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Old 01-31-2006, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Changin ball joints....

Hey guys, fixin to change the ball joints on my 10 bolt this weekend, does a standard shop press remove them, or is there a special fixture required in conjunction with the press to remove them? The help is appreciated.
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I used one of these and it can be done with or without an air hammer



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LISLE Pickle Fork Kit #41500

Made In USA
For Separating Ball Joints Tie Rods Pitman Arms and Other Uses.
Six tools in one for exceptional versatility and value.
Kit consists of three forks and two handles; one for hammering the other for use with an air hammer (.401" shank).
All forks are threaded to interchange with either handle.
Forks are heavy-duty forgings handles are heat-treated alloy steel.

Price: $45.36
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Old 02-01-2006, 04:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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bfh works pretty good.
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i user a bfh...and if i have to pickle fork them...but usually dont...

just hammer down
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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do you have an air gun? You could get the ball joint tool that hooks in with your air gun. If you are changing them often then it oculd be a good investment.
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are you talkin bout off the housing or off the knuckle

Housing i just use a bfh or pickle fork

Knuckles i just use www.harborfreight.com item # 4065-0vga 4x4 ball joint service tool.

removes and installs easy
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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and remember to put the upper in first.
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and remember to put the upper in first.
you must haveseen me cuss the first time i did that!
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I understand about removing the knuckle from the axle and separating the balls joints using a pickle fork, what I was wanting to know is once the knuckle is removed from the axle, with the ball joints still attached, are they removed from the knuckle with a standard shop press or is there some kind of tool required to remove them in conjunction with the shop press?
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Old 02-02-2006, 03:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I use my shop press for one side and my porta power for the other
I can't recall why.

http://www3.telus.net/mjmillar/4x4/dana44balljoints/
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Old 02-04-2006, 05:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Here is a link to a write up on how to change them.

http://nashvillek5.freeservers.com/balljoints.htm

When I changed mine, the first side I took to a machine shop to do b/c they were rusted in. Cost me $10 for him to replace both top and bottom. For the other side I did myself with a ball joint press I got from harbor freight and a impact wrench. Dont forget that you need a special socket to put the adjesting ring in the top ball joint. You can buy one or make your own out of an old socket.

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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=4065

Adjester socket
http://www.partsmikeparts.com/ball_j...uster_tool.htm
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http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....re&dir=catalog
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last I looked snap on discontinued the spanner
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my spanner is an otc part # and of course i forgot it but the snap on spanner socket sucks because they crack often. The otc part is hex so you stick a socket on the tool instead of using a 1/2 drive. I dont know why but this part has lasted longer then the snap on. The snap on socket is chrome and the otc is black. btw, you dont need a spanner socket for disassembly of knuckle which is what the question was.
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:03 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Cool, okay, the question was answered. I see what I need to do and thanks for the help guys.
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