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Old 02-23-2012, 01:05 PM   #1
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Ball joints on tj

So I was installing new ball joints on the tj today when I ran into a small problem. Anyone know how to fix this ?
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:06 PM   #2
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Look at the top of the knuckle thats where the problem is.

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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You've bent the knuckle, not a good situation.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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You should have pulled that bottom bolt off the lower ball joint before trying to get the top ball joint off, then used a pickle fork or something similar to lnock that spindle off. Hopefully you can fix it.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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I dont know how it could have happed. I know when I bought it there was damage to that side of the vehicle
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:48 PM   #6
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Thats what I did I removed the bearing and axle then removed the nuts on each ball joint and used a pickle fork to seperate. I used a ball joint press to remove and install the new ball joints and now this. The other side is perfect.
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Is that the cup from the press on that top ball joint?
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Looks like the inner C is bent. That axle might as well be trash.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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No thats how high the top of the ball joint is.
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Would it be out of the question to bend it back into place some how and add a gusset ? I think I have found a hp 30 for the front.

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