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Spherical Rod Ends & Ball Joints - Cablecraft Australia

Spherical Rod Ends & Ball Joints

Manufacturers of high quality spherical rods ends including chrome moly, stainless steel, aluminium and steel

with liner materials in Teflon, bronze, nylon and steel-on-steel. We can provide both imperial and metric sizes

in your choice of male and female configuration.

Rod Ends Brochure


Spherical Rod Ends

A Spherical Rod End is a mechanical articulating joint. Such joints are used on the ends of control rods, steering links, tie rods or anywhere that a precision articulating joint is required. A ball swivel with an opening through which a bolt or other attaching hardware may pass is pressed into a circular casing with a threaded shaft attached. The threaded portion may be either male or female.  Rod End bearings may be found in cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles, lawn tractors, industrial machines, go-karts and many more applications.

Chrome Moly

Material specifications:

Ball: Body:
52100 steel Mild steel
Rc 56 min Zinc plated
Hard chrome plated Clear chromate treated
 
Race: Liner:
Mild steel Teflon fabric
Zinc plated Permanently bonded to race I.D.
Clear chromate treated  
Manufactured in both male and female from 3/16 unf through to ¾ unf. Also available in step sizes.

 

Stainless Steel

Material specifications:

Ball: Body:
440c stainless steel 17-4 PH stainless steel
Heat treated Heat treated

Race:

Liner:
17-4 PH stainless steel Teflon fabric
Heat treated Permanently bonded to race I.D.
Manufactured in both male and female from3/16 unf through to ¾ unf.
 

 

Carbon Steel

Material Specifications:

Ball: Body:
52100 steel Mild steel
Rc 56 min Zinc plated
Hard chrome plated  
Manufactured in both male and female from 3/16 unf through to ¾ unf.

 

Aluminium

Material Specifications:

Ball: Body:
52100 steel 7075-T6
Heat treated Colour anodized
Hard chrome plated  
Manufactured in both male and female from 3/16 unf through to ¾ un


Liner:

Teflon fabric
Permanently bonded to race I.D.
Manufactured in both male and female from 3/16 unf through to ¾ unf. Step sizes also available.


Ball Joints

A ball joint consists of a bearing stud and socket enclosed in a casing; all their parts are made of steel. The bearing stud is tapered and threaded, and fits into a tapered hole in the steering knuckle. Protective encasing prevents dirt from getting into the joint assembly. Usually, this is a rubber-like boot that allows movement and expansion of lubricant. Motion control ball joints tend to be retained with an internal spring, which helps to prevent vibration problems in the linkage.

Carbon Steel

Material Specifications:

Body and Stud:

Carbon steel or alloy steel

Metric and imperial sizes available.


Nuts

Available in steel and aluminium in sizes from 3/16 unf through to ¾ unf