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Old 06-18-2012, 02:33 AM
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New Control Arms

I just replaced the uper and lower control arms on the Black-Mobile.

On local bumpy roads, two thirds of the clunking is gone :o))) On the highway last night, smooth exceleration from 0 to 50, took her slowly to sixty... NICE... At 70 mph I hit the brakes and she was nice a smooth all the way back down to 40 mph.

Job well done

Next are the tie rods for the stabilizer in the front and strut mounts. I have the new strut mounts, I am just waiting fo the springs to come in. No sense in taking apart the strut assy twice LOL...
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:39 AM
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Was it hard?
What tools did you use, picklefork?
Important details?

Sorry for all the questions, about to tackle mine.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:46 AM
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Was it hard?
What tools did you use, picklefork?
Important details?

Sorry for all the questions, about to tackle mine.
uppers arent bad. lowers need to be done with removing uppers. i used a ball joint separator on mine and it popped right out



Drove it onto ramps, put some ballast in there and torqued it down.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:25 PM
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Nice.

Glad I don't have to replace mine, since they were replaced in April 2011.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:39 PM
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uppers arent bad. lowers need to be done with removing uppers. i used a ball joint separator on mine and it popped right out



Drove it onto ramps, put some ballast in there and torqued it down.
Hey Joe, do you have a link for where you purchased the ball joint separator?
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:48 AM
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Was it hard?
What tools did you use, picklefork?
Important details?

Sorry for all the questions, about to tackle mine.
It was relatively easy.

I used a pickle fork as I have broken a spiter on my last car trying to do it that way. (It was a cheap one though so you get what you pay for LOL...)

As for important details, Do not torque it down till it is on the ground and load the suspension first
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:19 AM
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Hey Joe, do you have a link for where you purchased the ball joint separator?
I went to a local Mom & Pop HW store and had them order one. I dont remember the brand (OTC (?) Sounds right) but I paid $45 for it, and I've gotten much more than $45 worth of use out of it! you dont realize how tough it is to get 240k miles old seated ball joint until youve hammered a pickle fork down to a mushroom for 7 straight hours. And I've used it in six different situations.

Amazon.com OTC Ball Joint Separator
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Thanks Joe.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:16 PM
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How long do/did the control arms take to install?
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:36 PM
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Hey Guys,

I did my control arms a while back and to remove the ball joints from the bottom strut plate I just took everything off as one piece, put the bottom strut plate in a vice and banged the crap out of the old parts with a hammer to free them.

Worked fine for me!

While a special puller would be nice it's not really necessary IMO.

-Tim

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Old 06-21-2012, 08:37 PM
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Took me 2hr
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