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Old 12-05-2007, 05:20 PM   #21
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Ok I got around to talking with a friend's friend who's dad owns a truck shop. He said he'll swing by tommorrow with a much thicker pickle fork. If THAT doesn't work, oh man idk...
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:05 AM   #22
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Ok - next idea -

Find yourself a pry bar. Put it in place where the pickle fork now is. Then, take the pickle fork and insert it again. This will give you a little more material to use as a wedge.
This is headed in the right direction... either a pry bar or something you can use to shim it and add thickness.

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Old 12-06-2007, 05:37 AM   #23
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+1 on adding a shim. You've opened it up quite a bit already so you should be able to get any number of "shims" in there. Keep at it dude, we're with you until that bad boy comes off.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:35 PM   #24
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Have you tried working your way around the joint? I think I worked the fork in a couple different places. Here is what I did.

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Old 12-06-2007, 02:34 PM   #25
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Mother****er. So this is how it got resolved. While I was away at school, my bro went into the garage. Hes a pretty clumsy kid, and not very mechanically inclined. He took the tie-rods out, and slammed it from the other side and it popped out. WOW. I was thinking about doing this, but after seeing how the other ball joints looked like (destroyed) I didn't wanna risk that with the tie rods. He said he just hit the tie rods themselves and they came out fine. I can't believe it, after all this effort, they came out that simply. And to think I was gonna use a propane torch...Ha.

Well, anyways, thanks alot guys for replying to my thread and helping me out, I'm glad theres people out there willing to help this much.

PS-After driving the car, everything seems nice and tight except when I turn the wheel to the right it sounds like the tire is rubbing on sumthing. I did front sway bars too, could it be something with that. Damn I just have the worst of luck with this DIY stuff
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:12 PM   #26
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Whatever it takes to get the job done. And don't lament the problems, you'll have stories to tell. Not good ones, but stories.

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Old 12-06-2007, 09:23 PM   #27
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Good job!

Just wait till you try something really challenging - lol.
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