The way,*without removing the drop arm* is to
get a trolly jack,place a small socket on the jack and raise under
the plate on the joint.apply alittle pressure pushing the plate up so
you can remove the circlip.you can then slowly drop the jack down and
remove the retaining plate,outter ball retaining cup,ball
joint,rubber ring,and spring.now you have to get the cup out.with a
piece of 3/8" threaded rod,appx 6"long.place two nuts,locked
together,2"from the top,insert a suitable socket(that will go into
the joint from the top)insert into and through the arm from the top
place a plate with 3/8"hole under the bottom of the arm,locate a nut
on the rod and draw the cup out,by tightening the nut.clean the arm
seating throughly,place the new cup and ball<with a *little
grease*>DONOT put too much in as it will not compress and draw back through
using the ball to seat the cup firmly in its seat regrease replacing
all componants,including the rubber seal that most leave out!! by
placing the socket on the jack and compressing.make sure the circlip
is located correctly.replace nut,washer AND splitpin.torque up hey
presto you've done for a few years
David J. Button
"Austin Shackles" <austinNOSPAM@ddol-las.net> wrote in message
> On or around Sun, 5 Jun 2005 12:40:36 +0100, Marc Draper
> <email@example.com> enlightened us thusly:
>>Not replacing the upper seat is a false economy. The seat will
>>eventually wear so much that it is impossible to remove and then you
>>will require a new drop arm. If you still have up and down movement in
>>the ball joint after you have fitted the kit then the upper seat is US.
>>The upper seat is easily removed with right tool.
> buggered if I know what the right tool is. Last one I did I heated the
> with an oxy torch to soften it, and then cut through it with a hacksaw,
> which made it easy to knock out.
>>This your steering we are talking about !
>>I have seen too many of these kits bodged.
>>pay your local specialist a few quid and get the job done properly.
> if, of course, you have a suitable specialist...
> Austin Shackles. www.ddol-las.fsnet.co.uk my opinions are just that
> "Festina Lente" (Hasten slowly) Suetonius (c.70-c.140) Augustus, 25