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Ball Joint Press, Is this a good deal???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TrcksR4ME, Apr 25, 2002.

  1. TrcksR4ME

    TrcksR4ME 1/2 ton status

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    I found this one at Harbor Frieght web site for $25.99<a target="_blank" href=http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=38926>click here</a>

    Would this be worth having in the tool box, havent used a ball joint press but am thinking that is the next thing to add to the tool collection.
     
  2. Calclips

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    If you read the trail packing guide on the main page, it says that Grim carries one with him and loves it. The article says that it makes U-joint and ball joint installation easy. I think I'm gonna get myself one.
     
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    That's not the same one that Grim has. I've got one just like the one he carries and it's made out of some very heavy cast metal. Try doing a search on the Harbor Freight site for an anchor pin press or u-joint tool. It's one heavy-duty tool and does indeed make it a breeze to swap a u-joint. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
  4. StonerK5

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    I have that exact tool, and it works great, only done u-joints with it though, haven't got around to tackling the ball-joints
     
  5. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    You don't want that, it's junk. I've got one like Grim's, it's much better.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://ww2.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=38335>Here</a> is the one you want, item 38335-0VGA
     
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    I saw one for sale similar to the 38338-0VGA out at TDS. Can't remember the name, but was also solid contruction.
     
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    What's the diff between that one and <a target="_blank" href=http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43744> this one </a>? ... besides $60.
    Also isn't a special socket required ... like the one mentioned in ftn's write-up? And where could we find that?
     
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    $60!!!! I got the exact same tool from HF for $18.00, it was on sale. Its called the 3 in 1 somethin? Haven't used them on ball joints but they make changing Ujoints a breeze. 60 bones is just too much.
     
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    The 3 in 1 that was posted (part #38335-0VGA) goes for $40 and the link I posted goes for $100, but they look the same, both from Harbor Freight. I was litterally just about ready to head down there to pick one up.
     
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    I also got the one I posted from the local HF for less than $20 on a sale. I have no idea about the expensive one. Looks (and described) to be exactly the same...
     

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