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Ball joint install procedure?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by toy4x4runner, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. toy4x4runner

    toy4x4runner 1/2 ton status

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    What's the "right" way to install ball joints on the D44? the instructions that came with my Moog ball joints say:
    -torque lower bj to 70 ft/lb
    -torque top adjuster to 70 ft/lb
    -torque upper ball joint castle nut to 100 ft/lb & install pin.

    Is that the best way to do it? I don't wanna have another ball joint mis-hap again.
     
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    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    I did mine just the same except my adjuster is at 50 ft/lb
     
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    parts mike has a "how to" install D44 knuckles and he says to do the same thing pretty much except for final torque.... the lower to 140#. that's double what Moog specifies.
     
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    yeah that WAY to much for the lower

    70 and 100 are correct
     
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    Ok, so 70# for the lower. 50-70# for the adjuster. And 100# for the top.

    The Moog Ball joints seem to be very high quality and nice. they come with EXCELLENT DIRECTIONS, Grease fittings/plugs... everything. Much better than spicer just giving you the part in a empty box. That instruction sheet is where its at. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Im installing ball joints soon too. Any idea where I can get the adjuster tool?
     
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    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    moog is one of the best you can get these days.
     
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    you can get the adjusting tool at Advance Auto I think in the tool aiel by the 4WD spindle nut socket. if not, Parts Mike has them. $10 is the going rate.
     
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    are you talking the hub nut tool? i think he wants the ball joint upper pre load adjuster tool socket. much smaller size than the hub nut tool.
     
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    Yeah, the preload thingy
     
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    yeah, the upper ball joint adjuster tool. I'm pretty sure they sell it at advance auto by the Hub tool.
     

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