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Tacoma Camburg Uniball UCA Dust, Mud, Water Covers

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Milowilli, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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    Milowilli

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    Due to the design of the open Uniball on the UCAs on the market, they are prone to early failure when used in extreme conditions..4 to 6 months on trucks used in the South American rain forest..mud, dirt, sand and Water. The dry lube washes off very quickly and eventually causes the Uniball to squeak and rattle.
    I have designed Covers that keep the elements out of the top of the Uniball and will be sending them to South America for evaluation.

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    Low profile Camburg bolts used as the Chaos and other models use a taller bolt which makes it hard to cover.
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    Covers welded on and Arms to be painted...more pics to follow.
     
  2. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:06 AM
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    Awww yeah :popcorn: Love ingenuity like this
     
  3. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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    Nice work!!
     
  4. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:09 AM
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    Nice.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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    Awesome idea, looks sharp.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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    Although this is a great idea for the top acting like a pool, what do you do about the bottom of the Uni-ball that is actually exposed to more dirt and debris? On another note, not all Uni-balls make noise from dirt, debris, water and so on.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:24 AM
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    From what I noticed the top of the Uniball is the problem because of what you said..pooling of mud, Water dirt. The Bottom is hard to cover and requires a complete redesign of the cup and a rubber boot like what the Austrailians did.A cover on the top in my opinion will extend the life of the Uniball for sure. I have seen failures on Chaos and Camburg Uniballs..who makes a tough failure proof one?

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    Monster Rides sealed Uniball UCA..$1400.00 USD delivered to USA from Australia.
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  8. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:27 AM
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    indeed, was aware of them, knew they were very pricey, I have been playing around with a boot for the bottom of the UCA uniball transition and was wondering if you were going down the same path.
     
  9. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:49 AM
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    I looked at the Arm carefully and due to the design of the cup it's impossible to cover the lower. The cup will have to be redesigned. The guys will lube the bottom and remove the cap to put in penetrating dry lube and that should work better than having no cover. The top will always be clean and have penetrating Dry lube.. We have a sticky highly abrasive orange/ red clay that gets into everything and the trucks are in it for hundreds of miles at a time..for work not weekend warriors so the parts have to last. Here are some examples of our conditions.

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    This Mud is serious crap..eats uniballs for lunch!!!
    Lol
     
  10. Apr 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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    Simple, yet brilliant.
    Is that the 1.25 or 1" uni...Id be interested in one...tired of the squeeks.
     
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    indeed, lots of iron in that mud, have spent some time in So. America, im working on a wrap around design that cover the holy assembly.
     
  12. Apr 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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    Let me know what you come up with!!
     
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    These look like awesome ideas guys.. Just the reason i need to get Uni-balls instead of ball joints once I upgrade my suspension..
     
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    This may sound stupid or oversimplified, but, why not just use spherical bearings with grease ports and add a grease zerk to the arm.

    You could probably offer them a squirt of grease by positioning the wheel spokes in a position to have easy access.

    Waterproof marine grease should last a while, prevent corrosion, and purge out any contamination the does slip by the grease layer.

    Just asking, I was toying with accomplishing the greaseable mod but have not bought upper arms yet. For my needs I plan to buy ball joint Camburgs for simplicity.

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  15. Apr 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM
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    Easier, goes on wet and drys.

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    Nobody makes a Uniball with grease fittings
     
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    Lube dosnt stay on in our conditions..after a few mud holes all lube is gone.
     
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    I know you're aware of this, but for anyone else, Miles has another thread with a ball joint solution that might do the trick.
     
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