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Old 08-20-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a Snipers Ball Tugger Tool that I can borrow or know where I can buy one? I'm in a pickle . I will pick it up and drop it off or pay shipping both ways. This is a last resort before I go to the machine shop. I live south of Ottawa, IL. This would be great if I can find one.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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why is that the last resort?

If you can't remove it with a hammer drill and a cup, you might as well get it to a machinist or shop so that you can have a bit less of a headache.

I assume you are doing the RCA kit, it'll be easier on your hands to just go to a machinist.

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Old 08-20-2013, 05:45 PM   #3
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I'm not sure I know what you mean by hammer drill and a cup? Explain please.

Any shop around here will be a few weeks before they can get to my knuckles. I live in a small rural town, not a lot of shops to choose from close by.

No RCA kit just 200K mi front end maintance... bearings, cvs ect.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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holy smokes....weeks? Even if you brought them the parts to press out? Worst case scenario I mean, you'd have to take the majority of the front end out and take it to a car quest or someone with a press (walk in to Harbor Freight and "test" their press maybe lol?, I did it as a youngen but my buddy worked there).

If you have an impact, preferably air. You can use a socket at the top of it while a c-clamp pushes on it. It will eventually come out, you'll need to position it properly and yes, it will slip so it'll take a few tries. Generally speaking though, not everyone has a compressor and impact strong enough.

Way WAY back when, they used a clamp and a drill with a cup at the base to push joints through...but that's old school tech.

These days, the control arms and ball joints are made in such a tight fashion that without either air tools or a press, it's nearly impossible.

I'm still dumbfounded why it would take that long.

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Old 08-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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I think you might misunderstand. I need to remove the ball joint out of the knuckle itself. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1989958
It is already out of the car. Thanks for your help though.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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Ahhh, see, they just do it backwards as they pull when the clamp method pushes.

Sorry, glad you got it out though!

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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If you have a hardware store locally and a way to hack down a piece of thick metal into a flat 2"x2" square, I could give you directions for how to make a ball tugger tool for less than 10$...it's truly not that complicated

If you were close-by I'd let you borrow mine.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:13 PM   #8
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http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...nt-puller.html

I see them on eBay every once in a while also.
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