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Old 03-02-2013, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question upper ball joint socket

I searched and didnt find a definitive answer, what size socket do I need to replace my upper ball joints? my truck is still at the body shop so i cant go out and measure the ball joint. I get the truck back on Wednesday and would like to dive right into the front end work so i need to have tools/parts here by then. I ordered a otc press for the lowers, moog severe duty springs, napa ball joints (upper/lower), a fan, radiator, fender, and an aftermarket winch bumper.
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It is not a regular socket.Ask for a ball joint socket and if you dont have a3/4 inch drive ratchet you will need an adaptor,or you can use a large pair of channellock pilers and a pipe.
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But what size 2 1/8? I assumed there would be only one or two sizes but there are many. I am going to buy this socket online
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An easy way is to order a new balljoint. Then you can see which socket fits it. When I looked years ago that socket was around $45.

Years ago I had a mopar car. I needed to replace the balljoints. One night in welding class I took some 1/4" steel bar welded it together and made a socket. Before you get to excited I made the mistake of putting the wrong size nut on top. I did not have a socket that big. I then welded a nut I had a socket to fit on top of that. It was just a square top on the balljoint. I even used an impact gun to take the sockets out (not in). Although it showed some wear that homemade tool worked for the life of that old car. In fact, I should still have it (and the $45 a real one would have cost).
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Match it up at NAPA, they probably have the socket in stock
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But what size 2 1/8? I assumed there would be only one or two sizes but there are many. I am going to buy this socket online
It is not a normal socket. Ebay,Mac,Snapon,is the where you will find it
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I just want to know if its a 2 1/8 ball joint socket or a 2 9/64 or something else I can get them for +/- $45 but i only want to order one one time. Wright, sk, sunnex, as well as the truck brands make them they are relatively easy to come by in MANY sizes
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Sorry,it is the big socket.
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I ordered the wright 6889 socket which is a 2 1/8 ball joint socket, it fits my new ball joint very well and only cost $40 with shipping and every thing, thats pretty good for an American made specialty socket
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