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Unread 03-27-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Ball Joint Removal / Installation CORRECT Tool?

I searched everywhere and could not find a definitive answer.

There are a lot of ball joint write ups but I do not feel like any of them mention which removal / install tool they are using.

I understand the correct ball joint press for the application has to have special angled adapters in order to press them in straight.

The POS rentals from the local parts store are definitely not adequate.

Anyone have any advice? part numbers at least?

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Unread 03-27-2014, 05:54 PM   #2
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The press from the local parts store works fine for me. What are you having trouble with?

This guy has a three video process on how to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EMBVkCLpo0
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Unread 03-27-2014, 05:59 PM   #3
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Ball joints can be done without the Chrysler/Jeep adapters, but the adapters do make the job faster and less frustrating.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 08:08 PM   #4
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The press from the local parts store works fine for me. What are you having trouble with?

This guy has a three video process on how to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EMBVkCLpo0
Part 2 @ 9:00

Notice his wide variety of ball joint adapters.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 08:20 PM   #5
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Didn't even notice.

I just rented the ball joint press (has 3-4 different "cups" and 3-4 different bases) and had no problems with alignment when installing. They go in pretty easy if you clean/grease the knuckle. I just used a 1/2" ratchet with a cheater bar and had no issues.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 10:32 PM   #6
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if you have any lift on your zj you could look into adjustable ball joints ... they give you a bit more adjustment on top of the adjustment in the arms w the cam bolt ....
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Unread 03-28-2014, 12:06 AM   #7
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I just did mine last week. Rented the press AutoZone had. It worked ok. I did have to fangle the cup for the lower BJ removal, the cup was pinching between the knuckle and the ball joint. If the cup was notched it woulda been a lot easier. Imho.. I think some cups come that way.
I guess what I'm saying is if I could find a adapter set that had those for $20/30 bucks I would buy them and then rent the kit from your parts store..
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Unread 03-28-2014, 12:38 AM   #8
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I've used this clamp with various adapters. Don't forget to wear eye protection.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/oe...FUWVfgodkmEAwg
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Unread 03-28-2014, 03:55 AM   #9
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This might help. Balljoints start at post4.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/c...build-1518536/
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Unread 03-28-2014, 05:59 AM   #10
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I recommend the OTC press with D30 adapters. I've seen many guys screw up their outer C's because they were not using the proper adapters.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 08:40 AM   #11
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I just did mine recently with the tool from O'reilly. Had to improvise a bit to accomodate the angle (used the edge of a washer to fill the gap) but got it done none the less. And I'm still learning as I go on this diy repair stuff. Between JF and youtube, you can do it!
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