Parts cannon landed
HoustonRunner last edited by
When replacing the power steering hoses on the E28 a few weeks back I took a look at the front suspension. The ball joints and bushings for steering and the sway bar looked good, but the control arms looked a bit tired. Off to FCP Euro and new Lemforder units - upper and lower control arms. Went with the upgraded aluminum lowers to add lightness.
The job apparently isn't too bad if you have a decent set of ball joint tools. May start this evening, but will probably wait until this weekend. Normally I'd do it in my brother in law's garage since he has all the tools, but right now his Jeep is taking up the working spot. And since we took the transmission out yesterday it isn't going anywhere for a while.
@houstonrunner Looks like fun. I did that on my 2004 525i a few years ago. It definitely is a correct tools required job but so satisfying when its done.
mocamino last edited by
@houstonrunner It's definitely all about having the right tool. Ball joints became infinitely easier when I gave up on the pickle fork and bought one of these from Harbor Freight. I can't tell you how many hours I spent hammering away (and destroying dust covers) before my wife finally convinced me to buy the right freaking tool for the job. $20 was well worth it.
Of course you still have to have a press to get the ball joint out of the control arm and press the new one in (unless you're just replacing the control arm). The press is readily available at the parts store as a free loaner, so that's easily addressed. I've been tempted to just buy my own press from HF as well, but I don't actually replace ball joints all that often.
HoustonRunner last edited by
@mocamino I know the picture is horrible (left them in the bag, and the granite table isn't a great background), but I bought entire control arms with bushings and ball joints installed. Definitely need to check and see if my brother in law has the ball joint tools or if we need to borrow from O'Reilley.
mocamino last edited by mocamino
@houstonrunner I'll admit I didn't look THAT closely at the picture, either (or, apparently, read the post all that carefully). Last time I checked, the only tool they have for releasing the ball joint from the knuckle is a pickle fork. Sometimes they work fine...and other times you really need the tool I pictured. In your case you don't care of the dust covers get torn up since it's all being replaced anyway. If the pickle fork doesn't do the trick, I will whole heartedly vouch for this particular tool from HF. I beat on one ball joint for something like four hours and it still wouldn't come loose from the steering knuckle. A twenty minute trip to HF plus two minutes to use the tool and it was loose.
RamblinRover last edited by
new Lemforder suspension kit
Did that a while back for my W124 rear suspension. Worth every penny.