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Old 09-28-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Changing UCA's question

I'm doing my LR UCA swap tonight and tomorrow. I need to know how to separate the ball-joint shaft from the spindle? I would prefer not to use a fork and tear up the boot. I called to AutoZone but they said all they had was the pickle fork. I know there is a tool that pushes the shaft up through the spindle but I cant think of the name of it. Or if any one has an idea please speak up.

Also any pitfalls I should look out for while doing this.


Thanks in advance.

Edit: Ball joint seperator.

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http://www.autopartsandstuff.com/wil...ointsepar.aspx
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I'm doing my LR UCA swap tonight and tomorrow. I need to know how to separate the ball-joint shaft from the spindle? I would prefer not to use a fork and tear up the boot. I called to AutoZone but they said all they had was the pickle fork. I know there is a tool that pushes the shaft up through the spindle but I cant think of the name of it. Or if any one has an idea please speak up.

Also any pitfalls I should look out for while doing this.


Thanks in advance.

Edit: Ball joint seperator.

This
http://www.autopartsandstuff.com/wil...ointsepar.aspx

loosen nut but don't remove
hammer on the spindle
if that doesn't work

remove nut
put nut on upside down and level with BJ bolt
tap upwards
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I put in mine 2 days ago, just hammer it carefully it should come right off.

Also any pitfalls I should look out for while doing this. YES

BE SURE to hold onto the spindle while your doing it tho, or it could mess up the abs data cable thats attached to it if it falls freely after you seperate the stock uca. You need to unbolt the bracket on the uca that is holding it and then carefully pry the cable out of the bracket so you dont let it bend sharply while your doing the swap, cause it will be under some tension.

getting the long bolt out was the ruff part tho.
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I'm doing my LR UCA swap tonight and tomorrow. I need to know how to separate the ball-joint shaft from the spindle? I would prefer not to use a fork and tear up the boot. I called to AutoZone but they said all they had was the pickle fork. I know there is a tool that pushes the shaft up through the spindle but I cant think of the name of it. Or if any one has an idea please speak up.

Also any pitfalls I should look out for while doing this.


Thanks in advance.

Edit: Ball joint seperator.

This
http://www.autopartsandstuff.com/wil...ointsepar.aspx

Ask for this: Pitman arm puller.

They have it for rent.
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loosen nut but don't remove
hammer on the spindle
if that doesn't work

remove nut
put nut on upside down and level with BJ bolt
tap upwards
Thanks for all the replies this is actually what ended up working the best- hitting the spindle with a hammer. Leaving the nut on is key.

The only thing was the amount I had to bend on the passenger side inner fender. I really had to bend it a significant amount it looked like $h!t especially knowing my truck hasn't even had its first oil change. Either way it wasn't hard it did take me about 3 or 4 hours doing it by my self in my garage.
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