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Old 02-19-2010, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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***Sneak Peak at the heavily improved Ballistic Rod End MRK 3.0 ***



More spy pics to come.

Just a heads up.... These rod ends are about to go up in price, but anyone who orders at the current price will be upgraded to MRK 3.0 for FREE. This also includes any back orders that are currently waiting.

We will raise prices once the rod ends begin to ship (about 1-2 weeks) so act fast!

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Old 02-23-2010, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pieces and parts are beginning to arrive back from heat treaters, more pics to follow in the next few days. These things are turning out to be NICE!

BTW thanks to those that have taken advantage of my offer -

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Old 02-24-2010, 08:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jeff what is the Race made out of? Material your customers would probably like to know.

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The race is ampco-15

The new bearings are 17-4 PH, polished to mirror finish then treated to H900 44Rc, then gas nitrided to 68rc surface hardness .005" deep

New housings are 4340 CrMo steel, heat treated THEN finish machined

New Spanner nuts are 4130N with no cutouts to weaken the structure.

More to follow

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how much of a price spike are we looking at?
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We'll announce it soon, but it will be roughly $20-$25.


As far as the races, we also have 660 bronze and Ampco 15 prototypes that we're testing as well.
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so you will no longer be offering the old 3"?
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Will these races be available for the current 3.0 Joints? Would be a great addition to the 3.0 Joints I already have. Thanks
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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These are changes for the Ballistic rod end (now V3.0), not their 3.0" joint is my understanding.
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These are changes for the Ballistic rod end (now V3.0), not their 3.0" joint is my understanding.
That makes more sense. Was trying to figure why they where making chromo cartridge joints to replace the old ones.
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Will these races be available for the current 3.0 Joints? Would be a great addition to the 3.0 Joints I already have. Thanks
We haven't had any reason to do so at this point. We are required to machine the bore on the joint to a tolerance that is over 5 times tighter, so they won't be backwards compatible, nor can we make them for the existing forged joints.
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Before heading out for black zinc plating
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4130N Spanner nuts





660 Billet aluminized bronze bearing race
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Them things are SWEET!! I think I better order more of them rigs asap!
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Starting to ship old orders, we'll be raising the price on Monday. Thanks for the orders - Jeff
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Aaarrgghhhh CRAP !!

I had an order about 2mths ago but had other commitments to look after first. I am just getting back on track but I won't be able to get order done until mid next month ($$$).
Suppose I will just have to pay the extra. Hopefully the Aussie $$$ keeps up with the USD.



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They will be well worth the upgrade.
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Attn: MRK 2.0 Rod End users -

We will be offering to upgrade anyone that puchased the Ballistic Rod End MRK 2.0 to a fully functional MRK 3.0 for ~$30. We will have the details posted tomorrow afternoon.

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Jeff what is the reason for removing the material around the head of the joint body, just clearance for bracket depth?

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It fits all of our current brackets like you guessed (and the Army's brackets as well)..
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