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Old 02-10-2015, 06:12 PM   #1
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Replacing lower ball joints

Hi all, I'm needing to do my upper and lower ball joints asap. My 2004 1500 2wd Quad has 133K miles and lots of slop with the ball joints. I have done a lot of motor mods/repair work myself through the years but am somewhat of a newb when it comes to suspension. I've priced local shops and decided to tackle this myself.

I've searched the forums here and found some very useful advice. The uppers appear to be pretty easy. I'm definitely gonna get Moog and rent a ball joint removal tool for the lowers, but how well/easy do the new Moog lowers go back in?

If anyone could do a write-up that wold be great. And then maybe stick this post up top for anyone in the future looking to do this themselves?

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Old 02-10-2015, 07:35 PM   #2
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Just did mine this past November. Borrowed Ball joint press didn't have the sockets needed to press the lowera out, so used a torch to warm up the lowers and used a BMFH and old socket (to focus blows on the ball joint body) to beat it out. Put the lowers in the freezer the day before so they'll press in easier. May want to get some tie rod ends while you're down there, mine wouldn't come off too easy without messing up rubber boots.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:00 PM   #3
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I just did mine this past weekend. I used a buddy's ball joint press. The hardest part was getting the original ones started to remove. They are "staked" in place. Once they worked past that point they came out easy. New ones went in easy. Just make sure they are starting square to the hole.
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Pressing old out is the hardest part. New go in like butter.

The truck is to take a chisel and fold the steaked edges all in then start to press it. A basic kit won't have the exact cups needed but deff can be done. Start the press using what cups come in kit press it then stop before it moves. Take a BFH and stroke the control arm area where joint goes into a few times you will likely here some popping. This is good now press it some
More and do the same thing until it either starts to move easily or pops out. Install is easy. Make sure on install to not press the shaft only
Push on the body. Once back in install snap ring and reinstall the rest of the stuff.

Sounds easier than it can be.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:53 AM   #5
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Sounds easier than it can be.
I agree. Mine took 4 hrs. (Taking our time, and it was the first time I've done it) but once one side is done, other side is 1/3rd the time. Not a hard job, just time consuming.
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Thanks for the advice! I hope to get it done in a few weeks. I'll try to get pics as i go and then post a little write-up.
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