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    Hi there,

    Finally, I was able to make a complete HOMEMADE ball-hook swivel.

    After registering in this forum, I read about members doing their own ball-hook swivel, but most of the posts, were building on an already made swivel (i.e. using the cover of everlast U hook). So I decided to make a complete and totally homemade ball-hook swivel, with the minimum cost.

    The hardest part was to find the metal ball, I started looking for a piece that contains the metal ball, and since we always spare old car parts after replacement, I found the car wheel axis "tie rod" is an amazing choice:

    As you see in the below pictures, I detailed the steps of making my homemade ball hook swivel, and this swivel costed me 0$

    Below is a breif description of each photo (from left to right, first row first):
    1. This is the car axis tie rod, as you see its two ends contain a metal balls.
    2. I cut out each end, and ended with a screw-with a ball, inside a metal cap.
    3. By knocking on the screw toward the ball, you will get the screw ball, and an empty metal cap.
    4. I removed the plastic sheild from the ball, so it is loose within the metal cap.
    5,6 I re-put the metal ball-screw inside the metal cap, this would be the container of the ball-hook.
    7,8 . I cut some length from the screw, and welded a U metal to the end of the screw, then welded the metal cap to a flat metal piece, this metal piece will be attached to the platform.
    9,10 the swivel is attached to the platform.

    I greased it, and it is fast, and don't have a noisy sound, I hope I will be able to video its motion, and put it here for evaluation.

    Your comments please
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    Last edited by questionare; 03-09-2012, 01:45 PM.

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    Once again and ingenius creation. Love to see how it hits in a video.
    Great job.
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    • #3
      Cool little SWIV. I also would like to see and hear this thing in action.

      You gotta love the sound of a ball hook swivel in action. Even the quieter ones. I just finished hitting on a Everlast Plastic Ball w S-Hook 2 minutes ago. Hardly any sound out of it, but what sound there was from it, is so sweet.

      Yes. Video Please. Nice creation.

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      • #4
        Niceā€¦ I like you were able to use existing stuff that was headed for a scrap yard. Post this baby in action!

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        • #5
          I'd like to see this in action too - very interested in making one of these myself
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          • #6
            Thanks all for the feedback,

            I will shoot a video once I get my NOS Ringside bags (they are in their way); since my BBE bag is lopsided

            Thanks again

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            • #7
              A question. I don't see how you put a bag on this without adding a clip-on hook to the bottom of it. If that isn't what you are supposed to do than what are you supposed to do?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gozzee View Post
                A question. I don't see how you put a bag on this without adding a clip-on hook to the bottom of it. If that isn't what you are supposed to do than what are you supposed to do?
                I have added an S-Hook, as shown in the attached pictures
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                Last edited by questionare; 03-12-2012, 03:27 PM. Reason: Adding pictures

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                • #9
                  Somehow I missed this thread. Interesting!

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                  • #10
                    Great idea, thinking outside the box, I too also work in the motor trade so the next time I replace said part ill try this idea

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by questionare View Post
                      Thanks all for the feedback,

                      I will shoot a video once I get my NOS Ringside bags (they are in their way); since my BBE bag is lopsided

                      Thanks again
                      Nice swivel, can't wait to see it in action. So where do you get NOS ringside bags? I would like to get one. Thanks

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                      • #12
                        I have been repairing cars building HotRods, Racecars and maintaining and restoring antique cars, mostly sports cars from every continent on the planet for forty years Using automotive tie rod ends to make a swivel is a novel idea but unfortunately it is very unlikely it will work very well Just ask the Arc Man the geometry is fatally flawed and that's just for starters Brand new in the box you can't move them with your bare hands easily when there worn out enough to try to work that creates all the obvious issues

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                        • #13
                          I have never seen this thread before . I am glad I checked it out. Hearing about automotive parts used as swivel is very interesting. Thanks .......don’t care about a Porsche tho.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mickey Dix View Post
                            I have never seen this thread before . I am glad I checked it out. Hearing about automotive parts used as swivel is very interesting. Thanks .......don’t care about a Porsche tho.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pinzpirate View Post
                              I have been repairing cars building HotRods, Racecars and maintaining and restoring antique cars, mostly sports cars from every continent on the planet for forty years Using automotive tie rod ends to make a swivel is a novel idea but unfortunately it is very unlikely it will work very well Just ask the Arc Man the geometry is fatally flawed and that's just for starters Brand new in the box you can't move them with your bare hands easily when there worn out enough to try to work that creates all the obvious issues
                              "I greased it, and it is fast, and don't have a noisy sound"

                              One of you is right and I don't know which one.

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