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Old 07-19-2010, 12:10 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by mcopenha View Post
I posted a recent DIY on Xi control arms and bushings here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=778979. The content about the outer ball joint is similar I assume for non-xi's.

Don't use a pickle fork unless you're replacing the control arm. You'll ruin the boot on the ball joint. If you want to reuse control arms purchase a decent puller/separator as others have pointed out. You might also be able to get away with something like this http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...t=embedwebsite, but again, go with the right ball joint separator.
Or you can use my simple method below that works like a charm and doesn't damage anything, besides the nut.

Originally Posted by Kubica View Post
Ok. Ok. There is a very easy way to do this without special tools:

1) Remove the nut on the ball joint.
2) Replace the same nut, but only tighten one or two turns.
3) Hit the nut with a big hammer so the ball joint drops 1/2", but will still be attached with the nut.
4) Remove nut again. Balljoint should come free. Replace nut.
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