We identify the restored steering rods, tips and ball joints, offered as new Belebeyevsky LLC "Avtokomplekt" - the adjacent VAZ.

Maxim Sachkov

The most common fakes “under Belebey” are ordinary (unreinforced, sometimes called jellied) ball bearings and steering tips for “Lada” and “Samar”. Reinforced supports are difficult to sort out, because there are practically no fakes. There are rarely “left” steering tie rod ends of the VAZ 2110 - there are probably few “blanks” to recover. What are the special signs of fakes?

Here, for example, is the "Zhiguli" lower ball joint. First of all, a black ceramic-metal bearing (indicated by the arrow in photo 1) issues a fake; the hemisphere is bright for the original parts. Cork "leftist" - white, made very messy; at the factory, the plug is painted in the same color as the body (photo 2).

We pass to the upper support. The fake ball was machined on a lathe - ring paths from the cutter are visible even on the sphere. At the factory, this hinge element is made by cold stamping - the “native” finger should be smooth. The fillet (the transition from the ball to the rod) according to Belebeyev’s technology is being charted - a shiny band surrounds the finger. You will not find it on a fake (photo 3). We turn the supports over: take a closer look, the cases of the original and copies differ in color - the fake is darker (photo 4). The letters "BA", identifying the manufacturer, are applied in different ways on the factory assembly and its imitation.

Next in line are the tie rod ends of the Lada. The main distinguishing feature of fakes is the stamp on the housing cover. Please note: brand logos on factory tips and ball joints vary. Garage products, on the contrary, are marked the same way, however, the Rosstandart badge is missing on the steering parts (photo 5). Probably, making fakes, artisans simply tinted the old parts … and gave themselves out as paint on the thread. At the factory, it is cut after coloring the tip (photo 6). The same applies to the seat of the protective cap - for an independent examination, ask the seller to remove the rubber boot (it is planted quite tightly). By the way, here you will see another difference - the moved hinges are usually dry, and the factory ones are plentifully filled with grease.

The last instance is the steering tip of the Samara. All of the above about similar fakes for "Lada" applies to this fake. The only addition: take a look at how the rubber boot is fixed. A special wire is used at the factory for this purpose, and rubber rings can be put in garages (photo 7).