trying to remove bottom ball joint

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    17dartandbroke Well-Known Member

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    72 D A R T......I was told to load up the torsion bar(turn all the way clockwise) and beat on the bottom ball joint with a few turns off of the nut that goes on it. The shock is disconnected too. This is not working at all. Anyone have any tips or can tell me what i'm doing wrong. Trying to beat night/mosquitos.
     
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    I don't think they meant Load the torsion bar. Should be unloaded.
     
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    Did you unbolt the spindal from the lower baljoint yet?
     
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    no

    so I should leave it the spindle connected up top, unload the torsion bar, and disconnect the lower balljoint from the spindle?
     
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    and then just keep beating on it with a pickle fork?
     
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    Unload it, unbolt the spindle and move it out of the way. You should have a clear shot at it now. I have used 2 hammers, I smack both sides, at the same time, of where the ball joint goes thru the lower control arm to loosen it up. Then with the nut loose and so the bolt is flush with the top of the nut. Hit the top of the nut/bolt and it should drop out of the lower control arm
     
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    With the torsion bar loaded it is pushing down on the joint you are trying to remove out the bottom.
     
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    thanks * 9999999

    going work on it now!!!
     
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    Just don't smoosh the threads so you can't get the nut off
     
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    Some of them can be a real bear. One of my friends had a D uster. and he beat the crap out of it before it would come loose. He's a big boy to . His arms make my legs look small.
    Good Luck
     
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    update: going buy air hammer right now.....
     
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    none in stock at the store, bought some propane for my torch.....still didnt work.
     
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    Did you smack it on both sides at the same time?
    Then hit it from the top down?
     
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    no, I just hit on one side at a time, and then from the top down with the lower control arm supported so that it couldnt move down when i hit it
     
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    pickle
     
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    didn't
     
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    work?
     
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    after beating the thing with the pickle fork for a little over an hour i gave up on it
     
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    You need to hit both sides at once.
    It loosens the shaft up.
     
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    what
     
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    heck Was that Greg?
     
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