Lower ball joint removal

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  1. first&lastKJ

    first&lastKJ Full Access Member

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    I am going to replace my LBJ's in my 07. If I buy a ball joint removal tool will the 10 piece kit work?
    I don't need professional grade/cost tool.
     
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    That's what I used, years ago. "Rented" it from Autozone and never returned it. Has come in handy for several projects.
     
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    I just rented one from oreillys, you need the main tool and the "4wd balljoint kit" that includes longer cups wider hubs/caps.

    The total deposit for the rental was $225, and I dont replace enough balljoints to justify dropping that kind of coin on a VERY used and abused tool.
     
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    I definitely didn't spend that much! And I got lucky; the kit I rented was brand new.
     
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    I just ordered the astro pneumatic ball joint press 7865.
     
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    Actually, you don't need a kit. Take a 5lbs sledge and hammer on the tip of the bolt directly down. It'll slowly come out. Getting back in is much easier with a press. But definitely make sure you get the 4wd attachments from AZ, otherwise the presses won't fit. Even still, it's a fight.
     
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    The one I ordered has the 4wd attachments.
     
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    I am interested to see how the astro tool kit works out. $225 was too steep, but $70 might be easy enough to swallow the next time I need it.
    Based on what everyone is saying about moog, that may be sooner than I had hoped (I just put in moog problem solvers).
     
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    The astro press gets really good reviews on you tube. I know I could have rented one but I needed an excuse to buy a new tool. Last time I rented one it was filthy, had some cracked receiver tubes and had been very abused.
     
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    UPS delivered my astro ball joint press. I am very happy with the quality of it. Hope it works.
     
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    ltd02 Comfortably numb KJ Supporting Member

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    I like mine. I bent the frame slightly on my OEM doing the lowers on my Ranger. The Astro seems a little more robust.