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Unread 08-29-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Can someone tell me what size "pickle fork" do I need to get the ball joints loose? I am going to borrow one from my buddy tomorrow.What is the measurement between the forks? Thanks
Any tips as to not damage the ball joints?
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Unread 08-29-2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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Don't waste your money,the only thing they do is damage the boots.I've been wrenching my whole-life,over 25 yrs professionally,and I work at a suspension-shop,and don't own one.Take a pry-bar,if the joint has the nut on top of the spindle,put the bar on top of the tie-rod,with the end under the axle,frame,suspension,etc.Then give the steering-arm a good,sharp crack on the side with a decent hammer.It will pop right out.You don't need a lot of pressure on the bar,just your hand-pressure can usually be sufficient.Hope this helps.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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Don't waste your money,the only thing they do is damage the boots.I've been wrenching my whole-life,over 25 yrs professionally,and I work at a suspension-shop,and don't own one.Take a pry-bar,if the joint has the nut on top of the spindle,put the bar on top of the tie-rod,with the end under the axle,frame,suspension,etc.Then give the steering-arm a good,sharp crack on the side with a decent hammer.It will pop right out.You don't need a lot of pressure on the bar,just your hand-pressure can usually be sufficient.Hope this helps.
I don't own one either. This trick works great!
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Unread 08-29-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip. I'll give that a try.
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Unread 09-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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Worked like a charm! Thanks guys!
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