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Upper and Lower Ball Joints

Well, I went to get my front end aligned today, finally. And got my truck back and they said it couldnt be done, I have to have ball joints on both sides. Yeaaah. Anyway, I figured I was getting screwed since they arent selling any vehicles, they have to money somehow, so I took it somewhere else and they said the same thing. My question is, to release the pressure off the A-arm, is just loosening the torsion bar up all I need to do, or is there something special I have to do. And does anyone make adjustable A-arms. (to adjust camber)
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no adjustable A-arms,

why do you need to loose pressure?
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I am going to replace the whole upper A-arms, so dont I have to release the pressure to take it off the wheel assembly.
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dont think so, you just remove the hub and spindle, then shock i believe, it has been a while since i have done mine lol.

There is a How-To on here somewhere.

Word of advice, get the MOOG uppers, they come with a replacable ball joint on the upper A-arm. A new upper ball joint is 38 bucks as aposed to 110 for a whole new arm.
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You can just take the upper arms off and pound the lower ball joints out. If you need to adjust the camber then buy a camber kit.
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Yeah, I know how to literally take them off, but I have my torsion bars cranked out, do I need to loosen them up or what?
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torsen bars effect the LCA's, not the uppers. It is your spindle that atatches to them. It might make your life easier to uncrank them, but it is not nessisary.
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I just replaced mine not to long ago. You dont need to loosen the torsion bars, heres a link that helped me alot.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=79821
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Well I did it last night, and it wasnt too bad. Did the first one in about 3 hours and the second one in about an hour. Glad that is finished.
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no adjustable A-arms,

why do you need to loose pressure?
Not true they make adjustable ball joints that have a nut around them and you can turn the ball joint cause its offset.
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