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1. (WO2018160608) SOCKET ASSEMBLY

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/160608    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/020068
Publication Date: Sat Sep 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Mar 01 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: F16C 11/08
Inventors: ENGLEBRIGHT, Seth, Wayne
DOHERTY, Donald, Richard
The socket assembly includes a housing that presents an inner wall which surrounds an open bore. A stud is partially received in the open bore with a bearing interposed between the inner wall and the stud. The bearing has a bearing piece, which is in surface-to-surface contact with the stud, and a preload piece which is elastically compressed to impart a biasing force on the bearing piece, thereby preloading the bearing piece against the stud. The preload piece is in an overmolded engagement with the bearing piece to securely couple these pieces together such that the bearing can be inserted into the open bore of the housing together as a unit. The bearing and preload pieces are made of different materials with different elasticities.