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Old 05-17-2010, 05:09 PM   #1
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So Sniper emailed me and said he had something for me to try out. He has a new ball joint extraction tool.

He sent us one to try out, and it arrived today. So..... to try it out we grabbed a spare upright with the most rusted, gnarly ball joint we could find here at the shop.

Removed the pinch bolt
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This dude is AWESOME!
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:33 PM   #3
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:49 PM   #4
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They have the tool, so pictures are on them. I'm ordering up some stock tonight to make a handful. They should cheap enough to buy even for a single use.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:00 PM   #5
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I'll post some pics tomorrow. It really is badass!!

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Old 05-17-2010, 07:17 PM   #6
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:51 PM   #7
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Can't wait to see these. Ball joints are a PITA in new england. Have ended up pulling the knuckles off my car to replace them on the bench.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:36 PM   #8
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I must know what this tool is.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:39 AM   #9
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Pics.

Rusty ball joint.



The tool.





Tool installed







Backed it off to check progress. Works quite well.


That's it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:43 AM   #10
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:54 AM   #11
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wow, incredible.. my ball joints took probably at least 4 hours per side.. had to completely remove the knuckle from the car, wedge the slide open, and spin it forever with vice grips while spraying a ton of pb blaster in there, and it was still the biggest PITA ever..

awesome, incredibly simple idea.. not to mention, although usually when replacing ball joints you don't care about destroying them, but this makes that unnecessary.. good job
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:01 AM   #12
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Freakin' awesome! Great idea mang.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:06 AM   #13
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Dang. I did something similar and it broke the ball joint. The threaded part pulled out of the cup leaving the cup in the knuckle. I ended up having to use a hack saw to cut the cup through the gap in the knuckle and then use a hammer and chisel to crush the cup inward until it came free.

I should say that this knuckle was in a wreck and the ball joint was in bad shape so it was probably damaged causing it to separated. It would probably work just fine on unwrecked ball joints.

Depending on price, I'd probably buy one of these to keep in the tool box.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:39 AM   #14
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So simple, yet so smart. I'll take one when they're ready.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:58 AM   #15
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Interested! Want to buy the tool!
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:24 PM   #16
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I would sign up for one, any idea on potential cost?
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F'in brilliant man. Elegant, even. Subscribed so I know when I can buy one.
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sell these kits!
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:13 PM   #19
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Another thing to add to TIC's burgeoning online catalog. You could do a combo pack with Whiteline Roll Center kits.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:58 PM   #20
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wow, incredible.. my ball joints took probably at least 4 hours per side
You got lucky. When i did mine (and got the idea for this) i was looking on ebay at replacement knuckles the day after i started.


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usually when replacing ball joints you don't care about destroying them, but this makes that unnecessary.. good job
The production version will work without even removing the boot.

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Dang. I did something similar and it broke the ball joint. The threaded part pulled out of the cup leaving the cup in the knuckle.


Can you describe exactly how it broke? Like, did the ball/taper/thread unit literally pull out of the socket, or is there some other bit?

Don't know if i can do anything about that.

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Old 05-18-2010, 04:12 PM   #21
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You got lucky. When i did mine (and got the idea for this) i was looking on ebay at replacement knuckles the day after i started.




The production version will work without even removing the boot.





Can you describe exactly how it broke? Like, did the ball/taper/thread unit literally pull out of the socket, or is there some other bit?

Don't know if i can do anything about that.

So this is going into production
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:37 PM   #23
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Another thing to add to TIC's burgeoning online catalog. You could do a combo pack with Whiteline Roll Center kits.
OH SNAP!! That's a good idea!

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So this is going into production
We're working out details.
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Clever.

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