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Check the top of the stud on the old ball joint to see if there's a female hex key hole to keep the stud still whilst slackening the nut.

If not, you'll need a good pair of mole grips or a nut splitter.

The nuts can be a pain to get off if they're rusted and corroded, it's down to luck. Plenty of WD40 or PlusGas will definitely help, a hammer and maybe a blow torch are useful back ups.
 

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You will need a grinder or similar to remove the rivets holding the old joint to the lower arm unless joint has been replaced in the past.
 

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Thanks for the info guys did not realise this piece was riveted on !!

So if i bought a full lower arm, would this be easier and would there be any specialist tools needed then ??

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The replacement ball joint comes with bolts/nuts, you only need to cut/grind/drill off the rivets to remove the old joint then bolt the new one in place... provided of course you do not damage the arm itself when removing the rivets...

I prefer to drill the rivets as this normally does not damage the arm in any way.

I cant make out what you are getting in the 'new' arm pics.. :confused:
 

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Hi I am asking the question as on the new arm it appears that the ball joint is bolted in place and not rivited in place as you are describing.

I presume there are no threads in the rivet holes ?

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The arms have three plain holes.The ball joints are only riveted on from the factory.
You have two choices,drill or grind out the rivets and fit a new ball joint with the nuts and bolts provided.

OR, buy a complete arm with the ball joint already bolted on.Its less hassle and the arm comes with nice new bushes.
 

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Ok gonna fit this part just wondering once the rivets are drilled out do the bolts have a specific torque to be tightened upto or just as tight as poos with some thread lock possibly ??

Cheers for all the help guys
 
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