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Old 05-18-2010, 06:18 PM   #26
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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.
Yup, the ball pulled out of the socket. Like I said, I'm pretty sure the joint was over flexed in the crash and that it waqs ready to come apart anyway. Still annoying as hell.


I have a set of 2005 STi knuckles in my garage right now that were under water for a significant period of time. A 20 ton press could not press out the bearing/hub from the knuckle. If the ball joint retaining bolts had not snapped off in the knuckle, I'd be super interested to see if your tool could pull those ball joints out! And before you ask why the hubs were under water, I'll just say that I was ripped off badly on a swap earlier this year.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:19 PM   #27
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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.

I would buy. Fo sho.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:30 PM   #28
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I'm back on land. Been meaning to give you guys a call but it's been crazy at work. Working on putting my car back together after spinning a rod bearing.

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Old 05-19-2010, 12:15 AM   #29
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I'd buy one and stash it in the tool cart. I'm at 110K, so I'll be needing it sooner rather than later.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:44 AM   #30
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I'm actually in need of one of these like now, My ball joints are pretty terrible to say the least.

is there the possibility to buy one of these now? I'm at 160k and live in the northeast !!!!
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:36 AM   #31
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Not right now, but i have a bunch of material coming in this afternoon. So, not long from now. Just need to sort out some details.
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:42 AM   #32
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I'd buy one. Sooner or later it would come in handy.
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:47 PM   #33
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bloody marvelous
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:17 AM   #34
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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.
My first attempt at doing my ball joint on the passenger side resulted in bolting everything back up and going at it a day later. The driver side then tooke me 20 min start to finish. Vice grips are your friend.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:22 AM   #35
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Why wasn't this around when I did mine.

I had to take my knuckles off. I then had to hammer the ball joint studs out of the actual joint housing. Then I had to crush the housing to remove it from the knuckle.

/cry
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:01 AM   #36
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Great idea on the tool.

Im just glad when I put my roll center kit on that I live in the south. I just hit mine with a 5lb brass hammer from the bottom about 10 times and they popped right out. One side flew out so hard it hit the fender liner and just missed my face as it shot out
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:36 AM   #37
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Great idea on the tool.

Im just glad when I put my roll center kit on that I live in the south. I just hit mine with a 5lb brass hammer from the bottom about 10 times and they popped right out. One side flew out so hard it hit the fender liner and just missed my face as it shot out

Safety glass's can save a man's eye now. ITs all fun and games till someone loses and eyeball.

I so want one, my ball joint boots are all cracked up and its getting close to that time for me to get new ones finally.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:28 PM   #38
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Vice grips are your friend.

Vice grips were not enough in my case. Those suckers were in there for real.

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I had to take my knuckles off. I then had to hammer the ball joint studs out of the actual joint housing. Then I had to crush the housing to remove it from the knuckle.

/cry
Yeah, that's why i'm making these. Only one man need cry at the expense of a ball joint. After that we, as soft, pink-skinned, useless invertebrates, must unite in our tool-using-ness and defeat those rusty bastards.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:30 PM   #39
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Many times have i pulled the knuckle to do balljoints, sucks big time.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:07 PM   #40
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oops made a suggestion that wouldn't work.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:14 PM   #41
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feel free to make stupid suggestions. They spark ideas even if they're unworkable.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:38 PM   #42
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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.
i'm in.

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sell them now!
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:54 PM   #43
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Yeah, that's why i'm making these. Only one man need cry at the expense of a ball joint. After that we, as soft, pink-skinned, useless invertebrates, must unite in our tool-using-ness and defeat those rusty bastards.
Perfectly summed up.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:05 AM   #44
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Vice grips were not enough in my case. Those suckers were in there for real.

Damn.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:02 PM   #45
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A combo deal with the Whiteline RCA's would be awesome! I would make that purchase!
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:59 AM   #46
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simple, but great idea. Similar to front wheel bearing puller kit...
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:30 AM   #47
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this is the coolest tool evar! these need to be sent to every subaru dealership!


Sniper1rfa, you need to get in touch with kent moore or snap on. they pay good money for tool ideas that actually work and SLAY physical time on flat rate jobs.......because those are the tools that customers like me buy. spend money to make money is the name of the game being an auto tech and there isnt a single doubt to the true value of these things!.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:24 AM   #48
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Any updates to the details as to if and when these might make it out?
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:31 AM   #49
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This is an awesome tool...when these go on sale, I will be buying me one of these! Good Work!
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:47 AM   #50
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Nice tool. I just loosened the nut a few twists, put a board on top and they came out with a few bangs.
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