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Old 12-02-2019, 11:30 PM   #22
jmo69
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Originally Posted by EvaJuli View Post
Just ordered these, new FCAB, & inner joints....weekend project coming up.

Question is, can you get a ball joint separator in there or you need a pickle fork for the knuckle side (not the inners).
I was able to get the Harbor Freight tool in to drop the arm without damaging the boot. The Joint had only been in there a few years however. I just took my time and didn't go nuts tightening the separator and lots of pounding on the control arm to help it come loose. It was a tight fit and I had to tap the separator into place. https://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qu...tor-99849.html You'll need it for the inners anyway.
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