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Lower Ball Joint-replacement

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by TejasYOTA, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Aug 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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    TejasYOTA

    TejasYOTA [OP] Countinuous improvement

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    Replaced my 160,000 mile Lower Ball Joints this morning... about 2 hrs work.
    Super simple.... now it is good for another 100,000 plus miles of fun on the trails!
    Original... the torn boot was when I removed it.
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    New factory version.
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    Not going to bore you all about the install... I have it written up on my TTORA Garage Section.
     
  2. Aug 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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    Dirty Pool

    Dirty Pool She caught the KATY and left me a mule to ride

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    OEM, way to go. I'm steeling your pic for my data/image base.

    Now is the perfect time to put a dab of something across the bolt head/joint body so you can tell at a glance if any loosening is going on.

    Here JBWeld epoxy is used cause that's what was laying around and it's kinda thick. It's not there to secure anything, just to give a good visual if the bolt has moved, before they shear.

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  3. Aug 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    is the bj just held on by a castle nut and pin?

    I gotta swap mine sometime
     
  4. Aug 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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    Dirty Pool

    Dirty Pool She caught the KATY and left me a mule to ride

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    Ball joint to LCA by the castle nut.
    Ball joint to spindle by the 4 bolts notorious for loosening then shearing.
    Look at the pics above.
     
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  5. Aug 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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    TejasYOTA

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    Good idea... need to get a new tube of JBW anyways.
    When you did yours, did you also used the BLUE Loctite?
     
  6. Aug 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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    Dirty Pool

    Dirty Pool She caught the KATY and left me a mule to ride

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    Yea, plus I am a little nuts (maybe very nuts), definitely senile.

    Specifically for the 4 mount bolts, 1st I run a dull tap through, then a solvent laden gun bore brush followed by comp air. Additionally OEM joints have a preservative coating on the machined seat areas that should be removed (sometimes it's pretty thick, with thicker runs and blobs), then comes proper torque with Loctite. And as if that's not enough I dribble some Permatex "AfterLoc" on the tops of the bolts where they stick out of the spindle. If I have to service a CV shaft or something, I pop the ball joint stud and leave the bolts alone. I consider them borderline 1 time use fasteners.

    Permatex AfterLoc is some handy stuff. It's a penetrating thread locker made for after torque applications. I use it just to tell myself I did all that could be done. It is great stuff however, for fasteners that might benefit from "torque > thermal cycle > re-torque" then thread locker. EDIT, like rear diff carrier nuts.

    Good luck with your stay in "sick bay".
     
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  7. Aug 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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    Konaborne

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    awesome, thanks

    didn't know if there was something else holding the bj into the lca///if it would be as much of a PITA to swap as the uca haha
     
  8. Aug 24, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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    Dammit Cody !! Don't make me break out the pics that show the horror of failed LBJ's
     
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