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09-09-2015, 09:37 PM
Hi !

So, my trike construction is progressing well (click here (https://goo.gl/photos/dxPLUQUE6emTNhi17) - I know, it's not fully welded, I used bolts and nuts) and I'm now looking for the direction pieces now... I'm a little bit confused because in Brad's instructions, he's only saying that the control rod is made of hollow tube and a pair of ball joints. However, when I went to a car shop (Canadian Tire in Canada), the clerk asked me what is the brand of my car as he has over 2000 kinds of tie rod... What are the real names of the pieces ? Is it possible that the tube could be a brake linkage ? Where should I find the ball joints (http://www.amazon.ca/SAL12-12mm-Thread-Joint-Bearing/dp/B00DN5PZ3Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1441848154&sr=8-3&keywords=ball+joint+end) ? Thanks :-) !

09-09-2015, 11:09 PM
I think the real name of the ball joint is a rose joint?

09-10-2015, 12:36 AM
Actual name is Ball joint rod end. And here is a link of where you can find them if not locally. Amazon and Ebay also have them. As well as Golf cart- Go cart - Riding Lawn mower shops.
Auto shops will have automotive sizes. Some times they are referred to as Heim joints.


And here: http://www.thebigbearingstore.com/cm-male-rod-ends/

Hope that helps.

09-10-2015, 12:43 AM
another common term is Heim Joints


you want 3/8"

09-10-2015, 12:44 AM
Try asking for spherical rod end bearings, male thread. Not sure if your plans call for 3/8" or 5/16, but the thread and the bearing hole are typically the same size. They come in right hand and left hand threads if you want to make a true tie-rod type steerer tube. Here is a link. (http://www.usabearingsandbelts.com/18m7/heim-joints-rod-ends.html)

The "rod" for 3/8" male rod end bearings is typically 1/2" OD, mild steel (sometimes called DOM, or drawn over metal), .065" wall thickness, ID of .370". Here is a link.

Hope that helps? Sorry if info you already know.


09-11-2015, 11:48 PM
Hi ! Thanks for all your comments. I was finally able to find 2 ball joint end rod 3/8 at a local lawn mover/snowblower shop. I bought a 3/8 threaded stem and everything is working fine. I would say that this project need patience but I'm finally seing some light at the end of the tunnel !