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post #1 of 5 Old 07-19-2017, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ball Joint Installation Adapter Tool

Hey guys,

I've recently been troubleshooting a death wobble issue ('02 grand cherokee laredo 4.0l) and ball joints are next on my list. I've already replaced all 4 tie rod ends and have a new track bar being shipped.

However, i'm having an issue replacing the upper ball joint into each knuckle. Apparently, Jeep WJ's have angled upper knuckles. Therefore, most ball joint insertion kits will NOT work correctly for installation purposes because all of the sleeves are straight and none of them have the slight angle. If possible, I'd rather not order the $80 tool (OTC-784).

Do you guys have any solutions? Can i mimic the angled insertion sleeve without having to order the part? Thanks for the help.

TLDR: Ball joint insertion tool that's specific to WJ's is expensive, any solution without buying the tool? I doubt they're rentable from most places. Thanks.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-19-2017, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Adapter tool number is actually OTC-7894, not as mentioned above.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-19-2017, 11:09 PM
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WJ's and ZJ's are the same in having an angled knuckle surface. Some just use washers to bring the non-beveled ball joint adapter tool in line.

I went a step further and took about a 2"x 1"x 1/8" piece of steel and cut a slight curved notch (new moon shape) out of it. It worked fine and the outer edge of the adapter rested right on it while keeping it straight. Good luck.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-20-2017, 03:54 AM
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My top ones went in easy with a suitable sized socket and 3 jaw puller
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-21-2017, 10:30 AM
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I just used a washer also to offset the adapter. I just gave the top a few taps with a mallet to start it going in straight.

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