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Should i Replace ball joints myself?

Well, i was on my way out the door, but decided to look on here for some info first... And im having second thoughts on doing this myself.. I have NO ball joint press or anything, and i dont know if the auto hobby shop does.. I have NO experience with this either...

so should i do it myself and save the dough for my coilover conversion? or have someone else do it
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It's not that hard to do, I did both upper and lowers myself.

You can rent the ball joint press and separator from auto zone, I just used a BFH to remove the old joints instead of renting the separator though.

It's pretty straight forward when you start looking at it, only like 3 bolts on the upper, remove caliper, mounting bracket, rotor. then your ready to pop out the bottom.
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There are no autozone's in Germany...

I didn't use a ball joint press when I did mine. A BFH like 4LO stated to pound it out then use a socket big enough to go over the ball joint so you won't damage it and whack it back in. The upper ball joints aren't replaceable. You have to buy new upper control arms for both sides.
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There are no autozone's in Germany...

I didn't use a ball joint press when I did mine. A BFH like 4LO stated to pound it out then use a socket big enough to go over the ball joint so you won't damage it and whack it back in. The upper ball joints aren't replaceable. You have to buy new upper control arms for both sides.
I didn't think about him being in Germany, but like Tom said, no need for a ball joint press.

If you can find the Moog upper control arms, the joints in them are replaceable if you ever have to do it again.
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im going to be replacing one tonight. ill take lots of pics and so youll know exactly how easy it is..
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yeah, so how crappy is this.. Get to the auto hobby shop, get the ENTIRE pass. side taken apart, brakes, everything.. Open the box, they sent me the wrong freaking upper control arm.. they send me the drivers side one piece instead of the pass. side 2 piece.. I was HIGHLY upset.. Are the lower ball joints the same on both sides? i didnt want to do the lower and not the uppper, so im waiting until i can get the right one...
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ahh the ease of ttb ball joints ftw... no expensive arms to replace lol
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yeah, tell me about it, just dropped almost 90 bucks on one, and it was for the wrong side! now i have to drop another almost 90 bucks!
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You can use the one piece on the passenger side if it's the right one.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...sion-bars.html
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really? it seems REally big for the pass. ill post up pics give me a sec
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here are the pics.. let me know if i can use this upper control arm.. i dont think it will work, but let me know!
current upper control arm ***.
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the one-piece they sent me:
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here is the lower ball joint..

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That looks like the Moog passenger side 1 piece control arm to me.

I would be willing to bet it's the one you need.
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Looks right to me, they now use 1 piece on both sides. Crossrefernce your Moog part # with www.rockauto.com
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whats the part number on that arm?
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the part number is K8708T.. it says LEFT on the control arm.. which would mean drivers side.. well unless your looking at the truck then its the pass. side lol
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yea thats the wrong one. you need K80068 for the passenger side
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yeah i figured.. Dam people lol
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