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I need help getting the moog upper control arm in a fabtech spindle anyone have any ideas or had a problem as well?
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ball joint press?eh?
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nope that wont work i replaced the whole upper control for the first time today
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Heres where im having trouble.
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Its like it wont seat in the spindle.
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i used a little grease to lube it up and it went right in... thats gonna end up in someones signature im sure
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put something in between the spindle and try to spread it out then smack in in place with a big hammer
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is the torsion bar in? that might just be fighting you. try to jack the lower control arm up so that the the balljoint will slide in.

its the same diameter right?
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ive tried both and no luck at all.
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i just did mine yesterday and it went right in with one wack it was also the secont arm that they sent me because the first one was the wrong one compare it to your old ball joint to double check that they are the same size because it should not be giving you that much trouble
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Yes the torsion bar is in. We are jacking up the lower control arm but its fighting us like crazy.
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Yes i check and they are the same size.
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before you but that ball joint in did you clean out the inside of the spindle and also clean it out with a small wiza wheel or you could even use some sand paper but make sure it is clean and smooth on the inside of that
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before you but that ball joint in did you clean out the inside of the spindle and also clean it out with a small wiza wheel or you could even use some sand paper but make sure it is clean and smooth on the inside of that
Yes I did but ill do it again
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bigger hammer
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i have one still no luck

Its like i cant get the lower control arm back up to meet the spindle to the upper control arm.
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that bottom is pretty hard to move but that upper should move eassily those bolts should be in but not tightened on your frame. once that ball joint is in (hopefully) then tighten your bolts above if that doesnt work
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Might have to remove the t-bars..worth a shot
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is the suspension loaded?
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no i undid the shock
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you shouldnt have to undo that shock are those bolts losened on the top before you tried to but the ball joint in? sry if im asking so many questions im just trying to figuire out where your at and if you understand what im trying to say
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I think you have the wrong upper control arm. It looks to me like a 2wd coil spring one. Go back to the auto parts store and return it.

If I'm mistaken, I appologize, but it looks exactly like a 2wd coil spring one.

Take a pic and I'll tell you 100 percent, I know they tried to sell kevoo the 2wd coil spring one.
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i ordered it from rockauto.com
MOOG Part # K8708T is the left hand one

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MOOG Part # K80068 is the right hand one
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you shouldnt have to undo that shock are those bolts losened on the top before you tried to but the ball joint in? sry if im asking so many questions im just trying to figuire out where your at and if you understand what im trying to say
Yes they are loosened
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Yea....those are the wrong ones I believe..let me double check and I'll tell you for sure...
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MOOG K8708T is the correct ones.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...92&postcount=3

MOOG Part # K80068 {Control Arm w/Ball Joint}
Frt Susp; Upper; RH; 2WD; w/torsion bar susp.; 1 piece design; Incl. bushings
Frt Susp; Upper; RH; 4WD; 1 piece design; Incl. bushings

$101.79 $0.00 $101.79
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MOOG Part # K8708T More Info {Control Arm w/Ball Joint}
Frt Susp; Upper; LH; 2WD; w/torsion bar susp.; Problem Solver; Incl. bushings
Frt Susp; Upper; LH; 4WD; Problem Solver; Incl. bushings

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$105.79 $0.00 $105.79
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It looks like they sent you the wrong part?

8971F is definetly the 2wd coil spring one (matt used to have a 2wd coil spring...I did his ball joints with him...)
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