

            And if you really want to you can add thrust washer/bushing/bearing whatever...701-320-045 between the collar and the link but I usually don't, a little lube is enough.

            And and if you really really want to, you can grind flat spots on the shaft for the collar set screws, I never have and they stay put.

            And if you are wondering about ball lift height because the collar may rest on the stop bumper its really not an issue. If any adjustment is needed its very minor.
            There are updated brackets that the ball lift shaft bumpers screw into - they have a wider set of threads also - there might be one of them in the picture he has not utilized

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            • #7
              Its a great idea. I have always just bent the yoke in a vise with no ill effects. But still a great idea.
              If it cant be fixed with a hammer, use a bowling pin.

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              • #8
                Yes, put these on and stop it from happening in the first place.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tablejam View Post
                  Yes, put these on and stop it from happening in the first place.
                  Well maybe I will.
                  If it cant be fixed with a hammer, use a bowling pin.

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                  • #10
                    All the lifts that get pulled/rebuilt here automatically get the collar mod, been found it for awhile now and got about half of them done...spreading is no longer an issue here.

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                    • #11
                      I just like to tighten the yokes while rebuilding. I'm just looking for a tight fit. It keeps the whole assy a bit more rigid especially while a ball is at the top of the lift.
                      If it cant be fixed with a hammer, use a bowling pin.

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                      • #12
                        Yes I agree and that is important, so imagine it always being tight so you never get wobbly from the upper link........yeah im totally trying to sell this idea!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tablejam View Post
                          Yes I agree and that is important, so imagine it always being tight so you never get wobbly from the upper link........yeah im totally trying to sell this idea!
                          Sell two collars, two set screws as an 'upgrade' kit !!!!! (with instructions, of course )

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                          • #14
                            Actually, the set screws are already included with the collar!
                            Regards,

                            Billy T
                            bthompson@qubicaamf.us

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BillyT4QAMF View Post
                              Actually, the set screws are already included with the collar!
                              Added bonus!

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