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Ball joint tool

Discussion in 'Full Size: 700, 800, 2009-2014 Model Years' started by roadkill, Apr 15, 2017.

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  1. roadkill

    roadkill Scott SXS Nation Regular

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    I just did highlifter A arms but during the install managed to tear up the ball joint boots on the upper arms trying to press them in. My harbor freight tool was too big and the only socket i had to use in the vise managed to suck the boot in the squared ratchet hole and thus messing them up. The a arms are installed but I know in the near future these new ball joints will give up the ghost due to a bad boot on them. What do ya'll use to press them in/out? Preferably with arm on the SXS. I'm thinking I'm gonna have to take the old arms and start looking at scrap pipe to build my own adapter to use with HF press. I suppose hindsight is 20/20 and I should have done before I started. Live and learn..
     
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    Hey Scott-

    I've never used a tool to put ball joints in our 800s. Most of the time I put them in when I do A arm bushings on the bench, but there are definitely times that I do them still in-chassis.

    For the lowers, I put a block of wood or a jackstand just behind the ball joint so the A arm is supported, then give the ball joint a wack (after removing the snap ring) and it'll come right out..

    To install, put the block under the new ball joint, and you can drive the A arm down onto the ball joint by striking it just behind (towards the machine) the ball joint. I usually use a piece of rod, I don't hit it directly with a hammer. greasing them up good helps too!.

    Uppers are easier to do, but you will need to unhook the front shock so you can move the A arm around.

    This way of doing things might scratch or hurt the paint job on new A arms, so if that's a concern, you'll most likely need to fab some sort of pull/press tool, but this has worked great for me!
     
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    Dead blow hammer and a 2x6 is the way I did mine. The exact way fume did it actually.
     
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    Always an answer on the forum! Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. roadkill

    roadkill Scott SXS Nation Regular

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    Appreciate the responses. Well hindsight is 20/20. Today I found some scrap and put together a spacer to use with the harbor freight tool. Made two in case one gets lost or grows legs.
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    offroadohio Donnie Team SXS Nation

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    Seastacker Carl Moderator

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    Nice! I love home made tools. One of these days I will get myself a little wire feed welder.
     
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