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Old 03-06-2012, 09:50 AM
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Wink ball joint job turned into controll arm replacement

sigh, i hope this will help any other novice (i'm learning a lot with my first cobra) last thursday i took on a ball joint swap (steeda x2) by myself. i thought the only interesting part would be pressing the units in and out. i wasn't intimidated b/c of fulltiltboogies crossaxis joint kit w/tool so i had a good idea on how to press the ball joints in and out. no worries right?

well i rented a ball joint press from auto zone and got to work

it is at this point that i would like to point out what i saw as the problem. my ignorance regarding the "cup" to use that would be pushing on the ball joint and my nature to assume that the ball joint kit was complete with the proper cup fiting. i thought i was looking for a cup the same size as the outter part of the ball joint not one that was a little bigger than the ball joint stud.

NEEDLESS to say with the ill fiting cup the press was going all sorts of crooked as you can tell and there was no way of getting the cup to sit proper b/c of the stud....

so for a good ten minutes in the dark and rain b/c at that point it was 7 at night i used a nuematic (spelling) cutting wheel... attached to a pancake compressor (looking back it was funny) to shorten the stud so the cup would sit properly. after i got the cup to sit flat i saw a glimpse of hope as the ball joint press slowly went down for the first time! only problem was i used the wrong cup that was ever so slightly bigger then the outter most part of the ball joint and i scored/****edup the control arms recieving hole for the ball joint!

so this was the day after (friday) i called into work said i was puking and took my control arms out and ordered http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...r-Control-Arms and will be putting the steeda x2's in there on arrival with the proper press

until then my love is sitting at my parents place and i am rocking the prius! i will up date with the install of the new control arms which should be in wed if not thursday! just in time for the sunny weather in nj!

seriously though i hope this helps keep anyone else from making a mistake go easy i know i don't know everything and am open to any helpful critics!
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:52 AM
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Great post man....... Ball joints just suck to do
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:01 AM
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Great post man....... Ball joints just suck to do
thank you! and yes i went crazy looking for a tac weld or c ring keeping it in but alas what is it they say??? the right tool makes the job easy?

i was told the proper press cup is slightly bigger then the ball joint stud and sits on the ball at the bottom of the stud not the outer most part of the bj!

i just try to look at it as a mess up/up grade with the new 03/04 cobra style control arm kit.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:14 AM
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ahhh just remembered... did any one else ever take off the front control arms on this sn95 new age (not sure the exact bodystyle name) ????
wtf who thought it would be good to put the steering rack in the way of the control arm bolts! the kick in the nuts was def having to take the steering rack off it's mounts ever so carefully to allow clearance to take these bolts out! sorry again for the lack of pictures but wow that sucked!

ANYONE WITH THIS BODY STYLE BE PREPARED TO REMOVE A K MEMBER BOLT ON EACH SIDE AND MOVE THE STEERING RACK<<<< i'll get more pics when i install the control arms thursday
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:29 AM
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Man, you are learning the hard way. Great info though.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:26 PM
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The second to last pic is priceless.

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Good luck with everything
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:49 PM
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no need for special tools to remove ball joints, Big friggin hammer, small propane torch or 2, and smack them out....sorry to hear of your struggle
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the BFH fixes all !!! i love the cardboard skinnys man
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:48 PM
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Yer car a 99?
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Nice I remember the first time I did balljoints and the old man looked at me and said hit it fuc&ing harder with a bigger hammer it will come out . If you have any questions about anything your doing feel free to call the shop I am a vendor here Quality Auto Service just ask for Keith number is in the vendor section I have seen a ton on these cars
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:32 AM
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no need for special tools to remove ball joints, Big friggin hammer, small propane torch or 2, and smack them out....sorry to hear of your struggle
that will be my next skill to learn torch time!
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the BFH fixes all !!! i love the cardboard skinnys man
^^ hehe =/ the local youth by my parents are a bit sketchy and i figured out of site out of mind for those little crack heads. i believe my parents were nice enough to bring an old car tarp out and cover it! xoxo mom and dad gotta love'em!
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Nice I remember the first time I did balljoints and the old man looked at me and said hit it fuc&ing harder with a bigger hammer it will come out . If you have any questions about anything your doing feel free to call the shop I am a vendor here Quality Auto Service just ask for Keith number is in the vendor section I have seen a ton on these cars
KEITH! you rock man i have your number in my phone the control arms are coming in today and i'm starting right after work today and continuing tomorow morning, needless to say the first sign of trouble i'll be the guy callin you!

today the control arms will be getting the steeda x2 ball joints professionally installed!

that you for all the help and next time its BFH and torch time! more pics to follow of the install
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:12 AM
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Nice man, keep us posted
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Thats why I pay Keith or Greg... No injuries, no broken parts, no dirty hands just joy LOL
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Thats why I pay Keith or Greg... No injuries, no broken parts, no dirty hands just joy LOL
lol we dont even wanna get started on you Sean lol jk my brother
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bfh to get it out,then ya use the weight of the car to reinstall it,get a floor jack a big socket and jack the balljoint into the car until it lifts off the jackstand,at this point you tap the arm with your bfh and the weight of the car will make the bj seat'then you jack the car up and put her back together i have done a bunch of cars like this....
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