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Press Your Own Ball Joints

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Mr Red, Mar 28, 2000.

  1. Mr Red

    Mr Red 1/2 ton status

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    This is not an endoresement. Doesn't mean the tools are crap either. Here's a link to a kit for only $30 that lets you (work)"...on bearings to help you remove and install ball joints, universal joints and truck brake anchor pins."

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/taf/DisplayItem.taf?Itemnumber=37383

    I've not had any problems w/ their stuff but caveat emptor!
    <font color=red>David, '86 K5</font color=red>
     
  2. K5 NUTT

    K5 NUTT 1/2 ton status

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    Don't like Harbor Freight stuff...that looks like a cheaper copy of my OTC tool...however it failed to mention the adapter kit you must purchase to do 4x4 chevrolet type ball joints...and if you need to do some ford stuff more adapters are needed!!!

    AZBLAZER

    1979 K5
    1976 K5 Chalet
    1972 K10 Suburban
     
  3. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    I have that exact tool. Works great! As far as AZ saying it need an adaptor I don't know about. I have replaced the ball joints on both my 75 D44 and my 79 10 bolt and the only one I had problems with the the driverside top because the steering arm was in the way. You either have to remove the arm or get creative and find a socket that is the same hight as the arm to balance the tool on. I keep it on the truck when wheeling. It makes short work out of U-Joints also. I have seen it used to straighten a bent fork on a D44 after the u-joint went. That driveshaft is still in the guys truck after 2-3 trips to tellico. That tool is well worth the price if you have ever broken a u-joint out in the woods (or desert).

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
    Grim-Reaper
     
  4. DangerB

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    I have had to buy alot of tools from Harbor frieght. Some are GREAT, some absolutly SUCK. You have to be carefull. But it CAN be worth it. With Grims endorsement and at $29 Im gonna get one for sure.

    DangerBrett[​IMG]
    <font color=blue>harder, faster, longer, stronger</font color=blue>
     
  5. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    On the press, is that the grey "c" frame one or the funky red one? I am thinking of ordering the "c" frame style later this week. Thanks, Jim.

    BigJBear '80 GMC
     
  6. Grim-Reaper

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    I have the cast one that looks like the C. The metal one you are talking about does look a bit weak and I would pass on that one.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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  7. Burt4x4

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    COOL sounds like a good adition to the "BOX"!!
    Later

    Rock ON![​IMG] 72 K5 [​IMG]
     

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