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Upper Ball Joint Adjusting Sleeve...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Burbinator, Sep 21, 2002.

  1. Burbinator

    Burbinator 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone know where to obtain the special, tanged socket for the adjusting sleeve on the upper ball joint? I must have had the misfortune of getting the green parts guys, due to the fact they look at me funny when I ask them...

    And, if memory serves, the "preload" on the sleeve is 50 ft/lbs?

    TIA...
     
  2. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    I bought mine at one of the discount/specialty tool shops. I've seen them at some auto parts stores too, but can't remember which ones don't believe, however, it was the large chain ones, i believe it was some of the smaller ones around here. Try looking up tool stores, then call 'em and ask if they have automotive tools. If memory serves, I think I may have seen it at sears, but don't quote me on that one. Mabey do a web search and buy it online???

    The proper torque is 50ft/lbs, as you describe.

    BlazerMan
     
  3. Blazer1970

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    I just bought one at an Auto Value parts store.
     
  4. outlaw612

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    I couldnt find them anywhere so i had my brother get me one from his MAC dealer.
     
  5. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    View this and read it.

    I got my Snap-On socket for around $15. The adjusting sleeve should be torqued to 65 ft. lbs. You should have instructions with the ball joints and it will list the proper torque. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
  6. POWERMAD

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    Balll joint spanner socket
    That is an OTC one, NAPA deals in OTC tools.
    The instructions in the set that I just did said 50 ftllbs
     
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    I got mine off the Mac truck.
     
  8. rh88k5

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    I made mine, used a steel pipe nipple, cut away material to form the prongs with a die grinder, then welded a 3/4 inch nut to other end, worked for me, I used it this morning an torqued to 50 ft lbs, any more may be to hard on the tie rods. Measure the force needed to pull pull knuckle with a fishing scale, should be 20-25 lbs. Hope this helps.
     
  9. Burbinator

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    Thanks guys...

    Consider this a global thank you, since I cannot do a response to multiple people!

    I have a friend of mine that gets visits from the MAC Santa, so problem solved!

    Thanks again...

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