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Old 03-26-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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DIY Ball joint replacement

I know this has been posted about a lot and I've read through some of the posts and watched some videos. I've also read the post on stu offroad. I went in to get new tires put on and an alignment, the guy told me the right upper ball joint is shot and needs replaced.
I'm tired of paying people to do stuff I should be able to do myself. I just did all new brake calipers, pads, and rotors by reading posts and watching videos. So I'm feeling pretty confident, I can do this myself after reading the posts and watching videos. The only thing that I'm concerned about is removing the axle shaft and the putting it back in. It seems like that could be difficult, but in the video I watched it seemed fairly easy. The video was for a jeep with a Dana 30 I have a 2005 rubicon so it's a Dana 44 will that make a difference?
Also, I was thinking about going with synergy ball joints. If I do should I replace both sides at one time or wait for the left side to fail?
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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Both sides at the same time. I didn't separate the shaft from the hub when I did mine so you can do it either way. The thing with inserting the axle shaft is to hold it up in the center of the tube when you slowly slide it in so that you don't damage the seal. That's it.

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Old 03-26-2014, 01:36 PM   #3
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Super easy job man. The dana 44 is no different (for the job u gotta do). Just slide the shaft out nice and easy. Then put it back in nice and easy. When you pull it out make sure to hold it level until its all the way out.

You will need the ball joint press. To get the old joints out the big F hammer on the knuckle works each and every time (gotta swing the hammer tho no love tapping)
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:37 PM   #4
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When you do ball joints you should do upper and lower at the same time. Left side to right side doesnt really matter as much. Some will want to kill me for saying that but on a budget top and bottom only is ok. if you can do all four then go right on ahead but two will work just fine
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:48 PM   #5
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Agreed. On a budget one side is "ok", but if possible having both sides upper and lower is preferable.

I've never used synergy ball joints but I think they are sintered. Might be worth it if you have the $. Spicer is about half of the price of synergy I think.
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:43 PM   #6
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Just did this as well on my front Dana 44. It's a very easy job, just invest in a breaker bar.

I did have a bitch of a time getting the steering knuckles off due to crud (oil,dirt,etc) crammed into the ball joints. mikemounlio is right, you need to beat on those.

The ball joint tool you rent at AutoZone (or any other store) will work, you don't have to have the special adapters, but it helps.

Here's two writeups from Stu's site that helped me:
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys. I'll think I'll try to tackle it this weekend. I may also go with a cheaper ball joint for now and just do the one side, I also need new shocks. Plus I'm saving up so that by the time these tires wear down I can go ahead and lift it up a little more and put some bigger tires on it. I think I'll just hold off on the fancy ball joints until that time.
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If you have an Advance auto parts nearby I've heard that their ball joint press has the adaptors to fit our jeeps so you don't have to buy the $60 kit.
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If you have an Advance auto parts nearby I've heard that their ball joint press has the adaptors to fit our jeeps so you don't have to buy the $60 kit.
Shoe, thanks for the heads up. I'll give them a call and check it out.

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