HOW TO DO AN ADVANCED SEARCH.

Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:56 pm by Admin


For the benefit of 944Hybrids users there are two search functions available for you to use.
The purpose of this sticky is to explain the "Advanced Search" function because it is much more powerful and is the best choice when researching information.

When you log on to the site a list of options is shown in a line at the top of the page. One option is labelled "Search", use this option (NOT the search box lower down on the right).

After you click on the upper search option, a drop down box appears. At the bottom of this box is a radio button marked "Advanced …

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Ball joint and strut mount questions.

Post  Arthropraxis on Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:53 am

When I took off my control arms I noticed that one of the ball joint rubber covers was torn. When I pulled it back the grease was all dry and crumbly. Since they are off of the car should I option 1) replace the torn rubber and leave it at that? option 2) Replace the ball joint on the side that had the tear? (since it might have contaminants that will eventually cause wear) or option 3) Rebuild both sides since they are off of the car?
Will it hurt the strut mounts to let the suspension hang?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: Ball joint and strut mount questions.

Post  Tetzuoe on Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:12 pm

Id go ahead and rebuild both, once you get them apart you can determine if they are damaged or not, IE if the surface isnt as smooth as it could be. It is a bit of a PITA but its worth the peace of mind.
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That is what I thought

Post  Arthropraxis on Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:27 pm

I will do that while the motor is out. Seems like each little project leads to another one.
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Re: Ball joint and strut mount questions.

Post  RobotMachines on Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:23 pm

arthropraxis wrote:I will do that while the motor is out. Seems like each little project leads to another one.
True, but then it all turns around and goes back together for one hell of a ride.
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Re: Ball joint and strut mount questions.

Post  ffmedic on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:28 pm

It also depends on the year of your vehicle as well, per86 I believe you can replace the balljoints even upgrade to a raceing version cheaply.
post87 and on rebuilding I have heard good and bad things, I opted to go with low miledge A arms on my 87 944S due to the fact if you are going to be going 150mph+ I'd actually want to know for sure the thing will stay together while going that fast and around turns.
You can either buy the post 87 (aluminum) A arms on ebay if you search ,rather cheaply (with low miledge) or buy the post 87 ones new for $900.00 from the factory or other places, for the money though if you were going to buy new I would definately buy the racing versions ( cost is about the same as new) from various vendors that make them.
So if you have a pre 86 944 with the steel A arms it will be way cheaper, post 87 will be very expensive unless you find some good deaqls out their.
The pre 86 steel A arms have a different offset then the post 87 so you have to buy whatever the offset ones you have.
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Re: Ball joint and strut mount questions.

Post  evil on Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:18 pm

I have and 86 n/a and I have replaced the ball joints, all 86's have the later aluminum arms and not the steel arms. The replaced ball joints took all of 15 min a side to do and that included removal of the arms. 3 years later.... I have a classic control arm failure due to the lowering of my vehicle by the PO. Anyway while it they lasted I had the car well over 120mph on a near daily basis and they never once gave me an issue. Things to look for though are cracks in the top of the arm where the boot sits or an ob-longed hole, cracks just happen and the ob-longed hole is from a lowered car. Both require you to replace the arm. ~$400 for a new arm and I have seen used rebuilt arms at ~$160 but require a good core.

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Re: Ball joint and strut mount questions.

Post  Arthropraxis on Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:16 am

Update, I replaced the ball joints with the track kit that has the polybronze bushing and pressed in new front of front bushings while they are off. I would suggest if the ball joints haven't been done, you probably should. When I disassembled the originals the plastic bushings on each side had shattered.
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