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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:31 AM   #1
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upper control arm ball joint

hey v6p

when i was doing my suspension last week, i noticed that my drivers side control arm ball joint looked kind of weird.

upon closer inspection it seems like the boot somehow melted off the ball joint itself. i dont understand how this could have happened as i just replaced it with an OEM honda control arm 3-4 months ago

if i need to replace it again, can i just buy a balljoint? or will i have to buy a new control arm assembly?

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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:45 AM   #2
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You can get a AM ball joint from your local parts store, it has to be pressed in/out.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:49 AM   #3
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im just worried the same thing is going to happen again... i have no clue how a boot would just melt off like that.

im running 225/40 up front with -1.9 deg of camber so it doesnt seem like anything too crazy.

i have access to a press so it shouldnt be too bad, i take it the whole control arm has to come off though correct? also, replacing this shouldnt mess up my alignment right?
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Old October 27th, 2008, 06:25 AM   #4
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If you are doing a fixed ball joint , no, your alighnment should be fine, I have seen the boots rip off before where they were installed wrong, but not "melt" off, but 1.9 camber is alot, how about ingalls front camber kits? If you have to go thru replacing it anyway, why not do it right and get camber correction kits? Yes you do need to remove the control arm, you have to drop out the strut and then there are two bolts holding it on the chassis.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 07:05 AM   #5
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I never really wanted to run camber kits because of the nature of how they are made. the adjustable ball joint ones will hit the shock tower when the suspension moves at the height i'm at.

im running close to zero toe, so the wear on the tires shouldnt be too bad.

i just replaced both axles, so im assuming the click im hearing when im slowing down / accelerating from a stop is my balljoint. thanks for the help again!
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Old October 28th, 2008, 12:14 PM   #6
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I think was NVA-AV6 is referring to is the Ingalls Control Arm camber kit, not the less expensive ball joint only one.

It basically is a replacement Upper Control Arm with a sliding ball joint (which itself is the same size as an OE ball joint). This type of kit doesn't have issues with slamming the top since it doesn't need extra clearance space vs. stock (or very minimal extra space). I haven't heard of anyone having hitting issues with these (though they are much less popular than the ball joint kits, likely due to price). A set for Left/Right will be $250-$300 vs. <$150 for the ball joints.

I have this kit in my Accord (after wearing out no-name ball joints I got from eBay), and it works great. Though I'm likely not nearly as slammed as you might be.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 02:18 PM   #7
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lol holy crap ur running with 1.9 negative camber. i think when i went to fix my alignment it was somewhere around that. u guys are crazy. i wonder what the ride is like
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Old November 11th, 2008, 06:24 AM   #8
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1.9 isn't too crazy i roll -1.5 up front and -.75 in the back. Helps your front grab turns and your back slide through. 4 Door Autocross ftw!
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Old November 13th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #9
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Yeah -1.9 is nothing... Keychain is running -3.1 in the rear, and I think I'm probably somewhat close to him (my guess is like -2.5). I've had these tires for a while now too!



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Yea -1.9 is nothing. I'm running -3.0, -3.1 in the front and -3.2, -3.3 in the rear.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 03:48 PM   #11
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NEG camber FTW
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