The uniball tool comes in kit form or is also sold separately. Author: Craig Perronne Photos: Craig Perronne
While uniballs, also known as spherical bearings, used to be thought of as exotic and only reserved for upper-end race machinery, they are increasingly becoming more common across the Dirt Sports Nation. Almost every long-travel suspension system features a plethora of them and they are even regularly showing up on less involved suspension components such as upper A-arms. Of course, uniballs are also now found on pretty much every racecar that hits the dirt. All of this is for good reason, as uniballs are extremely stout and adept at surviving the brutal punishment that off-road racing produces while still meeting the misalignment needs of a particular application. A ball joint or bushing can also allow for odd angles, but both come nowhere near the strength of a uniball and will easily be destroyed by hard or even moderate off-road use. Like any wear item though, uniballs eventually need to be replaced, and this is where one of the downsides of their design rears its ugly head: without the right tools they can be a pain to remove. Usually the best way is to push the uniballs out in a press, but this involves removing the whole suspension assembly (or whatever the uniball is fitted to) so that it can be put into the press. Not always an easy affair for most, and definitely a time consuming ordeal. The other way to remove one is to find the right size socket and beat on it with a hammer until it submits. Usually this involves lots of swearing, sweating and a smashed finger or two, along with the occasional trip to the emergency room.
Uniball tools are available for 1-inch or 1.5-inch uniballs. Thankfully, the folks at All German Motorsports decided to focus on making removing uniballs a much easier affair and came up with the unique tool seen here. Instead of beating out the uniball, the tool simply clamps onto the spherical bearing and presses it out while being operated by the appropriate wrench or socket. Better yet is that, with its compact size, the whole suspension assembly no longer has to be removed, making for much quicker repairs and easier fixes on the side of a racecourse. And, it is made of high-strength steel, meaning that it can be used over and over without wear or failure. All German Motorsports’ uniball tool is sold individually or can be had in a kit form complete with snap ring pliers, a pick, emery cloth and a spare snap ring. The kit also comes in a handy carry case that is perfect for tossing into a chase truck. Pricing starts at $149.50 and it is available for either 1-inch or 1.5-inch uniballs.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION All German Motorsports (760) 738-4626 www.allgermanmotorsports.com