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From digest.v6.n614 Sat May 24 13:58:01 1997
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <>
Date: Fri, 02 May 1997 14:30:05 -0400
Subject: Control Arm Ball Joints

>From: Stuart Raike <>

> I bought replacement balljoints from BMP and
>installed them myself since I have access to a press. The ball joints
>were like $35 each. Please note - replacing just the ball joints is not
>for the faint of heart. You need a 10-ton hydraulic press and assorted
>plates and arbors to get the job done. Had I had it to do over again, I
>would have got the new steel arms as this is what my car was originally
>equipped with anyway.

I have to agree with Stuart on this one. I bought several sets of the long and short ball joints (Lemforder brand-OE mfg for BMW) expecting that it would be easy to press the old ones out and the new ones in. With a second set of hands (one person has to hold the control arm while the other aligns the plates and arbors) it would have been easier but I gave up trying to do it myself. I'll sell the ball joints at cost ($15.00 each) to anyone who wants to give it a try...I plan to stock and sell only the complete arms. SD Steve D'Gerolamo c/o The Ultimate Garage, Emerson, NJ Tel 201-262-0412 Email.... Web Site....
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