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ball joint replacement

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beefjerky, Aug 22, 2001.

  1. beefjerky

    beefjerky Registered Member

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    my 86 k5 blazer needs new ball joints. is this something i can attempt in my garage? if so, any helpful hints and suggestions would be great. thanks
     
  2. ftn96

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    I have a write up I can E-mail you tomorrow. You just need to PM me tomorrow if you can and remind me.

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  3. MudTruk

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    Replacing ball joints can be very tricky. However, it does not take a lot of technical skill. I replaced them on my old blazer. The hardest part for me was to gain access to a press to press the new ones in. A special socket will be needed to remove the upper ball joint. I got mine from a Snap-on dealer. Just stopped him one day and asked for it. Cost was about $40. I had a hard time finding any place else that even knew what one was. Good luck.

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  4. Pugsley

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    Napa also stocks the ball joint socket - same quality as Matco for far less money.

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  5. Triaged

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    As the others have said you need the special socket (I coulden't find one so I made one) and to press out/in the balljoints. You also need a 1-5/16" socket (if the castle nut size is the same as my D44).

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     
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    Yep, the 10 bolt requires the 1 5/16 socket as well.

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