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That's what I'm dealing with.
Upper ball joints excessive play.
What am I in for on this job? Can I do this in my driveway?
It looks like the uppers come with the control arm. I'll do the lowers while I'm at it, what else is a must on this job?

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Turns out it was the bushings on the upper control arm that are bad. Just about nothing left. I ordered the arms and replaced them and the shocks. We'll see how it rides now, should be a lot better.


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To remove a ball joint you usually need a shop press so can slowly press the ball joint out of the control arm. I have heard of guys doing it with large forks and a hammer but that is dangerous and you could damage something.
 

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To remove a ball joint you usually need a shop press so can slowly press the ball joint out of the control arm. I have heard of guys doing it with large forks and a hammer but that is dangerous and you could damage something.
Agreed. I used a ball joint separator, its like a press but cheaper, $15 from harbor freight. Not a tough job really.
Now it's alignment time, camber is way funky looking.


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