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Old 09-07-2007, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by mati View Post
I've been told it's a mess Ball joints shot need tie rods control arms etc. Is this somthing I can handle? Or best left to a experienced mechanic? 300 td '82 wagon.
Upper ball joints (upper control arms), shocks, tie rods, idler arm bushing, steering damper are all fairly easy DIY projects, although you do need an alignment after the upper ball or tie rods. Lower ball joints, LCA bushings are more advanced DIY -- need (and need to know how to use) a spring compressor for those.

I did my lower ball & LCA bushings over the summer. Its doable, but a lot of work -- took me 3 hours just to get the LCA out and steering knuckle off only one side.
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