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Old January 31st, 2014, 10:24 AM
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A-Frame Ball joint "installed"

Who sells the rear "a-frame" balljoint already pressed into the housing? two bolts is much easier than removing it pressing the old one out etc. Thanks.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 10:31 AM
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Lucky8 I believe...there was a recent thread on this. Someone else was doing research on it also...
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Old January 31st, 2014, 10:53 AM
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Everyone does. It is a normal LR part number.

It sounds easier as long as those bolts come out. I had a friend try that route and found the bolts rusted in solid. You need to press the chassis bushes, so I never see the problem getting the joint pressed at the same time.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:08 AM
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Everyone does. It is a normal LR part number.

It sounds easier as long as those bolts come out. I had a friend try that route and found the bolts rusted in solid. You need to press the chassis bushes, so I never see the problem getting the joint pressed at the same time.
Exactly. Those two long bolts that run through the arms were seized up completely. I had to heat the whole thing cherry red and press the bolts out. The actual ball joint was a piece of cake by comparison.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:19 AM
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The two long ones that hold the arms to the cast part the ball joint sits in.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:41 AM
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The two long ones that hold the arms to the cast part the ball joint sits in.

this, I want the joint pressed in ready to install. I can swap that in 30 or so minutes vs hours.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:45 AM
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Yes, we understand.... The point is that it is common for those bolts to become one with the assembly. You then are stuck with a much bigger job than taking the arm to someone with a press. I would suggest first going out, loosen the bolts and see if you can make them spin.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:49 AM
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Ive replaced this particular ball joint before., Ive replaced a total of four in various trucks over the years. It is never fun even with a press and a torch.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 12:39 PM
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Exactly. Those two long bolts that run through the arms were seized up completely. I had to heat the whole thing cherry red and press the bolts out. The actual ball joint was a piece of cake by comparison.
I just did mine. The long bolts were completely seized. I was finally able press them out after soaking in pb blaster and heat. Not fun but doable.
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I just did mine. The long bolts were completely seized. I was finally able press them out after soaking in pb blaster and heat. Not fun but doable.
I just did it too when I rebuilt my suspension. Time, PB Blaster, Heat, a Press, an Air Hammer and BF Sledge and I finally wrestled those two damn bolts out. Like others said, the Ball Joint was a Piece of Cake after getting those free!
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Well, I just replaced the a-arm ball joint on my '93 LWB.
I had dropped the gas tank so it was easy access...
The big nut came right off with my $10 30mm Husky wrench from Home Depot.
The first cross bolt came out with some persuasion and plenty of Kroil.
The last cross bolt...put up a fight.
Pounding, beating, cursing, soaking....letting it sit overnight...
Finally it's out.

Let happy hour begin...


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