Need another mechanic tip: lower ball joint studs turning with nuts?

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  1. MRGTX

    MRGTX Well-Known Member

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    The two 15/16 nuts holding the lower ball joint to the spindle are the subject of my current problem.

    While these are torqued pretty heavily (110 ft/lb I believe) they’re significantly more difficult to remove when the stud turns right along with the nut.

    There’s no obvious way (to me) to stabilize the stud...but I’m hoping that there is a solution that I’m just not aware of.

    Is there a trick? Any suggestions are welcome.

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  2. AJ/FormS

    AJ/FormS 68 B'cuda fb, Form S clone ... 367/A833/3.55s FABO Gold Member

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    Mine don't have studs but rather HH bolts

    But if I had your stud problem; there are at least four possible solutions
    1) grind the head off the stud, and punch it out
    2) tack weld the stud to the spindle
    3) heat the nut up cherry red,let it air-cool, then spin it off with an impact.
    4) torch the nut off
    5) if I absolutely had to save the "stud", I would weld another bolt , or a rod, crosswise across the head of the rivet and use it for a handle.

    99) I would not put a stud back in there. On my Barracuda, that bolt is also the stopper and goes in the other way; the bolt-head having a round head, it bangs into the LCA to limit steering angle.IIRC the knuckle is threaded, and the nut is on the disc side. That washer is not supposed to be where it is either, but may have been installed like that, to adjust bump-steer.
     
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    • Treblig

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      If you talking about the ball joint (LBJ), I always put a jack under the ball joint and put enough pressure on the tapered stud (from the bottom) to cause it to jam in the "spindle" taper. Then you can usually turn the nut with no problem. Sometimes you have to put a lot of weight on the jack but eventually the tapered stud will get stuck in the spindle taper.

      But your pic has red arrows pointing to the arm that's attached to the spindle???
      treblig
       
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      • Mopar Tim

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        Vice grips on the stud, then an impact tool.
         
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          Mine uses low profile hex head bolts. Why does there appear to be a washer between the spindle and ball joint?
           
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          A absolutely agree with mopar Tim , that's how I did mine .
           
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          • MRGTX

            MRGTX Well-Known Member

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            I just grabbed that picture from the page for Mancini Racing camber spacer kit.
             
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              Thanks! I’ll give it a shot. I’m still working without an impact wrench but I will look into borrowing one.
               
            • Mopar Tim

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              Was wondering about the washer/spacer.
               
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              Maybe try grinding the "lead" off a 6 point socket to grip the bolt head.
               
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