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Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71

Mine are shot. Need to change em. They've already been changed once so there's no rivets to deal with.

Idler arm/pittman arm/tie rod ends are also in bad shape but not about to explode yet.

Does anybody have a rough time/dollar estimate for this job for two fairly inclined people and a case of beer?
This post was edited on 10/9 at 8:22 pm



Boats n Hose
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
I thought you measured your time in cases of beer?


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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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I thought you measured your time in pieces of firewood split


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
It's so hard to do accurately with mechanic work.


Ole Geauxt
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two fairly inclined people and a case of beer?

which two of your buddies you buyin' the beer for?


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It's so hard to do accurately with mechanic work.


True. You run into a hangup and boom 2 beers gone in seconds.


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Nodust
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
May néed a case and a half.

But Just soon get two.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
Slickback and BoatsnBourgs. My personal mechanics.


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You need a press of some sort to press the new ball joints in?


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
I'm more concerned with getting the old ones out.

They're so bad that I'm scared to drive it.


Boats n Hose
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
Noisy?


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
Very very very loose and wobbly


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Ole Geauxt
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Noisy?
not particularly, but fairly loud..


greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
the top bj unbolts if theyve been done before.

the bottom you can knock out with a hammer but you will need a ball joint press to install.you can use a 12" or larger c clamp and some sockets or pipe if you cant get a bj press.


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Slickback
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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Slickback and BoatsnBourgs. My personal mechanics.



If your counting in me to fix shite you better allot an extra day and case of beer.


Your bro see shite today?


KingRanch
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If there's beer I'm helping


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Your bro see shite today?


Saw a few after dark. No clue what they were.

Greasemonkey, could I get it out with a wheel puller?


Boats n Hose
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Definitely berwick monsters and a rougarou then


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beauxgy
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
save money and bruised elbows. Swap out the entire control arms from rockauto.com.

Otherwise you will need a press, and if you are keeping the car you are better off changing the control arms out completely


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
Hows swapping out the control arms any cheaper? Doesn't make any sense to me.

ETA: It's also got a suspension lift and idk if the control arms are factory or not.

This post was edited on 10/9 at 8:51 pm


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