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I have this and it doesnt fit around the BJ.
This question is for everyone, this one is only $10 more. Wouldn't it be a better one to get and more versatile ?

https://www.harborfreight.com/ball-j...les-60827.html
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The boot is also like ten times thicker that the Mexican made ones.
I don't know where these are made, but these are the ones I ordered and the boot looks fairly thick.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Had I known about the Motorcraft ball joints (below) I would have ordered them instead. I really like their design.

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcraft-MC...e%2C132&sr=1-9

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The more I think about it, the more I think I'll just sell the AC Delco ones I have on ebay (since I can't return them to amazon anymore) and just buy the Motorcraft ones above.

Do you guys think the Motorcraft ones are the better way to go?
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I don't know where these are made, but these are the ones I ordered and the boot looks fairly thick.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Had I known about the Motorcraft ball joints (below) I would have ordered them instead. I really like their design.

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcraft-MC...e%2C132&sr=1-9

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The more I think about it, the more I think I'll just sell the AC Delco ones I have on ebay (since I can't return them to amazon anymore) and just buy the Motorcraft ones above.

Do you guys think the Motorcraft ones are the better way to go?

These are the ones I purchased in 2013 and they are still good. Maybe 60k plus miles on them at this point. Scroll down the reviews and you will see my review. I also like the nut which has a protective boot to help seal the tapered stud from corrosion.



Not sure I would toss the original ones you ordered and get new ones. I think the MotorCraft ones you listed are really Moog parts made for MC.



https://www.amazon.com/Motorcraft-MC...ustomerReviews
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These are the ones I purchased in 2013 and they are still good.
Interesting nut design.

I'm not a big fan of the new Moog products. They seem to cut too many corners on their newer products.

I will have to check into seeing if Moog actually makes the Motorcraft ball joints. That would be sad if it's true.
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Interesting nut design.

I'm not a big fan of the new Moog products. They seem to cut too many corners on their newer products.

I will have to check into seeing if Moog actually makes the Motorcraft ball joints. That would be sad if it's true.

I thought it was interesting when I looked into ball joints. The pics were at the same angle and look the same except for the color of the boot in pic. I originally bought two Moogs and ripped the boot installing one of them so I bought the MC one. Bought two more when I redid the front end on my 2006 at 175k miles. New struts, bearing hubs, ball joints and swaybar links. I was tired of piece repairing the front end on my 2001.

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^ AngelArs, that's a good buy on the HF bj service kit up top! I just got the March catalog today and with the coupon it's $60. Iirc, years ago I gave ~$80....
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^ AngelArs, that's a good buy on the HF bj service kit up top! I just got the March catalog today and with the coupon it's $60. Iirc, years ago I gave ~$80....
Yes and with the 20% coupon it makes it only $23! I think it's a no-brainer and will be picking one up this weekend.

I'll report back how it works out when I use it, but I think it will be fine when used with the Ford adapter.
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Save yourself from yourself, have a pro install these. You need a special adapter for the HF tool, and if you even read my post under your strut thread, I included a link to the proper ball joint separator (pittman arm puller). I'm not sure what your capabilities are, if you screw this up you will be buying new knuckles. Nothing personal.
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Yes and with the 20% coupon it makes it only $23! I think it's a no-brainer and will be picking one up this weekend.

I'll report back how it works out when I use it, but I think it will be fine when used with the Ford adapter.

That is the one that I bought from there to do my BJ. I just didn't want to rent one out at AZ for that amount of money. Wanted to do the job when I was ready, not when the tool was available. Besides I have three Taurus to use it on. Adaptor I used above is a PowerBuilt brand and is around $20.
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When I do this job I was also thinking of replacing the hub/wheel bearings. The ones on the car don't look bad, but I'm not sure if they were ever replaced and with almost 150K miles on the car I figure it would be best to do it while the knuckle was off the car, instead of waiting for them to go bad later on down the road.

My question is will I need to had any kind of a wheel puller to get the hub off? I watched a video for a '99 Taurus and he did need to use a puller, but in a 2003 Taurus video they didn't need one at all and the hub came right off, so I'm confused about if I need one or not. I think the '99 is designed differently but not sure...
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