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To remove these, you will have to give them a few good whacks. There is a small "shelf" cast into the knuckle (circled in yellow in the above photo) that provides a good place for the hammer to strike.
Finally, the axle will look something like this.
Once again, I would suggest doing this one side at a time so if
anything goes wrong; you can use the other side as a reference.
My project involved swapping axles, so I was removing everything
at one time.
Now its time to remove the old ball joints from the axle. As I mentioned, I failed to snap pics when I removed them from my HP30, but I setup the ball joint press on my old axle to show you how it will look. If I were you, I would just rent a suitable ball joint press from Autozone. However, I like to buy tools; they are like my big boy toys so I purchased a good quality ball joint press. Do not rely on a harbor freight u-joint tool, it might look the same, but I have heard they have a tendency of bending.
(Stu comment: What Frank said is very true....the HF tool is NOT up to this job!)
Here is mine, OTC PN: 7249 with the optional adapters for Jeep 4wd vehicles (PN:
7894). I�m not sure if the adapters are necessary, but they definitely work
great. You can see the MADE IN USA sticker�that�s what you are looking for IMO.
(Stu comment: The adapters are virtually a must have, in my opinion. They compensate for the odd angle that the TJ's ball joints are mounted at.)
Shown here are the press and the Jeep/Dodge adapters.
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