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Unread 03-10-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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Any good write ups on installing ball joints

Okay i searched the forum and i searched google but couldnt find any good in detail write ups i found one write up that i can use but there is some stuff it leaves out and i like to have everything organized and know what im doing before i pull junk apart. So with that could someone post up a link to a good writeup on how to install ball joints.

Some of the questions i have that have verried from site to site are these

#1. one site said you need to drain the diff... why the crap do you need to do that???

#2. to remove the passenger side you dont have to deal with the c clip in the diff but you do have to remove the vacume disco and the shifter fork in there.

#3 I heard if you remove the vacuum disco that when you go to put it back on you have to have a new gasket rvt and its important to pour a little bit of gear oil in there.

#4 i heard you have to make sure that the outer shaft and the inner shaft on the passenger side need to go back in the same way they came out to insure they keep wearing the same???

#5 i heard if you pull the driver side shaft out you can mess up the inner seal and then have to replace that which isnt a biggie. because when i install the aussie i can deal with that but how true is that statement.

So if you guys could post up some links and answer some of my questions above that would be awesome.

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Try this link. http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ball...alljoint-1.htm

You'll find that to do this job, you have to remove axles--to remove the D30 axle shafts, C clip version, you remove diff cover, drain the lube etc to pull out the cross pin that will allow you to remove C clip to pull axle.
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Some of the questions i have that have verried from site to site are these

#1. one site said you need to drain the diff... why the crap do you need to do that???

#2. to remove the passenger side you dont have to deal with the c clip in the diff but you do have to remove the vacume disco and the shifter fork in there.

#3 I heard if you remove the vacuum disco that when you go to put it back on you have to have a new gasket rvt and its important to pour a little bit of gear oil in there.

#4 i heard you have to make sure that the outer shaft and the inner shaft on the passenger side need to go back in the same way they came out to insure they keep wearing the same???

#5 i heard if you pull the driver side shaft out you can mess up the inner seal and then have to replace that which isnt a biggie. because when i install the aussie i can deal with that but how true is that statement.

So if you guys could post up some links and answer some of my questions above that would be awesome.
1) Probabally because in a HP axle the fluid line is above the bottom of the seals. So when you pull the shaft out, you'll get gear oil in the tubes. I don't drain the diff, but I do check the level when all done. Don't care about a little oil draining out.

2) you do to get it reinstalled. To take it apart you just pull the shaft out

3) You need to rtv or gasket the disconnect so it doesn't leak. Never heard of dumping oil in there, there is no outter seal.

4) huh? The outter and inner are in a different position everytime you connect the disconnect.

5) More likely to mess up the seal putting the shaft back in.
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Try this link. http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ball...alljoint-1.htm

You'll find that to do this job, you have to remove axles--to remove the D30 axle shafts, C clip version, you remove diff cover, drain the lube etc to pull out the cross pin that will allow you to remove C clip to pull axle.
Why would you pull the inner on the disconnect side to replace the ball joints?
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yea i was wondering the same thing because in theory when you remove the vacuum disco the shifter fork releases and you can pull the outer shaft out correct but i will have to remove the c-clip on the drivers side to remove that shaft
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yea i was wondering the same thing because in theory when you remove the vacuum disco the shifter fork releases and you can pull the outer shaft out correct but i will have to remove the c-clip on the drivers side to remove that shaft
You can actually pull the outter half out without removing the vac disconnect. Might even be able to install the shaft again without removing the disconnect.

As for the c-clip, there may or may not be one. My 94 shaft wasn't even machined for a c-clip.
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lol okay so basicly i just need to remove everything and see if i can pull the shafts if i cant then i need to open the diff drain it remove the c clip pull that shaft and then on the other side pull the vacuum motor ugh this is sounding way complicated and overwhelming me lol
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ha ha! I just did this last week. Wish I would have taken pictures along the way, but I'm not one of those guys. I don't like getting grease on my $200 digital camera.

Anyway, to me its not one of those jobs you can get done in an afternoon. Luckily I have a 2nd vehicle and worked at my own pace. Took me a couple days, but I don't know how exactly how much time. PM me if you have any trouble and I can help you out since its fresh in my mind.
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yea im not pressed for time which is a good thing im gonna start soaking everything with pb blaster tonight and hope to get to it on sunday or next weekend the main thing holding me up on both projects (the aussie and the ball joints) is opening up that diff that thing scares the crap out of me there is just so much in there to screw up and empty your wallet ya know
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