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Old 02-07-2005, 07:46 PM   #1
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Getting 2 Goodyear Regatta'* put on the car today the "Tire Technician" or whatever they are called, wanted to show me something. I wasn't happy...

So my Left front Ball Joint has been smoked... LakevilleSSEi is gonna be doing his soon as well, so we're gonna have a ball joint party it sounds like. We're planning on just doing the control arm and ball joint at once, instead of swapping out the joint itself.

Any tips I should know that aren't in the books? Are there any Poly-Urethane Control arm bushings, or are there just regular rubber ones? They did like my endlinks, guess the red stands out some. They also liked the exhaust from what I heard them doing in the lobby.
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I'm in need of control arm bushings too but did not find the correct application at Energy Suspension'* website. Haven't done much exploring since then.

Isn't there a special tool reqd to flare out the steel part of the new bushing? If so, where do you get that tool?
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I assume that Autozone would have the stuff. I know some Moog stuff works on our cars too. I'd check on it when i'm done with Homework.

Anyone got any Control arm/ball joints? Marty?
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It'* easier to do the ball joint than the control arm. The only tough part is getting the old rivets off. If you don't have a torch or pneumatic chisel, then try either drilling through the rivets with progressively bigger drill bits or use a mini grinder.

Be sure not to enlarge the rivet if you're using a drill.

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92-99 minimum should be compatable right?

What are P/N for ball joint'* and/or Control arms?
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Don't go Gm, don't swap the whole arm. AutoZone parts. I did it in a day with an injured arm and ribs.
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Don't go Gm, don't swap the whole arm. AutoZone parts. I did it in a day with an injured arm and ribs.
Well that sounds enticing......lol
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Don't go Gm, don't swap the whole arm. AutoZone parts. I did it in a day with an injured arm and ribs.
Well that sounds enticing......lol
I got the injuries when the ball joint failed, not while fixing it
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Ok.......Just wondering lol.....
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I've replaced all 4 on my car, I used MOOG parts.

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