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Rag Joint Question


Josh51

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I just replacement my rag joints. The old rag joints were cracked and had a ton of play before they would start turning the wheels . I bought the Doorman universal rag joints and built them per the write up in the tech library, see link below

Once I got everything reinstalled and test drove it I noticed the new rag joint isn't all on the same plane..its crooked at rest. I used i rubber bushing at each bolt, maybe I tightened the too much? Should I add more bushings/spacers to get the rag joint back to an even plane? Maybe instead of rubber grommets I use a thicker nylon bushing?
See pictures...the rag joint with the shinny bolts is the new, the other is the original

Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.
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19Walt93

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Loosen up the pinch bolt on the upper flange and tap it down a little. In the pictures it looks to be a little further on the shaft than it was before.
 

19Walt93

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Ford Ranger
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V8
Engine Size
351
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2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Drop
3"
Tire Size
235/55R16
My credo
If you don't have time to do it right will you have time to do it over?

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