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Old 07-11-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default TF2 knuckle bearing mod: Tutorial

I am not the founder of this mod. To be honest I don't know who was the first. I've searched and searched for the thread after hearing about it and could not find the original thread. So here goes my first real thread and tutorial.

This mod provides a fix to the huge amount of slop the stock knuckes and bushings develop over time and the knuckes will be able to turn a lot smoother.

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7/32 drill bit
15/64 drill bit (not pictured)
4x 3x6x2.5 flanged bearings
tf2 knuckes



Before and after pic


First drill the knuckle with the 7/32 bit


Next use the 15/64 bit


I tried to just use the 15/64 bit on my first knuckle and it ended up with to much slop. If you got it right the bearing will just press right in with no issues.

Bolt it on the axle. I use 8mm screws cut down to 7mm so they didn't run into my xvds.


After you get it bolted on you will have to play around with the screws to get the knuckle centered and to where it doesn't rub on the housing.

That's it your done just make sure you use thread lock.






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Old 07-24-2015, 12:27 AM   #2
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Did you drill the knuckle all the way thru?

So does the bearing replace the cooper bushings the on the inside of the knuckles, so now you have the bearing riding on the housing?
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:25 AM   #3
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Did you drill the knuckle all the way thru?



So does the bearing replace the cooper bushings the on the inside of the knuckles, so now you have the bearing riding on the housing?

I did one side at the time and yes it replaces the copper bushing but it only goes halfway threw the knuckle and the screws hold everything center and free


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Old 08-21-2015, 12:47 PM   #4
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I can now say that this is a very worth while mod. I beat the crap outta this truck at a local comp this past weekend and they held up great. No slop to be found.


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Old 08-21-2015, 05:57 PM   #5
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I like this writeup. Considering trying it.

Where can I find the bearings you mentioned?

4x 3x6x2.5 flanged bearings

If I recall, I'm actually running without a bushing on one side as it is.
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Old 08-21-2015, 06:33 PM   #6
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Before and after pic



This doesn't leave much material on the knuckle. Is there a size smaller bearing that would work?
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:02 PM   #7
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Just throwing another idea out there that doesnt require modifying the knuckle. Ive been using plastic bushings from an ax10/scx10 and sanding the flange down a touch these fit snug in the knuckle holes and leave no slop just reinstall the knuckles with stock screws
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:31 PM   #8
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I like this writeup. Considering trying it.



Where can I find the bearings you mentioned?



4x 3x6x2.5 flanged bearings



If I recall, I'm actually running without a bushing on one side as it is.

I got my lhs to order them. But they were avids I believe.


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Old 08-23-2015, 04:33 PM   #9
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This doesn't leave much material on the knuckle. Is there a size smaller bearing that would work?

You really don't have to drill all the way threw only about half but I beat the crap outta it literally at the last comp and didn't have a problem with them.


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Old 08-23-2015, 04:35 PM   #10
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Just throwing another idea out there that doesnt require modifying the knuckle. Ive been using plastic bushings from an ax10/scx10 and sanding the flange down a touch these fit snug in the knuckle holes and leave no slop just reinstall the knuckles with stock screws

That will work but eventually have to be replaced once they wear. And not as smooth as the bearing will be.


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That will work but eventually have to be replaced once they wear. And not as smooth as the bearing will be.


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Ive had to replace them twice now but taking a chance breaking a knuckle can result in a 4 week wait for parts for me i love my truck too much to wait that long
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This will be the first thing I do you tf2. Wile swapping to xvds.
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Old 09-14-2015, 02:23 PM   #13
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Thanks for sharing this mod. The knuckes on my TF2 is nearly gone and needs this mod badly.

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Old 10-30-2015, 01:56 PM   #14
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So I've been beating on the tf2 for a lil while now and I can say even though it doesn't seam like much metal is left after drilling I haven't broken a knuckle yet and there is still no slop. I'm sure if you drive the thing like its a slash you might break one but they have taken some pretty hard hits and kept on going fine


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So, wait a second. When you say to center the knuckle with the bolts does that mean that the bearing doesn't rest snug against the housing?

I too cannot find the original thread, but I thought the idea was to use 4 bearings per side. 2 flanged, 2 normal so that tightening of the bolts doesn't side load the bearings. Maybe shims are all that are needed to center 2 bearings per side. Kind of like setting up trunion bearing preload and knuckle centering on a 1:1 Toyota axle.

The way I see it, while there is less wall thickness after drilling out the knuckle, the bearing itself actually contacts far more of the knuckle than the previous undersized kingpin bushing. Plus the bushing's small contact area is the wear/friction surface. After the mod the bearing is the wearable part and should never wear further into the knuckle, unlike the bushing.

This seems like a must do. I'm drilling out mine before initial assembly. I lucked out and even already have the bearings.
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So, wait a second. When you say to center the knuckle with the bolts does that mean that the bearing doesn't rest snug against the housing?



I too cannot find the original thread, but I thought the idea was to use 4 bearings per side. 2 flanged, 2 normal so that tightening of the bolts doesn't side load the bearings. Maybe shims are all that are needed to center 2 bearings per side. Kind of like setting up trunion bearing preload and knuckle centering on a 1:1 Toyota axle.



The way I see it, while there is less wall thickness after drilling out the knuckle, the bearing itself actually contacts far more of the knuckle than the previous undersized kingpin bushing. Plus the bushing's small contact area is the wear/friction surface. After the mod the bearing is the wearable part and should never wear further into the knuckle, unlike the bushing.



This seems like a must do. I'm drilling out mine before initial assembly. I lucked out and even already have the bearings.

I guess you could do 4 per side but the 2 are working just fine on mine and on the housing with just 2 bearings if you tighten the screws up to much it starts to pull the housing apart and into the knuckes and it binds up. I thought about using spacers to take up the extra space but it you put to big of a spacer it would hold the bearings up and give the knuckes up and down play and I didn't want that.


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I followed the original tutorial with 4 bearings per side, 2 flanged and 2 normal. that way there is no side load on the bearings and you can snug everything right up. Been running it that way for 2 years and it's still as tight and smooth as the day i did it. It would be the first thing I would do to a TF2 before even running it.
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I followed the original tutorial with 4 bearings per side, 2 flanged and 2 normal. that way there is no side load on the bearings and you can snug everything right up. Been running it that way for 2 years and it's still as tight and smooth as the day i did it. It would be the first thing I would do to a TF2 before even running it.

So basically you get 4 flanged and 4 regular bearings and the rest is good to go. Mine is holding fine with the 2 per side so it would be easy to add the extra 2 bearing in per side.


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You really only need 2 flanged bearings. I use one on the inside of the knuckle on the bottom, so there isn't so much up/down slop of the knuckle on the housing.
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I ran mine on the outside so the knuckle is completely captured buy the bearings and there is no slop in mine.


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