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Old October 27th, 2006, 11:44 AM
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Rear A-arm Ball Joint ?'s

... finally needs to be replaced.

Oh, this is the '94 slightly lifted Disco - u-jointed rear propshaft -
Rovertracks trailing links.

Not wanting to fight with removing the old ball joint from its "holder",
I've had both pieces sitting on the shelf for some time now.

The ball joint seems to be a significant interference fit with the holder.
I'm a little nervous to press / whack it in, so I'm thinking that the holder
needs to sit in the oven for an hour or so and then slip the ball joint in.

Next question is alignment ... I'm planning a stop at the hardware store on
the way home to get a pair of longer bolts (with the heads cut off) to act
as guides for the ball joint and a pair of shorter permanent replacements
just to hold the thing in place.

The only ones that I have in my current inventory that fit say "8.8" on
the heads. I don't see a reference to the appropriate fastener in the FSM.
Is that a satisfactory replacement?


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Old October 27th, 2006, 06:11 PM
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I think the factory uses 8.8s with a reduced size head (10mm). I think you need to press the joint in place. If you look at the body of the new joint it has shallow splines that swedge in place when you press them together. I don't think they will just drop together if you heat the holder. The bolts are there for insurance...the press fit holds it together.
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Old October 27th, 2006, 07:19 PM
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Thanks Rob, I'll give it a whirl and report back
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Old October 28th, 2006, 12:13 PM
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YOu have to press fit it. I have done 2 of them and you can not use long bolts to tighten it down.. YOu can use them to guide it down though.
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Old October 28th, 2006, 07:56 PM
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Thanks guys, I pressed it together this afternon ... man, that thing always makes me as nervous as a cat !

When it was close to being seated, it slowed in its progress ... I'd put some pressure on it and tap the sides with a small brass hammer. It crept together nicely!

Other household duties took over this afternoon so I'll work on the remove & replace tomorrow ... good thing we'll have an "extra" hour tomorrow

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Old October 28th, 2006, 08:18 PM
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did you take the entire "a frame" out? Was it hard to get back into postion?
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Old October 28th, 2006, 08:52 PM
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Nooo, that's the fun part waiting for e tomorrow

I had a new u-joint and new holder. Just one less thing to fight with.
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Old October 28th, 2006, 10:05 PM
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i have been contemplating this repair and it seems the only way to get it done is to take the entire a a frame out. I am doing to do it when I replace my suspension this year........
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Old October 29th, 2006, 08:01 AM
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Removing the whole thing is the easiest way to do the job. Remove the A- Arm Brackets from the frame, much easier than turning those big bolts out of the upper joints and driving them out under the car. An impact wrench (air kind) and lots of PB blaster is a big help. Depending on where your car has lived you may find the bolts that hold the fulcrum piece (part that holds the ball joint) siezed in. In this case rather than bore them out with 50-100$ worth of drill bits (we did it this way once) cut the heads off the bolts and pry the A-Arms off the fulcrum with a pry bar and a 4 lb hammer. Buy a NEW fulcrum piece for 50-70$ and put it all back together. I usually take the time to clean and paint everything while it is out. If you are running a lifted truck it is a good time to put in a RTE Ball joint spacer to correct the geometry of the A-Arm. The whole thing goes back in nicely, pre assemble the whole thing on the bench and put it back in reverse order.

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Old October 29th, 2006, 10:54 AM
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is the RTE spacer suggested for a ~2" lift?
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What size is the nut that holds the ball joint to the axle housing?
I want to stop and pick up a wrench on the way home tonight.



edit: found it 30mm. Need to do a beeter job searching next time
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