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Old 08-08-2017, 05:58 PM
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Front end help

I'm trying to bust the nuts off my front end links but ball joint is spinning with the nut. I have a 18 volt Milwaulkee 1/2" impact and it just spins.

I'm going to replace the front upper control arms, tie rods, and endlinks.

Any tips or tricks?
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Re: Front end help

Best advice is to cut them off and replace them with Moog endlinks. Makes it easier to take the endlinks off the next time

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Re: Front end help

sawzall. the end of the bolt has a spot for an allen key so you can hold it still while you manually loosen the nut, but like any 6th gen, yours are probably rusted to hell and won't cooperate anyhow. the best bet is to cut them.
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Re: Front end help

I just used a Metabo blade in my 4 1/2" grinder and sliced them off. It was a quick job to swap them out. The bushings took longer though. I think I swapped everything out in an hour and a half.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:11 AM
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Re: Front end help

Well my front right upper ball joint has stripped threads. I guess the jack hole who did the front end work before way over tightened the nut and partially stripped it because when I went to tighten it down to 40ft lbs it just spun out and the inside of the nut was smooth as glass.

Guess I'll have to drop 140 bucks on a front end kit off eBay. New upper control arms with ball joints. Tie rods and end links. I need new tie rods badly anyways.

So where are you cutting the end links at? Right behind the nut?
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Re: Front end help

Here's how to do it, pop that plastic end cap off, get a pair of vice grips and clamp it on the ball that sticks out, hold on and hit the nut with your impact.
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Re: Front end help

Wow am I an idiot. I looked closer and the bolts for the end links had Allen keys in them. The end links came off easy. The bottom one had to clamp onto the ball.

Finished up the passenger side upper control arm, end link, and outer tie rod. Got it all back together and *******g realized I had lost the key for my lug nutz. The idiot before me had two different types of lug nut keys. So now I still need to finish the driver side but I can't get the wheel off yet.


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Re: Front end help

Got the passenger side tie rod on and was torquing down the nut to the knuckle and the F'ing threads started to strip. Fml. Contacted the eBay seller.
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Re: Front end help

thats what happens when you buy off ebay.

moog ones are cheap AF and solid. get those instead.
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