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Ball Joint Removal from Spindle

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Digiratus, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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    Digiratus

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    Need some help guys. Having trouble removing the upper ball joint from the spindle. Anyone that's done it before on a 1st gen have suggestions. Got it off the upper arm but can't figure it out how to get it off the spindle.

    Have removed the boot and removed the snap ring retainer.
     
  2. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM
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    From Ben AKA 98tacoma27...
    (I had thought about doing them myself but decided it wasn't worht the headache, paid a shop 300 to do it :rolleyes: )

    It's a press fit but you can use a puller to get them out and in.

    I prefer heat. They normally come right out with a little love taps from a hammer. Heat the UCA not the joint.


    How I do it:

    14 or 17mm wrench
    Something to pull the cotter pin
    Tap the forward side of the UCA and the joint should pop from spindle after the castle nut is removed.
    You will need a set of snap ring pliers to remove the snap ring.
    Heat the "loop" of the UCA where the ball joint sits. Try to heat it evenly and avoid getting it cherry.
    You should be able to "tap" it out.
    While it's hot, put the new UCA back in.
    Let UCA cool.
    Reassemble
     
  3. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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    Yeah, used a puller to get bj out of the UCA, thats not the problem. Its getting the bj out of the spindle.
     
  4. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    You can smack the upper part of the spindle (at the flat spot) with a hammer and it should just pop out.
     
  5. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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    modded the F*ck out
    He need to get the BJ out of the Spindle now the UCA.

    Like lisa said it's a press fit, you'll have to heat the spindle and beat the shit out of the BJ to get it out by hand. You'll also have to pull the snap rings out before it will move at all it's a huge pain in the ass without a press.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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    They do seem to be on there pretty good. I have pounded on them pretty good. it is a challenge to get a really big swing of the hammer because the fender is in the way.

    Have also tried a puller but the combination of the bj moving/deflecting and almost no lip to grab onto makes the puller ineffective. Have also tried heat from one of those hand held propane torches but it didn't help.

    One suggestion from another member was to remove the spindle altogether and press the bj out while holding the spindle in a vice.
     
  7. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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    modded the F*ck out
    do you have a large socket that will fit over the BJ and you can pound on that. I'm assuming that you're putting in your camburgs.

    I would pull the spindle all the way off too so you can get a better swing.
     
  8. Mar 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM
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    Yes, that was the plan. And we did "modify" a large socket that slid over the bj. Unfortunately, pounding on it did not budge it.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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    modded the F*ck out
    do you know anyone with a press?
     
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    I did mine with a 4-jaw puller and a lot of patience. You may want to buy a couple other types of pullers. They are handy.
     
  11. Apr 8, 2018 at 12:14 AM
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    @Digiratus What method ended up working for you? I'm trying to remove the UBJ from the spindle. Going to look for a 27-30 deep socket to press it out. Or cut the UBJ bolt, place a socket over it to press. Any help?
     
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    Did mine with a big ass C clamp and the honda ball joint adapter set. Yeah, I didn't have the proper set but I got it in/out. Make sure you remove the c clip holding it to the knuckle.
     
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    similar kit..
     
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    We ended up removing the spindles and taking them to a friend with a press.
     
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  16. Apr 9, 2018 at 8:10 AM
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    Thanks guys. I couldn't find the right size socket or adapter for rent that would clear the UBJ bolt and sit on the housing. I ended up cutting the bolt with an angle grinder. Then set a 32mm socket on the housing, a flat piece of steel on top to cover the socket hole, and pressed it out. What a journey.
     
  17. Apr 9, 2018 at 8:50 AM
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    I believe I had to cut it out too but I also need a cup underneath to help press out and catch the balljoint.
     
  18. Apr 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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    I used this guy's technique. Works great!

    http://www.bajataco.com/tech/control_arms_01.html

    For removing the upper BJ from the spindle, save yourself hours of frustration and swearing by just renting the proper BJ press tool from your local auto parts store... Also helps to throw the BJs in the freezer for at least a couple hours before pressing them in.
     
  19. Apr 9, 2018 at 2:24 PM
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    Hey guys . now where to get good bj’s upper an lower? Aftermarket ? I need to replaced mine soon went i do my suspension upgrade
     
  20. Apr 9, 2018 at 2:31 PM
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    The average 1st gen owner on this site is gonna say just get OEM Balljoints. Some disagree but I feel OEM is worth the money if you can afford it.
     
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