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Old 03-07-2013, 09:38 AM
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Hi all. New to the forumz. Decided to join as I refer to the information on here quite a bit.

Truck is an 03 4x4 SLT w/ 65k on the odo. I've owned it for the last 20k miles and the only real maintenance I've had to do was a power steering pump and some tires.

Now it's time for the dreaded ball joint replacement. My driver side lower is toast and so I will be replacing both the upper and lower. Passenger side is ok so I'll leave it alone for now. I'm also putting shocks on all 4 corners (KYB OEM replacements) and front brake pads.

I've seen DigitalBruce's youtube video of his 2wd swap and I know the 4wd will be slightly more of a pain but what the hell. I'll be getting the press from one of the chain stores... I have everything else required except for an impact wrench (axle removal). Hopefully I'll be able to engineer my way around that part.

Do any of you guys have any tips or tricks you learned while doing a ball joint replacement? Any "I wish I would have known that sh** before I started" type info is welcome.

I'm planning to document the job with either video or photos and then post the results as I haven't come across a detailed tutorial for the 4x4 version of this.

Thanks in advance for any information guys!
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make sure you can get your hands on a new front wheel bearing before you start. Some people have had to destroy the existing bearing in order to remove it.
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Why would this be the case? Just curious because I haven't heard of this before.
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Because they're a complete SOB to take out, especially if you don't have the special tools to do it.
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