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Old 06-04-2012, 04:39 AM
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My 08 Dodge Cummins just rolled over somewhere around 115k. This summer I hope to get the balljoints, hubs, axle shaft joints and new diff covers front and rear. MagHytec--

The question I have is regarding the ball joints. Can I do these at home with my harbor freight ball joint press? I have done ball joints before on small Dana 30s. And actually they where on wheeling rigs that never seen the highway.

Definitely planning to use a high quality part. Either high end Moogs or Dynatrac ProSteers.

Same with the joints, I would like high quality parts. RCVs but I don't need them and my budget would not like them so much.

Hubs, you guessed it, best you can buy.

What can you fine folks recommend?
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:50 AM
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The Harbor Freight press will work but you got to be creative in how you press them out. I found on my truck do the lower first then the upper. As for leverage your going to need a 1/2 drive ratchet and a 4 foot long pipe over the handle then row like your sitting in a boat. Get some serious tension on the press then smack the knuckle side of the ball joint with a sledge hammer and it should pop out.

What ever you do don't heat the joints up with a torch.
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Also another good idea when reinstalling new hubs is to polish up (both sides if reinstalling the old one) and then coat the contact area with antiseize or grease. Last time I had my axle apart I was able to just remove my hubs by pulling them out by hand. No tools needed for removal.

Also a nice little trick for old stuck hub removal is to just loosen the bolts out about a quarter inch or a little more (all 4 of them). Then measure the distance between one of the bolt heads and a strong part of the flat surface on the axle side across from the bolt you choose. Then cut a large bolt or piece of large rod stock to that length. Then you need a buddy with a pliers to hold the piece between the bolt head and axle while you start the truck up and turn the wheel so that there is pressure on the bolt. Usually doing this on one bolt pops the whole bearing loose. I had one I needed to work on both sides. This trick works nice and also saves the bearing if it is still a reusable item.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:16 PM
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Also another good idea when reinstalling new hubs is to polish up (both sides if reinstalling the old one) and then coat the contact area with antiseize or grease. Last time I had my axle apart I was able to just remove my hubs by pulling them out by hand. No tools needed for removal.

Also a nice little trick for old stuck hub removal is to just loosen the bolts out about a quarter inch or a little more (all 4 of them). Then measure the distance between one of the bolt heads and a strong part of the flat surface on the axle side across from the bolt you choose. Then cut a large bolt or piece of large rod stock to that length. Then you need a buddy with a pliers to hold the piece between the bolt head and axle while you start the truck up and turn the wheel so that there is pressure on the bolt. Usually doing this on one bolt pops the whole bearing loose. I had one I needed to work on both sides. This trick works nice and also saves the bearing if it is still a reusable item.
Yeah. It sounds like my truck is the same song and dance pertaining to my Jeep stuff....just a whole lot bigger. Thanks guys for the input.
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Yea I figured you'd know, but thought I'd mention it for others that may read the post.
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