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Unread 02-16-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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Lower Ball Joint sleeve/spanner

1988 YJ Wrangler

I'm in the process of doing a front-end overhaul. I managed to change out all my ball joints. My lower joints came with a tapered sleeve (spanner?) that goes inside the knuckle and fits onto the lower ball joint. I assume it's an adjustment of some kind - since it has a slit in it and will expand and hold the knuckle when the castle nut is tightened.

My question is: How should this be adjusted? Should I just set it to the same position as the old one - or is there some sort of clearance specification I should follow? The Haynes manual is no help here. I find it interesting the top joint doesn't have that sort of adjustment.

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Unread 02-17-2014, 09:34 AM   #2
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Those are not the stock ones. I dont see any point in using an adjustable ball joint. Take it back and get a stock ball joint.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 11:31 AM   #3
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Well... it appears that it is stock, since the steering knuckle - which is original - has an old one inside it just like it (but rather rusty)
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Unread 02-17-2014, 11:39 AM   #4
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/y...-30-a-1140042/

I understand what you are asking now. No it isnt an adjustable ball joint. The taper gets puleed up inside as you torque it down. Tighten the castle nut to torque spec and you should be ok.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 11:40 AM   #5
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If I remeber correctly the threaded sleeve, thread into the lower portion of the knuckle and the ball joint presses into the sleeve. I don't believe there is really any kind of adjustment that can be made. A special tool is required to replace them, I believe you can pick this up at the local parts store.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 07:48 PM   #6
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Don't know if you still need it but my manual says thread in to a recessed depth of .206 for the split ring. Hope this can help you or someone else that searches it out.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 08:30 PM   #7
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Might want to double check, but the sleeve is typically only needed on early D30. My ball joints came with the sleeves too, but we're not needed for my application on my 92'.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 08:56 PM   #8
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My Dana 44 uses a sleeve like this in the top ball joint.
When I bought Moog ball joints they had the torque specs for the sleeve.
You may want to go to a parts store that carries Moog and see if the instructions have the torque spec.
Oriellys in my area carries Moog.
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Unread 04-04-2014, 06:05 AM   #9
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My Dana 44 uses a sleeve like this in the top ball joint.
When I bought Moog ball joints they had the torque specs for the sleeve.
You may want to go to a parts store that carries Moog and see if the instructions have the torque spec.
Oriellys in my area carries Moog.
Interesting, In the dana 30 set up it would be impossible to set it to a torque spec as it is a threaded through hole that the split ring is threaded into. I finally got the OTC-7894 adapters in the mail yesterday so I serviced the passenger side. I set the depth on the split ring to .206 as the haynes manual stated even though my original was at .246. The preload seemed to be pretty good.
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