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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 05-30-2002 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the repair manual that i have says the ball joints aren't replacable for my '89 gt. it says that the entire control arm needs to be replaced. but i see ball joints and bushings for sale in magazines....are they replacable or not? and how hard would it be to replace

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wythors
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From: The cold, gray Pacific Northwest
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posted 05-30-2002 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wythors   Click Here to Email wythors     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is correct. The ball joints and lower control arms are replaced as a unit. The good news is that they're not overly expensive and you don't need a press.

Dave

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FISHTAIL
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From: Waldorf MD USA
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posted 05-31-2002 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Errrr, are you sure about that? I have never heard of not being able to remove the ball joint from teh control arm. Granted....it would be a PITA but I do'nt see why you couldn't knock that sucker out of there. At any rate....being that you have an older car replacing the whole arm probably isn't that bad of an idea anyway. Chances are that your control arm bushings are also in need of replacement. And those are a MAJOR pain. I'd get a new control arm before I went through the hassle of changeing those reluctant bastards out. FRPP has a set that you can get through summit for a reasonable price. I"m still pretty sure that you can replace the ball joints, they are listed as a seperate part in my computer at work, and there is a labor time for replaceing them. However......they are NOT cheep items. I think they list for around 75 dollars each or so for a moog. Considering that the entire arm is like 100 something(last I checked anyway) it's definatly worth it to replace the arm.

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
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FISHTAIL
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From: Waldorf MD USA
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posted 05-31-2002 12:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another thing......what has led you to believe that they are worn out? I have 170k on mine...and while they are not perfect, they aren't loose or binding yet. They are sealed units....and tend to be pretty durable.

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
VP and co-founder of CMTC www.cmntc.com

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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 06-02-2002 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i just figured as long as i had the front-end tore apart that i should just replace everything so i don't have to take it apart again anytime soon

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FISHTAIL
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From: Waldorf MD USA
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posted 06-02-2002 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh...well I wouldn't worry about it. It's not hard to get to them anyway. Save your money and don't spend it until you need too. .

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
VP and co-founder of CMTC www.cmntc.com

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