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I have a Shelby bump steer kit fitted as my car is lowered. I have always noticed some front suspension noise which I thought was normal as well as a groan from the steering. However 2 days ago I experienced a loud knocking noise from the driver's side front wheel are which got so bad, in the space of 10 miles, that I thought I was going to have to have the car trailered home.

 

Anyway me and a friend investigated and noticed the knock coming from one of the Shelby tie rod ends. Once sprayed with a lubricant the noise went away. In fact the front end is now silent with no knocks or steering groan.

 

So I am wondering if any maintenance is needed for these tie rod ends (bumpsteer kit)? They have been on for about 6 months but I have always avoided the rain until recently when I got caught out. There is some very light rust which I have wiped off as it was the sort of light coating you get on brake discs and came off with a wipe.

 

I was wondering if it was worth adapting a universal rubber boot to cover these and fill them with grease or whether they need periodic lubrication? I think they are very finely machined as they are very tight so even wonder if any lubricant would get in them?

 

Thanks. Malc

 

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I'm about to put these on my car and have the Shelby end links as well. My thought is the lubricant you sprayed probably did the trick and you may have to occasionally repeat. Don't think I would try to "seal" these up with a boot and grease. Will be curious to hear what others say.

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I was going to go with the same ones but was told unless want to clean and lube every so often don't get, they are on the noisy side and done right require regular maint to be at their best. I went with Kenny brown sealed ones. Just like oem ends but extended shafts. Check out their site and bump steer kit.

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I was going to go with the same ones but was told unless want to clean and lube every so often don't get, they are on the noisy side and done right require regular maint to be at their best.

Yes , like any performance part they need to have regular maintenance . Yes , you can use an old or new tie rod end boot ( silicone ones are best ) to cover the topside of the heim and put a film of grease on it which would help but doesn't replace maintenance and you have to watch out that the grease doesn't get on the brake rotor ( it's close ). JMO

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I was saying the ones KB offers as a option instead of the heim joint ones is a custom one just like oem with a boot and grease zert but made with extended shaft to be used as a bump steer kit. He says they are a replacement for the FR500c. I would link but using phone and not sure how to do. Just a different option

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I was saying the ones KB offers as a option instead of the heim joint ones is a custom one just like oem with a boot and grease zert but made with extended shaft to be used as a bump steer kit. He says they are a replacement for the FR500c. I would link but using phone and not sure how to do. Just a different option

I hear ya - FRPP # M-3130-R2 and R3s do the same thing ( might even be the ones that KB sells ) also Whiteline offers a 3 position outer tie rod end ! There are options !

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I just saw on SPP these have a clearance issue with the Wilwood big brake kit. Guess I won't be installing after all.

 

I have both the bump steer and swaybar end links on my 2010 w/Shelby Baer 6P brakes and there's NO clearence issue. I don't think the Wilwoods are larger, are they? Inset more maybe?

 

I'm gonna have to peek under my car to see how much room there is between my rotor and tie-rod end now...

 

 

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I have a Shelby bump steer kit fitted as my car is lowered. I have always noticed some front suspension noise which I thought was normal as well as a groan from the steering. However 2 days ago I experienced a loud knocking noise from the driver's side front wheel are which got so bad, in the space of 10 miles, that I thought I was going to have to have the car trailered home.

 

Anyway me and a friend investigated and noticed the knock coming from one of the Shelby tie rod ends. Once sprayed with a lubricant the noise went away. In fact the front end is now silent with no knocks or steering groan.

 

So I am wondering if any maintenance is needed for these tie rod ends (bumpsteer kit)? They have been on for about 6 months but I have always avoided the rain until recently when I got caught out. There is some very light rust which I have wiped off as it was the sort of light coating you get on brake discs and came off with a wipe.

 

I was wondering if it was worth adapting a universal rubber boot to cover these and fill them with grease or whether they need periodic lubrication? I think they are very finely machined as they are very tight so even wonder if any lubricant would get in them?

 

Thanks. Malc

 

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Post #13 in the link below is what BMR recommends for heim joint lubricant..............

 

http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/svt-shelby-gt500-150/989353-squeak-after-bmr-panhard-bar-install.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I hear ya - FRPP # M-3130-R2 and R3s do the same thing ( might even be the ones that KB sells ) also Whiteline offers a 3 position outer tie rod end ! There are options !

Highly recommend the FRPP pieces. They work very well on my lowered car & are quiet - plus no stacked washers as on the bump steer kit.

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Highly recommend the FRPP pieces. They work very well on my lowered car & are quiet - plus no stacked washers as on the bump steer kit.

Just need to add that you're using the extended lower ball joints in conjunction with those FRPP pieces so you used that ( X5 ball joints ) to correct the front suspension geometry AND the steering geometry(with the FRPP M-3130-R2)

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