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    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    On the highway today my left upper ball joint popped out of the control arm. When I installed them a few months ago they screwed in a little too easily so I wasn't that surprised when it happened.

    I was thinking about cleaning, sanding, and scoring the UCA's and Upper Ball joints then putting a good amount of JB Weld in the the thread area, then screw them back in to cure. I would also seal the underside with a nice bead of JB too. They are brand new PST Ball joints so I don't care about taking them back out of the arms.

    Has anyone tried this?

    My other option would be getting a mobile welder to stop by. Not sure how well the grease and joints would react to the heat though.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. abodyjoe

    abodyjoe Well-Known Member

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    jb weld? your nuts.. if anything have then actually tack welded in there.
     
  3. OUTLAW

    OUTLAW Master of All Mopars

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    JB welk although it is a miracle cure for somethings it is still just a plastic epoxy and won't take the abuse of a ball joint. A good welder knows how to weld the b/j in with out boiling the grease out
     
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    Put asmall tack weld on the edge and youll never have a problem.
     
  5. seabee

    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Thanks for the input guys, going to call a welder to tack them in.
     
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    RedFish Well-Known Member

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    Super glue would work better LOL
     
  7. seabee

    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    That is what's holding the wheel studs on.
     
  8. waggin

    waggin moving on ain't easy if you drive a Ford :p

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    send them back...if they dont fit proper then they werent made proper....welding them in will work but ........they should fit right....Just sayin...........
     
  9. mullinax95

    mullinax95 Well-Known Member

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    Bubble gum will work fine.


    Along with tack welds. lol
     
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    Duct tape
     
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    1968FormulaS340 Well-Known Member

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    If you weld these, I would use more than a simple tack weld.

    You are dealing with a possible failure here that could kill you, my mom, the neighbor kid down the street, the 4 year old girl walking her new puppy...........

    You don't want to be known as "the dude that killed the 4 year old with a puppy", for the rest of your life, do you?
     
  12. Bad Sport

    Bad Sport HALF A BUBBLE OFF Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    I think Chester needs spelling lessons, LOL.
     
  13. 805moparkid

    805moparkid Slant and AFX Guy

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    those crappy super thin threads in the UCA go away pretty fast...
     
  14. 6pk2goDemon

    6pk2goDemon Mopar Mod Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    If the ball joint popped out, I would suggest tack welding it all the way around the lip @ the seat. Or replace the arm.......
     
  15. TXDart

    TXDart Legandary Member Legendary Member

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    I would replace the arm and tack weld it.
    TXDart
     
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    All right guys all we need is some duct tape, a paper clip and some scrap wood. We will McGyver that bad boy in place. LOL
     
  17. Jim Lusk

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    The factory fix is to weld them in (about three welds around will do fine) if the threads are bad. I would remove the arms and take them to a welder if you don't have one. You could also replace the arms......
     
  18. seabee

    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Especially when the manufacturer pressed in the cheapo ball joints it shipped with.

    These went in easier than expected but still torqued snug to about 90 lbs. in hindsight I wish I would have gotten the PST tubulars but they required new spindles and $375. plus the $275 I already payed for the front end kit would have put it up into the project into >$800 bracket.

    I'll remove the arms and have the BJ's welded in tomorrow.
     
  19. Dart_Doctor

    Dart_Doctor Asa style

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    ok get new a arm and new ball joints this can kill u if it dont work
     
  20. mullinax95

    mullinax95 Well-Known Member

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    Aluminum foil.... works for bad reception on rabbit ears as well
     
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    ball bearings -- it's all ball bearing now guys!!

    seriously-- get some good upper arms -- plenty on this site-- swap the ball joints in & go -- or tack yours in---
    safety first!!
    Lawrence
     
  22. seabee

    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Thanks, it might work.

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  23. OneOfMany

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    Nice.. they even look like they are easily adjustable :)

    Grant
     
  24. mbaird

    mbaird mbaird

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    That's so funny ... I can barely type ....lol

    Yeah , don't be a "Puppy Killer" . Do it right .

    Although , I once rode my dirtbike 10 miles with a vicegrip holding the axle in place .


    Yeah... I was young....
     
  25. jomoper

    jomoper Mope or Nope

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    Don't forget about the weight savings ! "New variable geometry A-arms automatically adjust to changes in terrain".
     
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