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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-14-05, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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XD riveted riveted ball joints

OK , so I need to remove the original riveted upper ball joints .
I started tonight with a combination of drilling the rivet heads and
using an air chisel . Took me 2 1/2 hours just to remove one side.
Is there any secret to this ?
What do mechanics do ?


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Re: XD riveted riveted ball joints

The other way is too grind the head of the rivet down slowly and carefully. Use a large punch and hammer to drive out the remaining section.
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Re: XD riveted riveted ball joints

I think your drill must have been blunt. I found it the best to remove the upper arm entirley. and do it on a bench. You should be able simply to drill the rivet head off, Say with a 13mm drill bit, and then use a punch to punch the rivet thro.
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Re: XD riveted riveted ball joints

i used a dremell

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Re: XD riveted riveted ball joints

they are CANTS of things! BUT they can be drilled out without major headaches when you have experience(HA HA) i use a centre punch to pop a spot in the centre of the rivet(this is for the top ball joint) drill a small say 3mm drill through centre then what ever size the bolts are for the second time and then chisel off the top of the rivet with a GOOD screwdriver or chisel.

the bottom ones are best done with the stub axel removed and in the same way otherwise(rest the lower arm on a brick or something)

theres a way easier way but depends on your car.
if you have lowered springs you can remove the top arm and throw it in the bin and buy one that has already had bolt in joints fitted from a wrecker
the lower arms can be swapped over in a similar fashion but the bushes are often buggered so keep that in mind also.
i think repco or rare spares had changeover reco arms also

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