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I'm in the process of taking My  front end out to replace it with another one as the RHS front wheel is always at positive camber instead of negative camber. I have the top ball joint unbolted from the upper suspension arm, but having major problem with the lower ball joint, it just won't come out of the lower arm. I have a scissor jack [common toyota/mitsubishi/suzuki jack] in between the two arms and lower arm jacked up also.. which means both are jacked up.. I have been hitting the bottom arm where the ball joint goes thru with a hammer, but it won't budge. I also found the top ball joints on both sides split wide open, and the RHS one needs replacing, as its very easy to move sideways etc.. luckily I have a spare new bilstein upper ball joint to replace it.. I haven't checked the LHS as yet. Prices of Ball joints here in Australia go from $16 to $32 at least the quotes I have. The $16 ones must be made in china etc as they must have cost under $8 to make.. The $32 ones are German made. and naturally, with pressed in ball joints You don't want to have to do this job again for a long long time.. lol . It looks like I may have to pull both suspension arms out from the torsion bars.. and [after replacing the top ball joint]  pushing them into the replacement front end torsion bars..

Lee in Australia  Summer weather in winter over here.













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Did you try heating it up a bit?
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Hi Wayne
No, I've never heated anything up before..
seen it dona a lot at work over the years, and they seemed to heat just about everything up to loosen bits..
I'll try the two hammers - one either side - hitting one side..

I've also been told that its normal for ball joints to get "easy to turn" after a while..
so long as there is no movement in the ball joint..
and that the basic ball joint tool could be used without any damage to the ball joint.

well, it is winter over here and We just had a cold day.. very cold wind... first cold day this winter..  it will naturally get a lot colder... lol

I'll have to get this sorted before it gets too cold.. lol

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Hey Lee, did you ever get that apart?
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Hi Wayne..
I took the suspension arms out and only one ball joint was not tight but because the rubber boot was ripped, I wanted to replace it.. but getting the camber adjuster off so I could replace the boot was too much for Me..

I tried heating the camber adjuster up but couldn't get it off
but as I don't have any experience heating things, I may have not perservered long enough.. May try again later.
I did have 4 spare arms and only one of those ball joints were not tight, but could have been used, so I used one of the spare arms for the LHS upper with camber adjuster still fitted, and had the top RHS Ball joint pressed out with a 10 tonne press, and replaced with a new one I had. luckily I also had a spare camber adjuster to fit.
so, now I have the front end beam in place and 4 arms fitted with new grease seals, along with a new speedo cable [and grommets] New brake pads and two new shock absorbers along with new rubber bush kits and a replacement steering box.  Also have new clamps and bushes kit for the anti roll bar to fit. I haven't had an anti roll bar on the car for about 5 years.. lol
it may make the world of difference. !!!
I also have new tie rod ends if needed.  I like to keep spares on hand.

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Hi Wayne
well, it took a few weeks but I ended up getting it all done [and painted]  I also adjusted and fitted another steering box and replaced the brake pads [disc brakes]
The difference in the steering [its just so smooth] is unbelievable .
also the brakes pads have made the brakes so much better too..??
No more locking the front wheels or all 4 wheels as before.. on gravel or loose surfaces unless I really try..  I also measured the tie rods off the donor car and done Mine exactly the same so now its just like a different car.. 

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LEE in Australia

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