From 88 onward, Partquip has a ball joint TR05680. Autozonr Stock number POA.TR05680...... But I don't trust Partquip further than I can throw it... Checked with Fredrick at Interspares, but Teknorot does not make anything for the Patrols, absolutely nothing.
I was hoping to do tie rod and draglink over on the Sani that runs the 1980-83 Safari front axle. It seems I am also in a hardplace to find them. No one even has them listed anymore.
I was willing to drop back to the TR05680 ball joint, but it does not fit. It will fit the pitman and taper, but the standard tie rod tube has a M25 bolt size, and the ball joint above has a M21 bolt.
By the way, when I went looking for the ball joint, I just wanted something big and overkill. I browsed the Partquip book and found this ball joint with M21 bolt and said "thats what I want". Had the stock brought in, and only after it arrived, I asked the guys from what car it was. I was pleased to hear it was for the Patrol from 88 onward. The Cruiser only uses a M18. So we see again why the Patrols hold up so much better.
I am now speaking to the guys from Arora Heim joints to see what I can replace everything with, and what the cost will be. He tells me that M21 is already overkill, and M25 is just plane ridiculous. I want to try and get to the situation where I use the same ball joints or Heim joints for both the Tierod and Draglink to ease the amount of spares to carry. I like the "one spare fits all" situation
. I need to build a new draglink and steering pitmans on both ends, either way, so thats cool, I was just not bargaining on having to build a new Tierod as well.