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Harbor Freight ball joint press

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1987Chevy, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. 1987Chevy

    1987Chevy Registered Member

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    Sorry for not searching but im to lazy too.:D They got the one in the gray case and the one in the red case and I remeber people saying one is better than the other but I cant remeber which one is better :doah: . Any info would be greatly appriciated
     
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    unclematty 1/2 ton status

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    Don't bother with either they'll both break! my snap on has never let me down after 12 years of hardcore beating!
     
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    Jonny-K5 1/2 ton status

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    how much is your snap on one? i bought one from HF. they had one for 30, and one for 80. i got the 80$ one, came in a grey case. installed 4 balljoints with it. when i was finished i noticed a hairline crack. for the average joe you'd probly only need it once every 4-5 yrs. if thats the case i think it'd be alot cheaper to buy the 30 one, and figure its a onetime use only. that snapon one is probly 300 or more right?
     
  4. ascuro

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    I have the cheaper ($30) Harbor Freight job too, and it's pretty soft - if you're gonna go that route, I'd recommend just having a shop press your joints out and in for you instead. I ended up having a shop remove one of my joints, and install all four (for fear of damaging them with the required hammering), and they charged me something like 12 bucks per side (so $24 total). In retrospect, I should've just picked up another vice to replace my broke old one...

    I had a similar experience with the cheaper ball joint adjusters available - managed to break two cheapies before picking up a snap-on, which is rock solid.
     
  5. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    The red case is passably good. The gray case is crap.

    -- A
     
  6. 1987Chevy

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    Thanks for the replys
     

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