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Old 04-18-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Do any of you know ( link would be great) if anyone makes a tool that is designed to pop on pop off the ball cup from the throttle linkage to the carb slide? Pliers, screwdrivers, etc put too much stress on the threads and yesterday it cost me a race when my linkage came out of my ball end. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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any ball end remover for 1/10 scale cars will do. i do have ball end remover pliers just google ball end remover
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If I'm understanding you correctly, the real-car sized tool for removing ball joints is called a pickle fork. Maybe that's the real name for the tool that Wallot described?
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in rc world it is called ball end remover
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BAM.

Link for RC Ball End Remover. One of the first links google will give you. There are others out there, but here is one. They all look the same basically.

http://www.etamiya.com/shop/ball-end...-90002118.html
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:04 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the help. I did not know these things even existed. I found these when I did a search. Its nice to know what I was searching for. These should work great:

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/hmx/hmxhmxr4858.htm
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in rc world it is called ball end remover
Very cool, lean something new every day!
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For safety reason's i replace my throttle ball end quite frequently due to popping it on and off all the time....makes me feel a little better about it not happening again (Yes I have been there also james...so dont feel so bad.)
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What happened to me was from grabbing and bending it off so many times I snapped the rod inside the ball end. Even though my EPA was perfect my servo pulled the rod out of my ball end during my main. I was running 3rd in the final round of the championship series when this happened. My pit man was able to screw it back together and get me back on the track after he burned himself a few times and I had a 300 second lap. I was only able to climb back up 8th so I just ordered that ball link pliers for $20 I think it's well worth it instead of bending and twisting the linkage to pop it off. I have also torn a few carb boots using pliers and screw drivers. I hope that's all in the past with my new fancy tool
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What happened to me was from grabbing and bending it off so many times I snapped the rod inside the ball end. Even though my EPA was perfect my servo pulled the rod out of my ball end during my main. I was running 3rd in the final round of the championship series when this happened. My pit man was able to screw it back together and get me back on the track after he burned himself a few times and I had a 300 second lap. I was only able to climb back up 8th so I just ordered that ball link pliers for $20 I think it's well worth it instead of bending and twisting the linkage to pop it off. I have also torn a few carb boots using pliers and screw drivers. I hope that's all in the past with my new fancy tool
Does this tool work for putting it on too or is it just for taking it off?
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This thread is perfect timing....I'veben trying to figure the same thing.

One question though, aren't the pliers for ball link rod ends, not ball cups? I was watching a video on how they're used because I couldn't get my head around how they'd be able to pull off the ball cup on the carb.

Unless I'm missing something, in order for the pliers to work, the little stud on one jaw has to press on the top of the ball, so the other jaw can pop the plastic end off of it. That can't happen with a ball cup since there's no way to press on the top of the ball...

I'm thinking either one of those tapered fork tools, or a small set of curved needle nose pliers are the only two options....and plan on keeping several in my parts bin to replace it often.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:42 PM   #12
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Does this tool work for putting it on too or is it just for taking it off?
I just ordered it today, so I am not sure yet how it works, but from looking at the photo in the link I posted, I would say that you put the side with the slot over the rod that the ball is attached to and then you would press on the ball link, and for removal you would do the same but instead of pressing the pliers, you would open them and I'm hoping that would remove the ball cup. In theory that would make the best sense, but I wont know for sure until I get them. I will post up info with photos when the tool arrives and let you all know if I wasted $20 or not.
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James I use these from tamiya.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...ng-Nose-Pliers

All you gotta do is twist and it pops right off. No he-man stuff here I think you got into the "special cannoli" the night before. JK
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anything I use to grab the ball link and twist it off is no good for me. I want something that will pry the ball cup off the carb without twisting the cup at all, and then pop it back on..My fat little fingers and the limited clearance on the XRAY 808 make it very difficult any other way
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