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Old 12-27-2020, 02:51 AM   #1
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I will be installing the upper and lower ball joints in a few days on my 90 2x4 HB. I'm renting the tool from Autozone to remove the lower ball joints. Any advice will be greatly appreciated since this is the first time I do this. Thanks
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Old 12-27-2020, 02:56 AM   #2
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The upper ones just bolt in. No special tools required. You'll want the press tool for installing the lower ones, but to remove them you can probably just knock them out with a hammer. Also, there's a snap ring underneath the boot for the lower ones.

It's also handy to have a decent sized pry bar to pry down on the suspension to get the knuckles back in. Might as well do the stabilizer bar links while you're in there, they are cheap and it'll be easier to pry down on the lower control arms with them unbolted.
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Put the new lower ball joints in the freezer overnight.
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Put the new lower ball joints in the freezer overnight.
Good idea! Dry ice in a cooler will shrink the metal as well, just keep the metal insulated from the ice and don't let them come in contact with each other. It's a "crossing-the-streams" type thing, LOL

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Or rent a Ball joint installer. Works perfect.
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No one said anything about a re-alignment of the front end being necessary or not. Is this necessary after the install?

One of the few things I haven't had to do (yet) is do ball joints on a vehicle. Been lucky on that one over the years I guess. Or if a vehicle I owned needed them, I probably sold it.
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Is there a "HOW TO" for this in the sticky's? I believe upper & Lower ball joints are in my near future.
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@XoXSciFiGuy - Per the FSM under FA-34(Front Axle and Front Suspension), it states, "When removing each suspension part, check alignment and adjust, if necessary."
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No one said anything about a re-alignment of the front end being necessary or not. Is this necessary after the install?

One of the few things I haven't had to do (yet) is do ball joints on a vehicle. Been lucky on that one over the years I guess. Or if a vehicle I owned needed them, I probably sold it.
I always thought that was a given when replacing any suspension parts.
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