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Old 11-15-2011, 09:57 PM
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Took my car in for an inspection recently and my mechanic (who is a friend of mine) noted that the rod ends on my 2 year old alta rear control arms where getting very lose. Presumably from exposure to the elements. Because of this he didn't want to align the car because it wouldn't hold the alignment.

So I quickly bought helix RCAs which have protective rubber boots to replace my Alta pieces. After getting the helix items in hand and seeing the rubber boots I realized that Helix must be sourcing them from somewhere. After a relatively quick search I found them here: http://www.bakerprecision.com/rodacc.htm
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Now of course I wish I had just bought new rod ends and these to refurb my old altas. Guess I'll just refurb them at my leisure and end up replacing the uppers.

Anyway, for anyone with exposed rod ends it would be a great cheap thing to do to improve the longevity of your control arms.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:19 PM
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For the cheap cost, I'm always amazed that other companies don't include the boots as well. They're readily available.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:27 PM
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but they aren't sexy
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but they aren't sexy
Neither are rod ends after 10,000 miles or so. Not in the northeast anyway
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:47 AM
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i can't say how they hold up under real winter weather (VA driver here), but i was pretty impressed with the little rubber caps on the megan arms. i didn't expect much from a budget brand, but they do a pretty good job of sealing the bearing.

i know it's not really related, just an fyi for others
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:56 PM
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Nice find!
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ty Rev! nice find, think I'll get some for mine
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