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Re: Toyota Tacoma
« Reply #1050 on: February 17, 2017, 06:48:58 am »
Pro-tip: pickle forks suck. Get a ball joint tool from Harbor Freight. Looks like this:



It'll save you an hour and a lot of frustration
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« Reply #1051 on: February 17, 2017, 06:49:30 am »
BFH always works, too.
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« Reply #1052 on: February 17, 2017, 10:41:22 am »
Well, I already have the fork ordered.  Been looking for a reason to buy a 3lb sledge. :devil:

Either way, can't I just use the BJ press kit to both push the old ones out and press the new ones in?

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« Reply #1053 on: February 17, 2017, 12:42:05 pm »
You have to break the "seal" between the ball joint and spindle with the pickle fork or that tool I posted. Then use the press to remove it from the control arm.
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« Reply #1054 on: February 17, 2017, 01:04:01 pm »
Ahhhh yeah.  I gotcha.

Pickle fork, ball joints, and tie rod ends arrived just now.  Looks like I'll try hammering and pickling.  If that doesn't work for some reason, I imagine the auto parts place rents those separators out as well as the press kits.

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« Reply #1055 on: February 17, 2017, 01:50:08 pm »
+1 to Alex. I tried to use a pickle fork on the RX7. Gave up and just used the HF tool instead and it popped right off.
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« Reply #1056 on: February 17, 2017, 01:52:00 pm »
Pickle forks are good for ... pickles.
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« Reply #1057 on: February 17, 2017, 02:20:25 pm »
Well shit, I guess I bought the wrong damn tool. :rage: :lol:

We don't have a Harbor Freight or equivalent.  Either way, I'll probably just rent out both the BJ press and separator tool from O'Reilly so it'll be sure to get done.  I'm hoping to knock this project out on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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« Reply #1058 on: February 22, 2017, 03:27:40 pm »
Gave up on this pretty quickly.  Everything sucks.  Need air.  Rented tools for nothin.  Manliness defeated. Wallet will have sads.  :rage:

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« Reply #1059 on: February 22, 2017, 03:28:31 pm »
Welcome to the club :lol:
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« Reply #1060 on: February 22, 2017, 03:34:08 pm »
At least you got farther than me. :lol:

I shall sit here and stare and drink in defeat the beers I intended to consume whilst happily skipping along in a magical world of no rust and fasteners that come lose when you think them to. This dream has failed me.

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« Reply #1061 on: February 22, 2017, 03:41:35 pm »
At least you got farther than me. :lol:

I shall sit here and stare and drink in defeat the beers I intended to consume whilst happily skipping along in a magical world of no rust and fasteners that come lose when you think them to. This dream has failed me.

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Ya, I think you have to take the upper arm completely off.  Sorry about that. Same thing happens to me when I try to do algebra.  :lol: :muffin:

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« Reply #1062 on: February 22, 2017, 03:43:55 pm »
On the plus side, I bought myself proper truck jack stands and a properly reaching service jack so I don't have to stack 2x4's and shit under stuff just to get the thing up in the air.

The tire change jack that comes with the vehicle cannot raise it enough to get the wheel off the ground without at least one 2x4 under it. Kind of, uh, defeats its purpose.

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« Reply #1063 on: February 22, 2017, 03:53:03 pm »
Ya, I think you have to take the upper arm completely off.  Sorry about that. Same thing happens to me when I try to do algebra.  :lol: :muffin:

I don't think either control arm needs to be removed.  The BJ press c-clamp fits with plenty of room up in there.



But yeah, just too many stuck fasteners to want to deal with it.  Need to remove the sway bar end links to fit a socket and breaker bar under the UCA to get the BJ out...and I know that one's stuck as frig 'cause I attempted taking my sway bar off once before.  Couldn't get the upper brake caliper bolt out, so I didn't get far...lol. I need a longer breaker bar.


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« Reply #1064 on: February 22, 2017, 03:58:13 pm »
Air tools and lifts make everything possible.
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« Reply #1065 on: February 22, 2017, 04:13:53 pm »
Air tools and lifts make everything possible.

Indeed. Some day!

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« Reply #1066 on: February 22, 2017, 04:37:37 pm »
The shop will probably remove the arms and use a hydraulic press to do the BJs. A little more work but easier.
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