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    Default Frint suspension ball joint question.

    I have taken apart the front suspension and where the strut connects to a ball joint is there a dust cover there? On item #9 in the picture. Not the tie rod end area.
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    The ball joint has a rubber boot covering the joint itself. No other cover in that area.

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    The only rubber in that area would be the "O" ring that is on the steering knuckle arm (#3) and the dust boot John pointed out (9) in this illustration.
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    If the dust cover is missing, replace the ball joint. The new ball joint will come with a new cover and now the old joint has been compromised.

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    Geezer is the dust cover #9 on your picture? If it is do you know where I can get one or the whole ball joint?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
    Geezer is the dust cover #9 on your picture? If it is do you know where I can get one or the whole ball joint?
    Yes #9 is the dust cover. The dust covers come already on the ball joints when you buy them. Depending on your budget you can buy new balljoints from the Nissan parts counter or from a dozen other aftermarket parts supply houses. I would expect the OEM part to be the highest priced and also the one with the longest life expectancy but most of us opt for one from an alternate supplier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
    Geezer is the dust cover #9 on your picture? If it is do you know where I can get one or the whole ball joint?
    You can get new ball joints from any auto parts store. The new joint will come with a new cover.

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    Default Recent Work

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    - Powder coating is chipped away to fit

    - I used grease instead of O-ring in final assembly
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    do a search to verify, but there have been a lot of people pleased with the Moog brand replacements. I bought mine from Rock Auto and they fit/worked great.
    1978 280z 4sp

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    thanks for the feedback, I picked up a dust cover from Z-parts House for $4.25 each.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer View Post
    The only rubber in that area would be the "O" ring that is on the steering knuckle arm (#3) and the dust boot John pointed out (9) in this illustration.
    Bringing back an old thread here, where can I find the full illustration that geezer attached to post #3? I don't see it in my FSM and I'm interested in the components' names. Or the shortcut method: what are the official terms for items #1 and #2?
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    2 is the steering knuckle or knuckle arm, 3 is just an o-ring. (If I were to hazard a guess, I'd bet it's called "knuckle o-ring")

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    Thanks Captain! According to MSA, it's the "O-Ring, Steering Knuckle To Strut Assembly"

    Actually though, I was referring to post #3, not part #3 What about part #1? It must have a more specific name than "strut assy", since as far as I can tell it can be separated from the strut assy?
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    Whoops!
    That's the spindle.

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    Haha, nice, geezer comes back with the second page two years later. Thanks guys, that's helpful.

    I'm tackling my ball joints next week so just doing some reading to prepare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacarl View Post
    Bringing back an old thread here, where can I find the full illustration that geezer attached to post #3? I don't see it in my FSM and I'm interested in the components' names. Or the shortcut method: what are the official terms for items #1 and #2?
    Just a second answer to your question:
    Get a copy of the Parts Catalog for your Z - it has the illustrations, part names and part numbers.

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