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upper ball joint seperation- HELP

i cant get the upper ball joint sperated so i can swing the knukle out of the way to press my lower ball j out of the the control arm. i cant damage it i dont have the replacement one so i need to re use the upper for a few weeks.
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Is the pinch bolt FULLY out? It not only pinches the top, but also retains it with the body of the bolt. Might also need the lower shock mount unbolted along with swaybar to allow the lower arm to droop.
I've had to beat the hell out of mine even with the bolt off. Soak it well with some PB too.
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beat on the knuckle right by where the ball joint goes into the knuckle. it should pop the ball joint right out.

if that doesnt work you will need to get a pickle fork and that will separate it for sure.
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i got it to come half way out with my dead blow. how hard will it be to put back in? i didnt release the lower shock mount yet will i have to to pound it back in?

the bolt was fully out and sprayed it down a cpl time with pb and beat on it with my dead blow for a good min it came right out
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its not too bad going back in, just have to get it aligned w the knuckle if u jack up the knuckle with a jack in the right spot and guide the bj it will fit right in.
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i cant get the lower to pop out. am i doing this wrong? i press top down correct? the c-clamp isnt long enough to use plate a and plate b with recieving cup. do i just pound it out? heat?
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i would use the clamp. to get out and in, much easier than hammering. i used this video on youtube to help me, he shows how to orient things. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4IPUUjKWBE
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