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Unread 09-13-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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84 CJ Ball joint question

just installed a new set of moog ball joint set everything to spec except split ring torque to 45 in stead of 50Lb how stiff should the knuckels be they are stiff but still moveable, not a one had job but not straining with two hands. Is this normal? will I have problems returning in a corner. it did not return before hopeing new ball joints will take care of this.. Thanks everyone

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Unread 09-14-2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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Sounds normal with new balljoints.
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Unread 09-14-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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so run it?

so run it and re check?
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Unread 09-14-2009, 08:02 PM   #4
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Why didn't you set the preload to 50 ft lbs?

You said it didn't return to center... It could help but did you change the suspension in any way?
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The 50lb preload is used to stretch the metal not control how stiff the joint appears. If you don't preload the joint during installation the metal will stretch later and leave you with a lot of slop. Preloading suspension components is the same a torquing a head bolt; steel stretches up to a point and it's that point you need to get to for a fatigue free joint.
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at 50 pounds on the split nut the ball joints were not movable with out two men and a boy. did research and sugestion was to go to 45 lb to help with return to center after a turn
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the jeep has a 4 inch lift with caster reset to 6 degrease has the more HD box mount and cross brace will soon have currie HD tye rod's and ends going to Micky thompson 8x15 classic rims and BF 33x10.5x15 KM@ tires
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Unread 09-15-2009, 06:20 AM   #8
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I know this is a silly question,

But did you torque the bottom ball stud FIRST? before you put the split ring in and torque it?

The bottom has to be done FIRST,
Torque to about 75 Ft.Lb.
Then the split ring to about 50 Ft.Lb.,
Then the top nut to about 100 Ft. Lb.

If you don't do torque the bottom first, you will have all kinds of problems...
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Did you grease the ball studs yet?
Adding grease often makes them MUCH easer to work with.

Mine were Moog, and VERY stiff when first installed, but they seated in just a mile or two and work PERFECTLY now.
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Unread 09-15-2009, 07:53 AM   #9
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at 50 pounds on the split nut the ball joints were not movable with out two men and a boy. did research and sugestion was to go to 45 lb to help with return to center after a turn
I've read the same thing. Something about a Jeep (dealer) mechanic remembered wandering until they started to torque to 45. Too much preload is a bad thing too.
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