Heim joint rigid? - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Everything to do with wheels, tires,
suspension, forks and brakes

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
iTrader: (0)
Heim joint rigid?

Has anybody ever tried using heim joints with a steel sleeve to replace the shocks? If it worked it would be nice to have an adjustable rigid frame...
bgballin26 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
iTrader: (0)
I'm open to opinions, it may be a bad idea but i wanted to bring it up, i searched the forums and i can't find anything on heim joints.
bgballin26 is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 04:23 PM
Members who have donated towards server costs
flitecontrol's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Posts: 4,701
iTrader: (14)
Well, I had to google it to figure out what it was, so you probably want someone more knowledgeable to comment! Welcome to the forum though!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
"Black Beauty"
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles

Old Blue
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008

1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
flitecontrol is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
iTrader: (0)
Thank you, heim joints are very strong and should hold up well. On my quads, i replace the tie rod ends with heim joints, i have had good luck with them, and there not to expensive, and i can have the sleeve powdercoated to match the bike.
bgballin26 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-27-2009, 06:27 PM
Old Fart
Knifemaker's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Catawissa, MO
Posts: 11,717
iTrader: (4)
Heim joints are usefull for parts that need to move in 3 dimensions of one another, and as the rear shocks on our bike only need to move in 2 in relation to the top and bottom mount, there be no usefull advantage in using a heim joint over a simple rolling bushing (like the ones currently on our rear shocks)

As for using to adjust height, you might have a idea there, but the the threads would have to be pretty heavy duty and it might be hard building the two sides so each exactly the same length.

If you want a rigid rear, as in replacing the rear shocks with sold bars, the less joints, parts you have the stronger it would be. Things that have threads on them tend to loosen up on motorcycles, but I imagine you could just overbuild some really heavy chunk of metal with big thick heim joints at both ends, with double locking nuts on each threaded joint head, and accomplish what you are talking about here...it just be alot cheaper, stronger and weight alot less just to weld up the rear with 1/1/2" tubing on each side...(of course it would not be adjustable, but what is the point of making it adjustable anyway?)


If You Are Not Sure If I Am Joking or Not....I AM !!Photos:
Knifemaker is offline  
Sponsored Links


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome