Does this this rag joint look serviceable?

Discussion in 'suspension & brake,& aerodynamics' started by DorianL, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. DorianL

    DorianL solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    o_Oo_Oo_O

    Is it supposed to be wavy like that?

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  2. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Yes but they are dirt cheep to buy new.
    Should replace.
    Ask Richard where to buy it.
     
  3. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    The best rag joints are NOS - nothing compares to the originals. Napa has a good one and you can buy the refurbish kit to save about $10. There is one that Gary1999 uses. I can’t think of the name but can picture the box, it’s green. Come to think about it I bought some from Gary about 10 years ago and still have 1 or 2. Let me know if you want one.
     
  4. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    I just got a better look at it, It looks fine I would leave it be.
     
  5. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Ira, snap a photo of the adjustment nut on the steering box.
     
  6. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Oh, just saw your first post and yes, it’s supposed to waive as you see it. Look for frayed or torn material to indicate a need for replacement.
     
  7. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Correction it’s Gary at gtr1999 on DC

    The owner at Willcox is hunting down the 7 layer rubber like the Originals had. Saginaw was the supplier.
    I’ve known guys to go through the junk yards looking for original low mileage, good looking rubber to reuse.
    Yet some even go to a U-joint inplace of that rag joint.

    In any case yours is the 69 to 82 rj that has the flat spot on the shaft and the 3/4” hole. You are remote so I’m giving you everything I can.
     
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  8. DorianL

    DorianL solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Thanks!!!! The ragjoint is wavy and that puzzled me.

    But eyeballing very carefully, I didn’t see any deflection.

    Thanks, thabks.
     
  9. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    they always look wavy, there does not appear to be a thing wrong in the photo, it looks virtually new
     
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