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Re: How do you change Ball Joints????
I did mine this fall and it wasnt that hard. I'd had the axle shafts out a couple of times previously, so the spindle wasn't hard to remove. The ball joints came with instructions for installing. I made the necessary adjuster socket out of an old deep 3/4 socket and ground the slots with an angle grinder after marking it with a black felt marker. You tighten down the bottom nut to the stated torque (or just damn tight), then turn down the top adjuster sleeve to the pre-load torque on the instructions, then put the top nut on and tighen it down. Sounded way more complex than it was. Hardest part was removing the old upper adjusting sleeve. Ended up using a punch to spin it out.
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