I think this is a great idea if it's solid metal. USRT and missinglinkz make it out of some fancy plastic which makes it unnecessarily expensive for the application IMO. I would buy something like this.
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Maybe I'm dense...but what is it that we are looking at here?
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As stated it is a relay shaft / ball which is in the shifter mess.
The big thing in the image is that the usual plastic ball which wears out and adds sloppiness to shifting has been replace with a metal cylinder which should yield less sloppiness and greater longevity.
What's the material?
What's the cost?
Will you sell just the "ball" by itself, so I can fit it onto a spare relay shaft I already have?
In case people don't know already, NGPRacing already sells an aluminum relay shaft ball
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Yeah I've seen the plastic ones but to me some form of metal always seemed better. I thought to use aluminum at first but it's lighter and i figured the more weight you can add to the linkage setup the more solid it would feel. This is the only one I've made thus far and it's just mild steel. I'm thinking of tapering it something like the aluminum one in the previous post for ease of installation. Also it seems like that one is designed to spin like the factory one, but mine is just press fitted. I saw no need to make it spin. I thought of selling just the cylinder itself but then you'd have to press it on (not that hard). My thought was to sell them with a core refund. Something like 5 bucks if you sent me your old unbroken relay shaft. Right now, I've got one spare shaft. I could probably make a few more cylinders by next weekend and determine cost by then if anyone is really interested. Send me a pm with interests and I'll get back to you as i get further along in the process.
Am not expert on it, but I am pretty sure the ball sinning freely is a very good thing. The idea is good, but the material choice isn't something I would purchase. Mild steel would eventually rust, and left untreated and/or perpetually abraded by the shifting motion, that "eventually" would not be too far away.
Aluminum or stainless would be what I would be interested in, even with the price increase.
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Originally i had intended to make a direct copy of the stock part from metal but then decided it was incredibly easier to make a simple, stationary part. The spinning probably helped improve the lifespan of the plastic but I'm sure my mild steel will last FAR longer than that. I don't foresee the fact that it's stationary making a substantial difference. I'll check prices on stainless vs. what i had (scraps) unless you guys think aluminum would be better. I just preferred to use steel for its weight. Like I said, PM me with interests/preferences and I'll work up some prices.