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05+ lower ball joint need help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sprocketdog, May 27, 2011.

  1. May 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM
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    sprocketdog

    sprocketdog [OP] Well-Known Member

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    DR coilovers, Camburg UCAs, Dakar rear springs, Bilstien 5150s, Demello sliders, rear plate bumper w/ swing gate, and alot more mods. [IMG]http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd368/sprocketdog1/059.jpg[/IMG]
    I have had issues with my lower ball joints recently and thought it was time to replace along with the wheel bearings. I have a set of federal mogal (Moogs) but once I pulled the factory lower ball joint out it is a smooth shaft (that fits into the lower control arm), and the new ones are splined. I checked with my digital caliper and the new ones are .02 off. Has any one used these before ( going from smooth shaft to spline?)

    :confused:
     
  2. May 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM
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    sprocketdog

    sprocketdog [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Sorry they are not Moogs they are napa part# 260-1736 I had them mistaken for the bearings.
     
  3. May 28, 2011 at 12:26 AM
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    rzimm001

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    King 10" coilovers w/ resi. 3.5" over long travel kit. Factory spindles w/ ALLPRO gussets. Total Chaos tower gussets. Energy Poly cab mounts and steering rack mounts. Glassworks fenders and bedsides. Home fabbed bed cage. King 2.5x16 bypass shocks in the rear. DMZ long travel rear end. Race radio (2meter). Removed secondary carbon air filter. Exhaust dumped before the axle / no muffler. Phram fresh air cabin filter. K&N replacement filter, After market stereo, Grillcraft grill, custom fabled roof rack with 7" HID's, PRP race seats.
    They'll fit. Running a moog (splined) ball joint myself. It's no easy task, but they will fit assuming you have the correct part number. I had issues getting the moogs to go in straight since I didn't use a press, but after repositioning the clamp a few times it worked.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2011 at 6:57 PM
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    rzimm001

    rzimm001 Tearmytaco

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    My way was ghetto. It might be worth it to drop the arms and have the ball joints professionally pressed out and the new ones pressed in. I used a standard ball joint press but had to order and extra cup online that was to the exact dimensions required for the toyota ball joint. Even then I still had to do some tool modification.

    Be sure your ball joints are the issue because it sucks trying to replace them yourself. My ball joints turned out to not be the issue I thought I was having :eek:
     
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  5. Aug 9, 2011 at 8:27 PM
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    rzimm001

    rzimm001 Tearmytaco

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    Anything is possible but for me it took the clamp compressed to the point of near breakage while I struck it with a sledge hammer over and over again. Only with that combination did I get it to budge. I couldn't hardly believe how stuck they were. Best of luck to you!
     
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