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If I'm wrong, which I possibly am...I'm sorry.


But what I do to get mine in is use a ratchet strap to get it close...then take the hammer and pound them in...works every time!
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the ones with the coil spring have alil notch on the side
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well, if it doesn't look like it's going to fit (i.e. trying to fit a quarter over a hole made for a penny...then your SOL, but if it's really close, just take the BFH and wack it a few times...don't be scared, just put a block of wood over it. It will go right in (or it should )
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loosen the torsion bar way out that should help...

let me look at the part numbers again.
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89701 or whatever it has printed on the arm just doesn't seem right...it just looks way too much like the 2wd one for me..
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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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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...)

i think you are right. he needs DS one-piece UCA 98~2006:
(MOOG K8708T):

whats it say on the box?
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I thought the xlt arms balljoint shafts were 1/16th of an inch smaller than the edge ones...meaning if it was the xlt one it would actually be loose in the spindle? I could be wrong too though. A big hammer did the trick on mine, but that wasn't with fabtech spindles so I dunno. Hope you get it fixed up. If you don't have it done tomorrow I'll see what numbers are printed on my arms.
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Thanks everyone for there help but at 10:00 we finally got it in and back together. I get to do the passenger side tomorrow.
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I hope it's the right one! Your alignment may be way off if it's the wrong arm.

Chances are though if you ordered the correct part number then you got the correct part though!
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yea ill get the alignment done tomorrow when i finish the other side.
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i kinda had the same problem on my passenger side Superlift spindle. The stock ball joint did NOT wanna go in the slot of the spindle. Ugh what a pain in the *** that was. I feel for you.
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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...)
coil spring ball joint pins are .560inch thick. And Edge upper is .760inch thick.

I believe I have a solution.

Loosen the upper arms bolts. You SHOUDL have camber plates on them so it won't fall out of alignment. By taking teh tension off the upper arm bushings, it should fall right down into the top of the spindle.

After it goes in, slide the retaining bolt through the spindle THEN re-tighten the upper arm bolts.

Works for me as I was replacing upper-arms/balljoints every 4-6 months for the last 3 years ( lowering a torsion bar suspension does NOT work well ).
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I thought the xlt arms balljoint shafts were 1/16th of an inch smaller than the edge ones...meaning if it was the xlt one it would actually be loose in the spindle? I could be wrong too though.
You are very correct.
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Good to hear! I also did the "loosen the bolts" trick. Works well!
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i did the loosen the bolts trick as well and were still having a pain in the BUTT time getting it in. Were now workin on the passenger side.
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well after 9hrs on the drivers side and 3 1/2 hours on the passenger side they are done. Now Wednesday morning im getting and alignment and my chamber check as well.
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