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post #16 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Coastaljag98 View Post
Haven't had to do the Jeep yet and its a 95. Hopefully it's not as bad as the 98 Jaguar I have. We had to use a torch and heat them and use the cutting torch to cut them out as the press just pushed thru the center and left the rest!!! I hope I NEVER have to do that again!
sounds like you had a bad experience lol.

I pressed my lowers in, and beat the uppers in, the press wasn't working right for the uppers for some reason...they were a bit of a bugger to get out though i will say that....lots of pressure from the press and a hammer lol

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post #17 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 05:06 PM
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Jeeps need the offset balljoint adapter to get them in straight I think. On my list, and I bought the HF press but bought a set of 4WD adapters to go with it. The main one is a wedge shape. Don't expect much from the HF press but if it works for 4 BJ's it can explode after that.

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lol...if life is as a simple as a 5.9 making you happy, I'd say go ahead and buy it on impulse. ZJs are the way of Zen. Wax on, wax off
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post #18 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 05:59 PM
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i rented a ball joint press and it didn't work. These were pains in the ***.
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post #19 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 06:28 PM
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I bought the OTC Ball Joint Press when I did my ball joints. They were pretty well seized in at 200k miles, took me about 13 hours to do all 4. However if I had to do it again right now, probably do it in about 4.
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post #20 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 07:19 PM
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you need the full 4wd service kit. the big box of stuff.
otherwise you'll be hammering away like these guys.
and hammering on the ball joints doesn't get them seated right and 99% of the time destroys the body or bends the c.

'97 zj 5.2, some stuff, some other suff, and some things that even work sometimes.

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post #21 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 07:58 PM
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Ya, you definitely don't want to pound a way on the ball joints with a hammer. its pretty much going to make you hate the job even more. Get the press, enjoy life (plus, as soon as you buy it, you're almost guaranteed to know someone is going to say they need it)
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