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OEM Ball Joint doesnt fit right - Gurus Needed

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CakeD, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Apr 5, 2018 at 7:15 PM
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    CakeD

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    Hey Guys,

    I have a 2003 doublecab with a strange balljoint issue that I've never seen before.

    I've installed a set of OEM toyota lower ball joints to find:

    1) The stud tightens to the point that the cotter pin hole passes the castle nut
    2) The joint seems to tighten so much that the boot is mushrooming around the spindle. I only can imagine the lower spindle edge will tear the boot as the truck turns.

    Has anyone seen something like this before? I am assuming the taper of the stud is too small or the taper of the control arm is too loose.

    I'm only assuming this just cant be right...any thoughts?? See picture of mushroomed boot and cotter pin past nut below
    1.jpg
     
  2. Apr 5, 2018 at 7:28 PM
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    Here is an imagine I found on the forum of another lower ball joint installed.

    You can see how much less mushroomed the boot is and how shorter the stud is.

    Did I get a bad OEM toyota part, or is my control arm NFG?

    2.jpg
     
  3. Apr 5, 2018 at 7:34 PM
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    Since you are finding the same problem on both sides I'm thinking you have the wrong parts.

    Is it possible they sold you 2nd Gen. BJ's?

    EDIT: You are correct though, somethings amiss there. That boot wouldn't last a few days.
     
  4. Apr 5, 2018 at 7:58 PM
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    For reference, this is what was ordered.

    43330-39556

    43340-39436
     
  5. Apr 5, 2018 at 8:08 PM
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    Are those correct for your year?

    Are those what was received?

    When held up to the old ones, are they the same length?

    I've pulled my hair out before from mislabeled parts. Had a set of shocks once that someone switched the boxes on.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2018 at 8:51 PM
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    Did you use a torque wrench?
     
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    There's no way to over torque the right dimension taper to that point.

    Something's wrong.

    Had that been a Chinese knock off, I'd say they just machined a batch too small but for a Toyota OEM....it has to be a wrong part.

    No way the spindle on both sides are that worn or they would obviously be just wallowed out holes.
     
  8. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:03 PM
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    2nd gens are a completely different design. No possible way.
     
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    hmmm.

    That complicates things.

    May have to do some measuring.

    Where were they bought from?

    What kind of shape were the old ones in?
     
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  12. Apr 6, 2018 at 8:27 AM
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    According to Amazon these are the right parts. I am interested in this as I was considering purchasing these.


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  14. Apr 6, 2018 at 8:31 AM
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    Correct. 2nd gen ball joints come with the control arms.

    upload_2018-4-6_11-31-30.jpg
     
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    To me, that appears to be the pre-runner lbj
    C92873B5-1F90-4B76-840D-2ACB7BCA41F3.jpg
    Edit:
    This part number says it would not fit my 99...maybe something is different on the early tacos? The parts I bought say that they would also fit the later first gens though...so I don’t know
     
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    Pretty sure the pre-runner and 4wd are interchangeable.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2018 at 8:51 AM
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    Not saying it’s not an issue with the taper, but I have seen overtightenedd upper and lower ball joints press too deep into the control arm holes from excess torque “I.e. cheater pipe”. When this happens you have to replace the whole arm....
     
  18. Apr 6, 2018 at 8:51 AM
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    I would’ve thought so too.
     
  19. Apr 6, 2018 at 9:51 AM
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    Do you have a ball joint for a 2wd non-prerunner or non-4x4??
     
  20. Apr 6, 2018 at 10:34 AM
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    Am I the only one who sees the description as 95-02 and the op's truck is an 03?
    Or maybe that just pertains to the 4Runner as their 4th gen started in 03.
     

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