- Question: We cannot find a replacement rod end. The thread is non standard. The manufacturer has stopped making it. Can you help?
Answer: Call us. We are now stocking blank rod ends. The blank can be made into either a male or female rod end, left or right and with a different pitch.
- Question: Do you sell just the ball? We want to build our own rod ends.
Answer: The spherical hard chromed ball is not stocked at this time.
- Question: Within 5 to 30 minutes after I installed your rod end it started making a terrible noise. (Chattering and squealing) What's going on?
Answer: In three situations, someone has replaced the installed bearing grease (Esso EPI) with Molybdenum disulfide, (MoS2) a very slippery high tech lubricant. This is usually a well meaning effort by someone trying to improve the life of our rod end. By design, bearings have to roll. If the oil is too slippery, the bearings start to slide. Result? Noise, chattering and squealing. Solution? Use POLYREX® EP 2 or a calcium-complex-soap-grease. Super slippery high tech lubes and MoS2 is effective on sliding surfaces, not rolling elements.
- Question: I race cars. The rules say we can use only "Aircraft Grade" rod ends. Will your rod ends meet this requirement?
Answer: At this time (03/01/2006) we do not have any technical information on rod ends for racing cars. Aircraft quality has many meanings. The most popular is "Cradle to Grave" traceability. This is part of the Military Standards requirements in mission critical situations that adds considerable cost to the product. We are not certified to Mil-Std requirements.
- Question: After installing your rod end, the "Dust Shields" broke loose from the rod end housing. What happened?
Answer: The misalignment angle was exceeded. To correct the problem, adjust the connecting linkage or select a rod end that has a larger "misalignment" angle.
- Question: Could you give me a definition of a rod end?
Answer: A threaded housing with a mounted bearing, specifically designed to handle defined misalignments in a linkage. A linkage is used to transmit forces over distance.