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  1. #1
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    Slop On Steering

    I have noticed some slop to occur after a run or two after I have already tightened the pillow ball screws. They are the round threaded plastic piece that makes the pillow balls tight. Anyways I always check them before every run and they always come loose. I'm sure this is normal and I will use some set screws to fix it but I was wondering how tight should they be. Just touching to wear there is no binding in the steering and no play in between the two or a little on the tight side and as you drive it it will loosen up a hair. Thanks

    Terry
    X3-RC8T/X2 ERBE/Losi SCTE/SC10 4x4/Baja 5SC/Rusty

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    yea i had the same issue like yours. UNfortunatley I ended taking apart both ends of the truck and dissassembling every arm.

    I adjusted each arm and pillow ball and the pillow ball caps so that they were both tight and then i slowly loosen them until i could move the arms freely with no resistance. (for extra smoothness i put a dollop of marine grease in the pillow ball retainers) the boot and plug keeps all of it in there.

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    To take the vagueness out of the setting the set screws and to really get a feel of the action they have on the pillow balls i use this method:

    Remove the screw that fastens the toe-angle turnbuckle/steering link from its respective axle carrier. With the axle carrier free to move side to side now, you get a better sense of how tite or loose the set screws are. I screw them down till they stop and then start to back them off... usually its like a shy under a half turn does the trick.
    When you have it just past the point where you feel a lil drag on them, you should be good to go. Hook the links back up and away you go.

    maybe it can work for you too.

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    I hold the arms so that the shaft is perfectly straight, then turn the retainers all the way in, and back off about 1/4 turn so that there is about 1/32" of play on the top and bottom of the carrier.

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    They take periodic adjustment. As you drive, they wear and even loosen.

    If your truck is new, the hex's are probably still ok. But after a while you'll have play in the hex's themselves...

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    Thanks for the advise. I will just check them before every run. I think I will try some set screws like my Tekno one's on my other revo.

    Terry
    X3-RC8T/X2 ERBE/Losi SCTE/SC10 4x4/Baja 5SC/Rusty

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