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Old 04-22-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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Replacing ball joints twice?

Anyone know if it would be a problem to replace the ball joints a second time on my stock control arms?. I used the raybestos crap ones a couple years ago instead of steeda x2's and they've been nothing but problematic, squeaky nightmares. Just wasn't sure if pressing a ball joint for a third time (factory did it 1st obviously) in the stock control arm would lower its integrity in any way?

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You will know if it is too loose or not when you are installing it.
The weight of the car is constantly pushing the ball joint down into the A-arm, so unless you are doing a lot of "Dukes of Hazzard" style jumping, it just needs to fit good and snug.
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Correction of my earlier post.

The weight of the car is constantly PULLING the ball joint into the A-arm.
I installed these X2's into the original A-arm's from my car and the passenger side had been replaced once. The ball joints both went in very snug.

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Shouldn't be an issue
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Cool, that's what I was thinking and wanted to hear. I'll know for sure on install, thanks

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It fell out. Pressing ball joints more than once is NOT recommended. I now have to find new control arms

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Yikes!

This sort of surprises me. I've heard of the X2 ball joints coming loose but they were always on cars equipped with coilovers.
Some guys tack weld the ball joint to the A-arm to prevent it from getting hammered out by the rebound from the coilover being attached to the spindle.

When you pressed in the ball joints did they seem to be hard to press in?
Or just slide right in?
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Yikes!

This sort of surprises me. I've heard of the X2 ball joints coming loose but they were always on cars equipped with coilovers.
Some guys tack weld the ball joint to the A-arm to prevent it from getting hammered out by the rebound from the coilover being attached to the spindle.

When you pressed in the ball joints did they seem to be hard to press in?
Or just slide right in?
They slid in fairly easy, I believe when I pressed in the first crap autopartstore raybestos replacements, it simply opened the hole too much, although this X2 has been problematic since purchase (zurg fitting stripped, and entire stationary zurg assembly/threads turned) Steeda said send it in, they'll glad SELL me a new one

An ancient gearhead said they used to used paperclips around the balljoint to hold em in there, I actually just did it, and it worked. Tac weld doesn't sound like a bad idea either, but I'm just gonna order new LCAs with ball joints already in.

Sucks, cuz this is a great excuse to go tubular, but they all require coilovers, and I just did springs/shocks/struts.

Looks like I have some gently used Steeda X2's for sale lol

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You can't get spring perches and use your springs?


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They slid in fairly easy, I believe when I pressed in the first crap autopartstore raybestos replacements, it simply opened the hole too much, although this X2 has been problematic since purchase (zurg fitting stripped, and entire stationary zurg assembly/threads turned) Steeda said send it in, they'll glad SELL me a new one

An ancient gearhead said they used to used paperclips around the balljoint to hold em in there, I actually just did it, and it worked. Tac weld doesn't sound like a bad idea either, but I'm just gonna order new LCAs with ball joints already in.

Sucks, cuz this is a great excuse to go tubular, but they all require coilovers, and I just did springs/shocks/struts.

Looks like I have some gently used Steeda X2's for sale lol

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I may be interested in the X2s if youre going to sell them. You havent used them for long IIRC? I will be getting some for my 03 for this summers mods. I know using used suspension parts is a no no, but I can trust another enthusiast, haha. Let me know, I wont need anything for a couple of months anyway.

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I may be interested in the X2s if youre going to sell them. You havent used them for long IIRC? I will be getting some for my 03 for this summers mods. I know using used suspension parts is a no no, but I can trust another enthusiast, haha. Let me know, I wont need anything for a couple of months anyway.

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I couldn't sell u these, they're scaring me lol. I do have MM CC plates I won't be using though, and I may be selling the accufab TB/plenum as well, I'll let u know

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I couldn't sell u these, they're scaring me lol. I do have MM CC plates I won't be using though, and I may be selling the accufab TB/plenum as well, I'll let u know

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I didnt read the whole thread, so I must have missed where those ones you have are bad, haha. Thats what I get for being hasty and not reading all the directions.

I would def be interested in your MM CC plates and TB/Plenum

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