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Thread: Stronger/more durable metro ball joints for E30 based Sportster?

  1. #1 Stronger/more durable metro ball joints for E30 based Sportster? 
    club member Club Member Patrick's Avatar
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    Has anyone found a source of ball joints that are not made of cheese? I've been through quite a lot of them, and again this year the MOT tester has noticed one of them starting to go, not enough for a warning yet but I'm going to change it anyway.

    I've been getting these GSJ268: https://www.minispares.com/product/C...%20to%20search
    BMW E30 Sportster 2005 - M20B28 - Build Log and Updates http://www.msportster.co.uk/
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  2. #2 Re: Stronger/more durable metro ball joints for E30 based Sportster? 
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    If its E30 based are the suspension/steering components not from the donor car?
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  3. #3 Re: Stronger/more durable metro ball joints for E30 based Sportster? 
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepritch View Post
    If its E30 based are the suspension/steering components not from the donor car?
    Not much E30 left on the Sportster's front suspension, only the bottom of the shock mount/spindle/hub/brakes. Even the steering rack is not BMW, I believe it's a ford part. The shock mount is cut and a thread welded in - the thread fits a metro balljoint which connects to the upper wishbone. The lower wish bone also mounts a metro ball joint. A lot of the E30 Sportster is based on the ford version which some tweaks.
    BMW E30 Sportster 2005 - M20B28 - Build Log and Updates http://www.msportster.co.uk/
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