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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
Live4Jeeps
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Ball Joints will be the death of me!!!

For the life of me I can not remove my lower ball joints! The uppers both came out fine but no matter what I do I can't budge the lowers! I'm using the ball joint press from oreillys but they arent moving. The problem is the cups that came in the kit are either too small or just barely too big and slip up the side while cranking. Does this make sense to anyone and can anybody provide me with some insight? If not, I'll just swap out the uppers with my new spicers because none of them are bad I'm just upgrading because they're stock from 2001

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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
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Ball joints from O'Reilly? Wow, you have really deep pockets. If you can't install the new joint then it's probably the wrong fit. I would pick up the cheap Mevotech replacement and be done with it.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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No no no haha I bought spicer ball joints from eastcoastgearsupply I'm only renting the removal kit from oreillys haha. And by the way I got them out with a little bit of ginger rage. Being a red head comes in handy sometimes!
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Unread 07-21-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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Well the good news is it doesn't require much effort to remove the ball joints but it takes a soul to install a new one. I think you might need some outside help there. (゙゚'ω゚')
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Unread 07-21-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Yea the whole not having a soul thing is my downfall haha
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Unread 07-23-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
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a impact is the world of difference. the consistent "Bang"ing of the impact creates a vibration and force that typically just makes them walk right out and in...
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Unread 07-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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removing the old? Just a BAH, You shouldn't care about the condition that they will be in when you throw them away. A torch to the pin then cooling it with break free, panther pee or whatever penetrating oil you like works too. Try to stay away from heating the knuckle too much though because even though it shouldn't effect it, why take the chance.
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