post #1 of Old 01-05-2006, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ball Joint replacement on Cherokee

Hi,

I'm a newbie on your site, enquiring for a friend of mine who has a 4.0 Cherokee, he needs to replace the upper & lower balljoints. Could somebody please say what is involved & how easy the job is?, or a link to a 'how to' guide?

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post #2 of Old 01-05-2006, 02:38 PM
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A ball joint press would be beneficial. It's been a while, but I remember some mention of which brand some of the guys on here liked. Might not be bad to have some post reguarding this topic again. I know autozone rents a ball joint press, but I think the quality was a little poor and it had a tendency to bend....and I think the AmPro kit that Advance sells is not the best quality either. Hopefully someone else can give some advice on the tools.

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post #3 of Old 01-05-2006, 02:47 PM
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i would definately invest in a tool, either rent one or buy it, it makes life so much easier, ball joints on xj's aren't hard, the uppers are just a little tricky to get at.

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Go here: http://www.madxj.com/MADXJ/technical/TECHNICAL.htm

Look for the link called "Installing adjustable ball joints". The method is the same for installing regular or adjustable types, and this page shows in great detail how it's done.

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Go here: http://www.madxj.com/MADXJ/technical/TECHNICAL.htm

Look for the link called "Installing adjustable ball joints". The method is the same for installing regular or adjustable types, and this page shows in great detail how it's done.
Cheers M8, just the kind of thing we were looking for, we are thinking of shipping some over from 'MAKO SERVICE' in the US (we're in the UK), do you know what the quality of their parts are like??

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I try to search this forum but there a lot of links to madxj.com which seems to longer exist! Having a hard time not starting new threads for issues like this that threads already exist for!
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Ball joints XJ

Try youtube videos. Make sure you get an alignment after you complete Ball joints install. Probably all day job. Be patient!

Good luck
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post #8 of Old 08-15-2014, 08:50 AM
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Yep, I used the youtube videos as well. It took about 7-8 hours to do all 4, they are a pain to get out and everything has to be lined up perfectly when pressing them back in or they will not go. Popping them out, may want to PB blast them a few days before, as it is a workout.

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This chick made a good video I found on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sH-vAGV2qM
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post #10 of Old 08-15-2014, 09:33 AM
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I did mine in about 8 hours.

It was easier than on other vehicles. But the axle was in the back of my Jeep when I was doing the ball joints. The hard part was keeping the axle from flopping around when I was really yarning on the breaker bar and press.

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If you rent a tool, the parts store I went to had a second kit for 4wd, it basically is just more press cups. They really came in handy. Also I found you can put an impact gun on the mega c clamp once you get them started in straight. It really cut down on the removal and install time! Took me about 3 hours to do 2 the first time I did it. Pretty sure doing it again would be less than an hour per ball joint.
One other note, make sure the side you are doing is as high in the air as you can get it! Cuts down on how much oil gets into the axle shaft and later bleeds out onto your parking spot!

I am currently looking to do it again, this time with beefier ball joints.
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Definitely get as many cups as you can I used almost all of them haha. Harbor freight has a full set . Had to use a breaker bar and a cheater bar to break them free.

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Installation is much easier if you put your ball joints in the freezer the night before.
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post #14 of Old 08-15-2014, 03:26 PM
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Installation is much easier if you put your ball joints in the freezer the night before.
With a splined ball joint it won't help much . Better off greasing it.

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