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Old 11-14-2007
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rcd

Started all the dissambely today for installin the rcd. I still have quite a bit of work ahead of me but any tips on the install to make things move a smooth and easy? I'v already got replacement grade 8 bolts for everything that gets removed..any tips will be great :)
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you didnt waste any time.

Hopefully you get that driveshaft from gumby soon.
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pb blaster and an impact for stuck stuff. It's a pretty straight-forward install other than that.
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double check ALL torque specs. I know I had to call RCD/Ford dealer to get some specifications on torque because RCD failed to include it in their instructions.
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I already got to driveshaft from him. Came unbelievably quick..
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hmm..take your time dnt forget all the spacers and small stuff
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double check ALL torque specs. I know I had to call RCD/Ford dealer to get some specifications on torque because RCD failed to include it in their instructions.
ditto
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I already got to driveshaft from him. Came unbelievably quick..
i dont mess around, son!

you got my PM of install tips, right?
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yea i got em i was just getting some help from others...i cant get the damn botom ball joint out its holding me up
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CAREFULLY used an air hammer (pnuematic??) to do the lower ball joints.
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or a pickle fork and a BFH
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just say no to pickle forks. they are worthless, unless you goal is to tear stuff up.

there is a flat spot on the knuckle near the taper where the BJ passes thru. hit that area with a hammer, or flat tip chisel on a air hammer. it will come out. all you gotta do is loosen the taper, gravity will do the rest. make sure you leave the retaining nut on a lil bit so the knuckle doesnt fall off onto you foot or anything
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ill try the airchisel..i was using pickle fork and bfh and it definitly was not doing anything at all besides tearing stuff up and making me frustated
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take a look at the RCD knuckles. you will see where i beat on them near the lower BJ. use the same position on the stockers. i have never needed air to unstick a BJ. jus a BFH.
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i dont mess around, son!

you got my PM of install tips, right?
You are a man of your word.

The look on your face was priceless when you discovered that you forgot the driveshaft after you said you checked and double checked everything loaded. lol
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haha yea it was pretty funny..your jaw kinda just dropped
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yeah. glad no one had a camera ready for that....
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haha that would of b een perfect could of even put a caption...price of gas to columbus 75$, Dinner 45$ Gumbys face after he realized he forgot the d/s after triple checking..priceless
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finally i got the lower ball joint out.. I overcame it with a reallly bfh...20lb sledge did the trick
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how do i line up the top shock mount?
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does this help?

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Ok, this is a dumb question, but what is an RCD?
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RCD is Race Car Dynamics

for 4x4 rangers its a 5" lift kit that switches the suspension from torsion bars to coil overs up front
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ok, that makes scense. thanks
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ok, another dumb question, what are the benifits of thatand what is it used for? (i am new to mechanics, dad used to be one, but when i was super little. Got a garage full of snap on everything including the hot dog tool cart just sitting collecting dust. figured id get all learned on mechanics and screw around on my truck)
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