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Need some help with replacing the front ball joints

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 91K5, Sep 13, 2001.

  1. 91K5

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    Hey all,
    Saturday morning I'm going to be replacing the upper & lower ball joints on my 10 bolt, and could use a few tips on how to do this. I think that the ball joints are pressed in, not sure though. If they are, how should I go about getting them out and new ones back in? I've seen tools used for this, just want a few recommendations from you all before I get dirty. Thanks :)
     
  2. Leadfoot

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    The ball joint presses in harbor freight work great. If you are only planning to do this once or twice in your life, you may want to go down to Autozone and see if you can borrow the press and adapter tubes that receive the ball joint (can also be used to do any u-joints that need to be replaced), and since you have to unbolt the knuckles anyway, replace the u-joints in the knuckles now (even if they aren't too old) it's cheap insurance and you have everything pulled apart anyway.

    See my rig at <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Leadfoot>http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Leadfoot</a>
     
  3. Emmettology 101

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    I use a BFH and a large socket on the lower one and then a BFH and a piece of pipe on the upper one!

    Mike

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  4. FRIZZLEFRY

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    I got lazy and took the knuckles and new joints to a shop and they did them.Im glad I did too cuz he had a press and he had one hell of a time gettin them out.

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  5. Executioner

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    I'll say it again, make sure you understand the term Upper Ball-Joint Pre-load !
    Good luck
     
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    Upper Ball Joint Pre Load. No [censored], read the little teeny tiny instruction manual that comes in the boxes. Ask the parts guy about it. All of your work is for not if it's done incorrectly. Luckily I had a friend at a local Chevy dealer looking over my shoulder, drinking my beer, and laffing at me while I did this job. It's not entirely hard to do, Just hard to get the ball joints out. I had mine pressed out and in.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
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  7. Executioner

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    I think its a very simple concept, but most DIYers seam to think it is not important.
    You know its cool to have extra parts that don't get installed. They just give you the slevee to look at ?
    Hey you up to go to Truckhaven in CA. looking for a caravan ?
     
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    When is it going to be? I have no free time lately what with the kids( mostly me) and their football and my new apprenticeship. This Saturday I'm going to go to Reddington with a kids dad from the football team. He has an 85 that he's never off roaded. It's got 35's, a 4" lift and he's dying to take it for a spin. Matter of fact he says he's NEVER been off road! I was thinking of the trail into Chiva.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
  9. Executioner

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    Its Oct. 5-7 2001, also there is a run to Chivo this Sunday, part of TRR, and AZVJC. Meeting at Boston Market
    on Speedway in U of A area 9:00am sharp, they will meet somewhere again to air down.
     
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    I'll tell him about it. That could be a little intimidating for a first timer tho'. We're going up Saturday afternoon at about 4 pm so it'll be a little cooler.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
  11. DMK

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    You will also need the tool for the upper baljoint sleeve. Bought one a napa.
     
  12. i_4x4

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    You can get a Loan-a-tool from Autozone, Checkers or some other places like that. They charge for the price of the tool and refund it when you return it. they run about $100 .

    Hope this helps .

    Later Ed

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    No one had the upper balljoint sleeve tool for rent checked autozone and others.
     
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    I ended up just making the tool out of a impact socket

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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