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Thread: DIY Lower Control Arm Bush Replacement

  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by LRD414 View Post
    So whatís the trick to popping the ball joint?
    Iíve never done it (yet) so defer to Russrobe but the tip on the videos seems to be putting the BJ nut back on just the end of the thread and belting the nut to pop out the BJ.

    This is instead of having a splitter tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanegtr View Post
    I've got a nice big copper gympie which I give a decent whack on the hub in the direction of the arrow in the pic. Ball joint pops straight out with no more stuffing around (at least it did for me)
    Attachment 133253
    Yep a nice big whack in the right spot and it pops out in one hit! Just back the nut off until it's flush so it doesn't fall off. I did have to remove and replace the 32mm hub nut which AF supply in there kit. Attached notes with torque settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russrobe View Post
    Yep a nice big whack in the right spot and it pops out in one hit! Just back the nut off until it's flush so it doesn't fall off. I did have to remove and replace the 32mm hub nut which AF supply in there kit. Attached notes with torque settings.
    By jacking up the hub to 466mm you set it to normal ride height(make sure you lift off the chassis in normal height so you can do this step) Otherwise you will need a pit to torque the bolts with the car on the ground. Vital to torque the bolts at this height so the control arms are sitting in their driving position or you could destroy your new bushes in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russrobe View Post
    By jacking up the hub to 466mm you set it to normal ride height(make sure you lift off the chassis in normal height so you can do this step) Otherwise you will need a pit to torque the bolts with the car on the ground. Vital to torque the bolts at this height so the control arms are sitting in their driving position or you could destroy your new bushes in no time.
    Also by marking the eccentrics with some black spray paint and a screwdriver to mark the centre you get near on perfect alignment although I'm not sure how the toe ended up being out so far! Wheel alignment required afterwards to check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russrobe View Post
    Also by marking the eccentrics with some black spray paint and a screwdriver to mark the centre you get near on perfect alignment although I'm not sure how the toe ended up being out so far! Wheel alignment required afterwards to check.
    That note isn't in order for removal though correct order would be.

    1.Lift of chassis with car in normal height and lower to jack stands. Then remove underbody plates including plastic one.
    2.Remove wheels, knock out hub nut holder and remove 32mm nut, tap in the shaft.
    3. Remove shock absorber bolt.
    4. Back off nuts on eccentrics and ball joint until flush.
    5. Whack ball joint as above until it pops up.
    6. Remove eccentrics and drop arms down.
    7. Remove ball joint nut and lift out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrycol View Post
    Yes exactly.



    Well I may have misunderstood other threads but I thought that you had to have this very expensive tool to remove and insert the new bushes and that is why everyone is buying complete arms rather than just buying the bushes and changing them over. If I am wrong and they can be replaced using a normal garage press at home then great - I am glad to be proven wrong.

    Garry
    I replace the complete arms on customers vehicles as its quicker than doing the bush, but also the front bush gets done as does the lower ball joint

    Regards
    Daz

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