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Old April 12th, 2013, 03:49 AM
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Hmmm, this would have been a big help!

http://www.island-4x4.co.uk/steering...25-p-7073.html

and this tool wold definitely do the job, bit pricey though.

http://www.hnjengineering.co.uk/page...nj7000000.html

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Probably a horrible idea but why not loosen the big nut and drive a few miles?
Knowing my luck it would fall off at the most inopportune time, causing crashes, death, destruction and the associated grief that accompanies that sort of thing.

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Because satan himself created the corrosion and force that holds this on ...
Yep. Heat, puller & bashing with an engineers hammer (proper tool no claw hammer used here) to free the thing.
Buying a new drop arm still means you have to get the old one off.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 04:06 AM
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just got to mess with the pre load screw on the top of the box.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 08:31 AM
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Not to start a flame out but I think the disco design with a removable tierod end is a better setup/superior design/ and an easy conversion to make. Just requires a bracket for the steering stabilizer so it can stay in the same place.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Great suggestion, but the ball joint should never be left to get so janky. They're cheap enuf that you can do them every few years. Fortunately I haven't encountered one that was as bad as what mike describes. I woulda thrown that whole shyte in a box and sent it to Meridian, and poached a drop arm from one of you freeks.
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Not to start a flame out but I think the disco design with a removable tierod end is a better setup/superior design/ and an easy conversion to make. Just requires a bracket for the steering stabilizer so it can stay in the same place.
I might be wrong but I think welding steering components is an MOT no no this side of the pond, but agree the disco design is much easier to swap when the ball joint goes.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 09:07 AM
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I might be wrong but I think welding steering components is an MOT no no this side of the pond, but agree the disco design is much easier to swap when the ball joint goes.
No welding, all factory bolt on parts. Just replace drop/pitman arm off steering box and use disco drag link. The steering stabilizer bracket is an aftermarket bolt on.
Just use the smaller bracket and u bolts from a kit similar to this one-this kit is for the oversized "sumo" sold by Gwynn Lewis.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Steering-Dam...#ht_1638wt_677




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Those damper relocation kits(esp the stem-to-stem style) are stupid easy to make. A few bucks at a metal supply shop and a few minutes with an angle grinder and drill and you're good to go.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 11:18 AM
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Good stuff.
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Resurrecting an old thread:

Many moon ago I bought a rebuild kit for the drop arm ball joint. I am finally attempting an in situ rebuild and so far so good. The bottom socket, ball joint, spring all came out as expected. I haven't yet tried to push out the top socket but that looks like it will be a major pain. Maybe just clean up with old one still in the arm and keep on keep on?

What's odd to me is the extra bits that came out along with the ball. The FSM refers to the parts (circle in red) as a retainer- I assume they were once a single piece. My rebuild kit doesn't have this extra retainer and I don't see the part with the pictures of other rebuild kits online. Since I can't understand what this extra retainer is supposed to do, nor do I have a new one, should I just put this thing back together without worrying about this extra bit?

-mike
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Hi Mike,

the retainer is not necessary.

Please have a look at this: http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...5&postcount=17

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Old August 4th, 2014, 10:08 AM
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Danke Kurt!

That tool you've made is really cool and your cosmetic improvements are inspirational. Thanks for the link! I look forward to following more.
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