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Well I finally found some Chevy knuckles for my steering conversion today. They should work good. I need some help with two things. Taking the Chevy steering arm off(without damaging the studs), and getting the balljoints out. I got the 3 nuts off of the steering arm, but repeating beatings with a big rubber mallet failed to knock it loose. I would of used a metal one, but I didn't feel like getting ear protection because of the loud CLANGING of the hammer, and I didn't want to damage anything without consulting here first. As for the balljoints, I got the snapring out of both lower balljoints, but after that, I'm lost. Which way do they come out? Any tips? Someone said for putting balljoints in you should put the balljoints in the freezer and the knuckles in the oven. Would putting the knuckles in the freezer make the balljoints come out easier? Thanks a bunch and sorry for the long post.

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The ball joints will come out exactly the same as the dana 30 ball joints in the jeep. Review the directions in you repair book. Rent or borrow a ball joint press too. Sorry, I don't have any advise on the steering knuckle arm.

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Any other suggestions? Do I really need a balljoint press?

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You are going to need to beat the arm with a sledge ( a metal one).

And a rented ball joint press (looks like a big c-clamp) is the best way to go, you can change the joints that way without the possibilty of breakage (like if you used a hammer). Often local parts stores will "rent" these out with a deposit, and full refund when it's returned,making it essentially free.

It took me 20 seconds (literally) to press out the first balll joint with one of these tools, and that's with never using one before. I pulled it out of it's case, read the directions and had the first joint out all in that short time. Easy.

And no hearing protection needed :)

Charly

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I "rented" a ball joint press a few weeks ago (for free from autozone)to change my u-joints. Hooked it up to my impact wrench and changed two u-joints start to finish in 20 minutes, that includes pulling the driveshaft! GREAT tool. I need one again to change my ball joints and I found the exact same one that I left a $120.00 deposit for at Autozone for 50 bucks at Harbor Freight, so I snatched it up. I can't stress enough how handy this sucker was. It'll be great to have on the trail to replace (hopefully other people's)blown u-joints.

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James,
Do you have a Harbor Freight tool store in your area? If so, they have a handy ball joint press tool on sale right now for $30. It's a tool that you will use more than once as it comes in really handy for in-the-field u-joint replacement.

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