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Old 02-12-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Ball Joint Replacement

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have any of you jeep experts had to replace the ball joints on a TJ wrangler? My WOF man says mine are starting to get a little play in them so I am trying to do a bit of research first before I need to have them done. I understand that one can get a ball joint press for Jeep wranglers but the prices I have had so far are, how can I be polite, ffffairly expensive. Anyone with any good ideas or good advice out there?

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Old 02-12-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
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Pick up one of the 70 buck ball joint presses from Harbor Freight, they work well and cheap. I'll give ya a tip on press fit ball joints when you go to put them back in, leave the new joints in the freezer for a few days, when you are ready to put a new one in hit the flange with a torch for a few minutes before hand, have someone bring you the frozen joint and in one swift move slap it in place. If you go smoothly and quickly they'll drop right in, if not you just have to finish seating them with the press.

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Pick up one of the 70 buck ball joint presses from Harbor Freight...
The nearest HF store is about 6000 miles away.
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The nearest HF store is about 6000 miles away.

Yeah, that could be a problem! If you search around on the internet you should be able to find pretty much the same tool for close to that price or maybe even cheaper.
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Yeah like 6500 miles. I have been unable to find any one in this part of the world with a price even close so far but am open to suggestions. Mind you the exchange rate and freight to here might make things way more expensive by the time it's landed in NZ. Must be the price we pay for living in paradise aye.
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sry for the hijack but, what is a good brand of aftermarket ball joint for our TJ's? (i will be running 35's)
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:42 AM   #7
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:24 AM   #8
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sry for the hijack but, what is a good brand of aftermarket ball joint for our TJ's? (i will be running 35's)
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I usually borrow the ball joint press from Autozone or Advance. If you have one of those around you they usually just require a temporary deposit that you get back once you return the tool. So it's practically free except for the few hours you have the tool.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:58 AM   #11
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This one?

Four Wheel Drive Ball Joint Service Kit

or this one?

Ball Joint Press Kit

Which one would work better? I think I might invest in one just in case I need to change mine.
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No, they're really not. It's a common misconception.

Spicer is great. The price happens to also be very reasonable.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dana-30-Ball...#ht_527wt_1037

Good luck hunting down the ball joint press. That'll be a harder task than the job itself. I can do ball joints in about 2 hours from start to finish. Not a difficult job at all.

FYI, for those that live in the US, go to any parts store and just rent the ball joint press. I've always had good luck with the Performance Tool presses from O'Reilly.
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MOOG quality has been lacking lately.... I would say Spicer or TRW is what I got when I bought from the local autostore
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MOOG quality has been lacking lately.... I would say Spicer or TRW is what I got when I bought from the local autostore
I've never found Spicer in parts stores. I've always purchased them off Ebay vendors. As for TRW, I used those prior to Spicers and they didn't hold up well.
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Upper & Lower Ball Joints will usually cost anyware from $60-$75ea, so about $140 just to do one side. If you have to replace just one joint, you better off replacing both at same time while you already have it torn apart.

You can rent the Ball joint press at local auto store or buy a press from Harbor Freight for about $30.

If it's your first time and your following a write-up, expect it to take about 4-6hrs depending on your mechanical ability. I'm able to get mine done in about 2-4hrs depending on if I hit any snags... LOL
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I've never found Spicer in parts stores. I've always purchased them off Ebay vendors. As for TRW, I used those prior to Spicers and they didn't hold up well.
Yea sorry... I haven't found Spicers in stores either, but most drivetrain shops or gearing shops atleast around here carry spicers and get them there.

The TRW's I got before lasted 2yrs of DD and alot of wheeling at the Badlands about twice a month for 3-4months straight.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:19 AM   #19
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Still trying to find a decent priced press locally (NZ). Don't need to do it yet but time is rolling round. I will probably try without a press and see how I go. We just don't have the population here to have decent parts stores with all the gear.
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The only other way of trying is with some bigger deepwell sockets that fit over the Ball Joint and are about the same size as them and then a BFH for knocking them out.

Harbor Freight ones are about $35-$40, but not sure what shipping would be to NZ.
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Sounds like you need to find a local club - the best price for tools you don't need very often is FREE. I have the HF 4x4 service kit, so most of the guys in my club have never bothered to buy one. Another guy has a plasma cutter, and a third has a pole barn with a hoist. Still working on recruiting a guy who can set gears though
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:15 AM   #22
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Sounds like you need to find a local club - the best price for tools you don't need very often is FREE. I have the HF 4x4 service kit, so most of the guys in my club have never bothered to buy one. Another guy has a plasma cutter, and a third has a pole barn with a hoist. Still working on recruiting a guy who can set gears though
Yeah, I belong to the local club but not enough Jeeps here. Club has about 65 members with only about six Jeeps GRRR. Most of us do our own work (mostly) but with so few... There is less than 75000 people in the whole city so can't expect too many would have great taste in vehicles like you and me aye.
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I'll give ya a tip on press fit ball joints when you go to put them back in
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:47 AM   #24
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I'll give ya a tip on press fit ball joints when you go to put them back in
OK thanks I will post when the time comes. I want to get the most out of the old ones before I replace them.

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