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Front Upper Ball Joints

Discussion in 'Civic and CRX - EF' started by BombSquad91, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. BombSquad91

    BombSquad91 New Member

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    I have an '89 Civic DX Hatch. Are the ball joints in the front upper control arm replaceable or do I have to buy the control arm with the ball joint in it?I ordered this from Rockauto:
    More Information for MEVOTECH MK90492
    Mevotech Part #MK90492
    I have a 12ton [COLOR=#990000 !important][FONT=inherit !important][COLOR=#990000 !important][FONT=inherit !important]shop[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] press so pressing it out is not a problem. It just doesn't LOOK like it presses out. And the new one doesn't look like it presses in. Help.
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    I don't think you can replace the balljoint without replacing the control arm
     
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    I just found that out. I was doing some research and I came across a instructions on how to install adjustable camber upper ball joints. The top of the page said this:

    Honda Accord and Civic
    Adjustable Upper Ball Joint Installation Instructions
    CAUTION: A very limited number of Honda Civic/CRX vehicles from 1988-1990 were produced with the upper ball joint welded to the
    control arm. The adjustable ball joint can not be used on these vehicles.
     
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    Dual-500 Well-Known Member VIP

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    Whatever you decide - replace everything as the rubber bushings will be shot if the ball joints are. They aren't very expensive. Not really worth screwing with to just replace ball joints only.
     
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    Already replaced em bro.
     
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    Dual-500 Well-Known Member VIP

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    What did you do? Ball joints only or the whole upper arm assembly? I have a 20 ton press and there's some suspension components I won't mess with at home. Did a pulyurethane bushing job on the whole chassis a couple of years ago and the lower control arms (front and rear) were nasty and went to machine shop.

    Not suggesting that about the upper BJ's - just making chat.
     
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    All of them. I bought the Energy Suspension full bushing kit and a few extras that weren't in the kit. I pushed them out and in myself. I didn't buy the bushing pieces for the press either. I just used a couple of sockets.
     
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    Awesome! I did a full Energy Suspension polyurethane kit install on my 1991 Civic Si hatch. Did the same thing, pipe couplings, sockets, whatever I could find.

    The LCA's on mine where the shocks mount were scary so I took them to the machine shop. I cranked the press up to 9000 PSI and that's maxed out and they didn't budge.

    The polyurethane bushings are great!
     
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    I didn't have any problems and it was literally the first time I used the press.
     
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