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Upper ball joint 4x4, how tight "nut insert"

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by uglytruk, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. uglytruk

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    I just changed the upper ball joint on my '87 Burb, and am not clear on how and how tight to snug that threaded bushing. Included inst. say "show two threads", but it's hard to tighten it with stud sticking through it. Any suggestions...???
     
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    You need the correct socket, or do what I have done before and make one. I used a 19MM, 1/2dr, deep socket and cut it into the correct shape.

    Do a search on ball joint change and you will find the torque value
     
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    Great, off to the China tool store for a cheapie 19mm. Thanks...
     
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    yeah i made one too, its pretty easy
     
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    Here's my nut/bushing tool, in action...

    A thinner (chrome) socket woudl've worked better The 19mm black was too thick, rubbed on the knuckle...

    Suburban 3 27 06 ball joints, fr axle, weird wd rr axle 003.jpg

    Suburban 3 27 06 ball joints, fr axle, weird wd rr axle 002.jpg
     
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    What about a seal behind the u-joint?

    ... all the crud that gets into the tube...

    Suburban 16.5 rims, 77 tcase, ff axle... 002.jpg
     
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    Step-Bumper for Sub, Same as PU?

    I've got a beautiful chrome step bumper on my '79 2wd PU. will it fit my '87 Sub? Obviously they're very similar, if not identical. Suprising never to have seen one so equipped?
    What about from a Dog or a Dorf. Just a little different around the tail lights?
     

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