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greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71

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could I get it out with a wheel puller?


i knock out with hammer.

do u mean get the bj out the spindle or the arm...
knock out of a arm on lower and unbolt upper..
to remove from spindle .. take off nut and knock the shite out of the side of the spindle where the stud goes through. the impact will make the tapered stud come loose
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greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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. Swap out the entire control arms from rockauto.com.


the lower control arm aint cheap.

and if theve allready been replaced on the uppers the ball joints just unbolt
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beauxgy
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
there are upper and lower ball joints, and you never specified which were bad. It is labor stupid to only change out upper and not lower or vice versa. Especially on a car that is an antique. Ask any mechanic. I've been there and done that on 70's A-body cars and early to mid 90 GMs.

Find and join a website of current owners of the same car.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
Was talking about getting it out the spindle. Wasn't sure if beating the hell out of it was the prefered method. I'm 100% for using a hammer wherever possible

Can I also separate the bj from the control arm with a hammer?

I hate not having the right tools to do stuff.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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and you never specified which were bad


All four of them are shot

ETA: Lemme rephrase that. I am changing all four.

ETAagin: And tie rod ends while I have all that shite off. And possibly idler/pittman arm.

The entire front end is dogged out.
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greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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Was talking about getting it out the spindle.

hit the side of spindle. theres a knot sticking out, turn wheel to one side and knock the shite out of it.
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Can I also separate the bj from the control arm with a hammer?

the lower you can. just remove grease fitting first

I would go to autozone and rent a bj press. they refund the money when you bring it back..

get moog parts for everything def dont buy oreillys cheap brand they wont last a couple months


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beauxgy
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
If it were mine and I was keeping it, I would change all that shiate out if you are doing it yourself and saving on labor. Not a job you want to revisit, and you will need an alignment each time.
Get Moog , Dorman, Duralast or GM parts if available. Avoid Asian made parts at all cost.


I'm an old fart, I know these things



greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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ETAagin: And tie rod ends while I have all that shite off.

will need alignment

quote:

And possibly idler/pittman arm.

need a pitman puller and unbolt gear box from frame with 21mm. i think nut that holds pitman is a 36mm or 1 1/8"

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idler/pittman arm

make sure to get with grease fittings and grease with lucas red and tacky or lucas hevy duty


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greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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If it were mine and I was keeping it, I would change all that shiate out if you are doing it yourself and saving on labor. Not a job you want to revisit, and you will need an alignment each time.
Get Moog , Dorman, Duralast or GM parts if available. Avoid Asian made parts at all cost.


this..

dorman and moog arent what they use to be though

better than house brand by far
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beauxgy
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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dorman and moog arent what they use to be though


true,they put different parts in the same boxes all the time it pays to find a forum so you can learn from suckas who can point you in the right direction based on their mistakes!!!




greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
dont let the caliper just hang by the brake hose..
use a coat hanger or bailing wire [a must for any country boy] to hang it. it can damage hose


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greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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true,they put different parts in the same boxes all the time it pays to find a forum so you can learn from suckas who can point you in the right direction based on their mistakes!!!

I change about 2 set a week on op's type truck..lifted and all..

oreillys has worst parts ever!!
duralast from autozone seem o be pretty good.


beauxgy
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
he might find NOS parts on ebay under the right search strategy.

How many hp/tq does this thing have by the way? Is is a v8? rear wheel drive?

pics?



damn, just realized we are talking about a truck!! Same principles apply, but forget the pics, lol, thought it was camaro or vette when I saw Z cuz that's when I stopped reading, damnEd OB, shoulda known
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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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oreillys has worst parts ever!!
duralast from autozone seem o be pretty good.



I've always heard the opposite...

I was planning on getting GM parts anyway. Spend the money I saved on labor on good parts.


greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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quote:
oreillys has worst parts ever!!
duralast from autozone seem o be pretty good.


I've always heard the opposite...

I was planning on getting GM parts anyway. Spend the money I saved on labor on good parts.



its there house brand stuff that sucks.had 2 sets of ball joints not last 2 months and countless alternators,starters, and ac comp new and reman...

I would buy moog unless I could get dealer cost..


greasemonkey
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
I dont recommend trying without a ball joint press to install the lowers. might could do with huge c clamp


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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I would buy moog unless I could get dealer cost..


Ten four. Will do.



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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
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I dont recommend trying without a ball joint press to install the lowers


I'll rent one.


beauxgy
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
gmpartsdirect.com is good if you are patient


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Changing ball joints on an early 90's Z71
I'm mildly patient at best. Definitely wanna do it right though.


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