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    Worked with the front knuckle last night. Also raised the car up a little bit. Back tires are on ramps, and front is resting on four jack-stands. Everything went well, except I couldn’t get the ball-joint stem to break free of the knuckle. Here we go again… I read all the how-to’s. Pried down on the LCA with a 5’ steel bar, tried whacking the ball-joint on the side while pushing down….nothing. Ball-joints are rather knew, with about 2,000 miles on them. I don’t want to saw them off, and don’t want to use my pickle fork either…trying to re-use these ball-joints since they are new. I soaked the stem with PB blaster for now, and I’ll be back at it later this week. Thinking I need to push down on the LCA with significantly more pressure then I was.

    Spare tires is on for axle nut removal. Picked up this handy trick using the write up in the link below. When that thing finally gave, what a POP! It was so loud, thought I broke something

    Link. This guy has a lot of good walk throughs:
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    Hub came off no problem. Both front hubs are pretty knew, also with 2,000 miles on them. Will be re-used:


    Sensor bracket survived. Wire wheeled as best I could without wasting too much time. Then OSPHO. I’ll hit it with some Rustoleum before installing:


    Splined bolts came out without much issue. It’s just that damn ball-joint that’s in my way now:
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    pop them bolts back in the strut, just to hold it tight, then take your pipe there and wedge it under the frame between the lca so that you can lean on the pipe and its pushing the lca down, with the ball joint nut off, lean on the pipe, smack the ball joint with a BFH a few times, it will pop right out for ya.

    un hook the sway bar end links if they are hooked up still. or it holds the lca up.

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    ^ ^ I was thinking the same thing about the strut bolts... they need to go back in. For sure. Sway bar is un-hooked. I also think I need to lean on the pipe more, to put more downward pressure on the LCA. I kinda half-assed it yesterday. But thinking about it now, there's nothing there that can break so I will just lean on it almost dead-weight style, and smack the ball-joint. If the weather holds up, I should get back out there this Wednesday or Thursday.
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    you can kinda stand on the pipe, then have a pal hit it. or you'll need to be somewhat flexable, or a god damn lank like myself. i got em off solo. used a little roofing hammer and just leaned on the pipe with the other hand. im also heavy lol

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    That makes 2 of us then. Haha. I'm coming in at 6'6" ; 260. Should be able to handle it solo. Shyyyt...If I lean too much car might tip. Lol.

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    you sound like you could be my brother. i just lost 10 lbs or so, so im down to 250 range, and 6'6 as well. you'll manage just fine.

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    Aww I smell a bromance
    Just a bunch of junk thrown together http://www.grandprixforums.net/threa...shes-a-runner)

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    homos


    I would just replace the lca easier

    but your luck you wont get the bolts out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wowitsfast View Post
    Aww I smell a bromance
    Quote Originally Posted by ItHurtz View Post
    homos


    I would just replace the lca easier

    but your luck you wont get the bolts out.

    whats your names, neal and bob? or is that what ya do?

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    we dont do each other if thats what your implying omo+h

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    Quote Originally Posted by wowitsfast View Post
    Aww I smell a bromance
    Quote Originally Posted by Scottydoggs View Post
    you sound like you could be my brother...
    We're 3800 brothers. Lol. 3.8-4-Life! Especially since these W-bodies sure are comfortable, even when you're 6'6".

    Quote Originally Posted by ItHurtz View Post
    but your luck you wont get the bolts out.
    Yep. That's what I'm expecting. Those outter tie rods might have been stock, I don't know... The ball joints are newish so they might not have seized up as bad as that tie-rod.
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