Originally Posted by NewShockerGuy
Excellent! Ordered the Moog lower ball joints!
This should be a fun install this weekend of replacing the complete upper control arms, rotors, calipers, pads, and lower ball joint!
Thanks for all the help! Hoping it all goes together smoothly and firms up the front end somewhat.
I live in Atlanta, and the truck I bought spent its life here as well, so rust isn't an issue.
The parts I replaced came about relatively easy (outside of the lower ball joint). Upper control arm with ball joint, lower ball joint, and tie rods.
I saw a TV episode on where they showed how a Ferrari engine is built. They deep freeze the cylinder wall linings prior to putting them into the aluminum engine block. Once they warm, they expand and lock into position - forever!
So I placed my lower ball joints and tie rods in the freezer over night and they went into place much easier. The same applies to heat causing expansion vs. the freezer causing retraction. The two can work in combination for you.
Getting the lower ball joint out will take special tools. I used the Advanced Auto Parts Ball Joint Removal set for free. If you don't have access to a ball joint removal tool/set, then you will need to purchase or rent one.
The lower ball joint is pressed into place and will take quite some force to remove it. I used my 1/2" breaker bar in combination with the Advanced Auto Parts Ball Joint Removal Set and with full arm force popped them out. But they are in their very tight! As I recall, I put my torch to the lower control arm while using my breaker bar and the Tool Set to get it out.
The Upper Control Arm is quite easy, but remember to watch for the preloading condition and to mark the location of the metal tabs prior to loosening the arm. I used a chisel to scratch a mark into the metal.