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post #1 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Just changing my front lower Ball Joints and was wondering if there was any tips or suggestions you guys can give me to make it easy? My bike is a 03 500 at.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-15-2010, 12:15 PM
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Pickle forks are your friend when it comes to removing ball joints.

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What are pickle forks?
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A ball joint fork. Looks like attached pic
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Air hammer with a pickle fork is even easier.
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Is the pickle fork used to separate the balljoint from the knuckle? Once the ball joint is free from the knuckle does the entire A arm need to be removed to replace the ball joint or can it be done with the A arm still attached. I don't have a pickle fork, is there anything else I can use. Sorry, I have never replace a ball joint and Im just trying to learn.
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i just remove the c clip and use a socket and a hammer...I changed three of them in about 20 mins

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So u didnt need a pickle fork to release the ball joint from the knuckle? Once the cap screw is removed, does the ball joint just drop from the knuckle?
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i dont even know what a pickle fork is lol...I just took the bolt out tapped a flat screw driver into the splitter thing and it drops out of the hub.

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After u remove the ball joint clip, Does the ball joint remove up through the a arm, I know u said u use a socket, Im just trying to picture how to hammer it up and out?
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