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Help!!! Stock Steering arm Removal

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jekquistk5, Jul 3, 2004.

  1. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Hey guys today is the big day, atleast for me im installing a new TC 6" lift with the drop steering arm. The thing is i cant get the damn stock one off. I have WD' the hell out of it, Hit it with a sledge a few times, still no luck. I know if i use heat ill toast my ball joints, any tips to get this damn thing off!
     
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    big hammer,few swear words and a cold beer should do the trick /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif hit it up and down and from the side and it should pop right off.
     
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    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks ill give it a try, oh and on beer number 3
     
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    pb blaster, soak, resoak, smack it a few times on the back of the arm forward, use pliers to grab the conical washers and try to thread them off/out, then smack the arm from the back a few more times.
     
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    The best way I found was to start soaking it the week before. Then the day od the swap.. Loosen the nuts about half way.. Frive around the block slowly.. It will come off by the second hit... /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    done that didn't work for me /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif Damn rust /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    Gotta look where he's from...California.

    Here in the rustbelt, steering arms are MAJOR pain-in-the-asses.

    jekquistk5 - search "the garage" for rustbelt steering arm ...this was discussed no more than a week or two ago.
     
  8. 88Silverado

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    On the top of the arm, toward the draglink, theres some numbers stamped on the upper surface.

    Take a BFH and hit it a couple times right on those numbers and the cones should pop up. Took 3 hits to remove mine.
     
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    Too much salt on mine. I pounded untill I couldn't lift the &*(kin' sledge off the floor. Gave up... I just don't hold the wheel to tight when hitting the brakes or running down a bumpy trail.
    I'll wait for another cold day to start swingin' that BFH again.
    10 pound sledge and about 100 swats from all directions wouldn't move mine.
    Sawzall next?
     
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    When I had to remove mine, I was told to use a BFH. Now, at that time, I thought a BFH was a 5 pound sledge, or, at least, that is all I had. I couldn't get that thing off until I borrowed a 15 pound sledge from a friend. Still took more than just a few hits, though.
     
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    I have always had to remove the axle and use a huge sledge with overhead hits to get it loose.

    On the D60 they did you a favor putting a spring in there that pushes it off. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    i found that out myself too, i never heard anyone else know of it though, until now. . . took me 2 hits on the numbers after over 35 minutes of beating around there...
     
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    Hey guys thanks alot, i got it off though but not done yet! I ran to the store and grabed a 5 pound hammer, the sledge couldn't clear the tie rod. 10 hits and alot of WD and it worked!
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif time for another beer /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    I guess us cali guys got it easy /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    I spent 2 hours with a 5 pound sledge and couldnt budge mine when I did the lift last fall. Someone on this site told me about hiting it right on those numbers and the damn thing came right off. Seems to be a sweet spot to pop the washers up /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    when I did mine I tried using a air chisle and that didnt work so if you have access to a lift like I did just remove the tie rod then hit it straight up from the bottom, it poped off after a few hits. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    i bet it was me /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     

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