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Old 01-18-2004, 12:01 PM
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Yeah, log splitters work pretty well, all things considered. May need to make some adapters to replace the wedge, though.

Great caution is advised, they are a bit short on safety features.

We used one to press together a pin and bushing set for my brother's "new" crawler (to replace the one he lost in a barn fire). Worked pretty good, although the track got sorta heavy by the time we got done.

The ball joint should be seated against the flange on the top. I've seen "professionally done" ones with the cup not pressed down flush, nor straight, at $200 a pop.

Peter
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Old 01-18-2004, 02:10 PM
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I'd rather press in 10 new ones than remove one old one. Still trying to get a couple out.

Building a new work bench just to withstand the sledge hammer.

Took my last one to a buddy's auto shop. Almost stumped both of us. Gradually got it. Pressed the new one in with a C-clamp type deal (air)

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Old 01-18-2004, 08:34 PM
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I've posted this before, but it is worth repeating. The key to getting ball joints out is not pressure or hammering by themselves, as is mentioned above when a pressured joint was hit with a hammer. Both are required. The easiest way is to use a pry bar about 6 feet long wedged between the frame and the control arm, have someone stand on that bar, then strike the control arm with a small sledge. The shock will almost always break the joint loose with one or two hits.
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