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Offline bigmac

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ball joints
« on: March 23, 2007, 12:03:22 PM »
I am swaping my front steering knucles with a set from a 83 ramcharger I am trying to get the adjusting nut out of the top ball joint is there a special tool for this and where do i get one or is there another way to get it out

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Re: ball joints
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2007, 06:13:31 PM »
Snap-On part #S9613 http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?search=true&item_ID=12144&PartNo=s9613&group_id=1630&supersede=&store=snapon-store&tool=all

There is no better way to do it and no real substitute. You MIGHT be able to get the old ones out with a hammer and screwdriver just slowly and gently knocking it so it will turn in the hole but you could NEVER get it adjusted the right amount to reinstall the joint without this tool. I have broken 3 of these things over the years getting it torqued right.

Don't get the cheap(er) "Improved" joints. They have a plastic liner to make them move easier. This wears out quickly (a year or two with 35's). The heavy duty units are twice the price but last 4 times as long. BTDT

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Re: ball joints
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2007, 01:51:44 PM »
i ordered the tool but can i leave the old ones in there because they are already set or do i need to use the new ones that came with the ball joints

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Re: ball joints
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2007, 09:33:16 AM »
The setting will change with the new joints. The old ones will most likely break if you try to adjust them. It's best to replace them with the joints. Sorry, no easy way around that one.

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Re: ball joints
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2007, 10:43:51 AM »
is there a standard setting or do i need to count threads??