96 k2500 Front end rebuild

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  1. White96k2500

    White96k2500 OBS Enthusiast

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    Okay so i am going to start rebuilding my front end in the next couple of day’s and i need some clarification and some tips, i know i have to lift the front of the truck completely off the ground and i have a torsion bar unloading tool and i am aware of how to use it but i have some questions.

    1.after i unload the torsion bars do i have to take the bar out of the control arm or can i just unbolt the crossmember and knock the keys off and crossmember back and leave the torsion bars in the lower control arms?

    2.when i do get to taking the control arms off, do i have to take the hub and everything off?

    3. What is the best way for removing the upper control arm bushings and lower control arm bushings (lower is forged) without a press?

    4. What is the best way to replace the lower ball joint(press in) without a press?
     
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    Also i do raise the front of the truck all the way off of the ground then release the torsion keys right?
     
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    1)Are you re[lacing the bushings with new rubber ones or urethane?
    2)Make sure that the T bars are marked left and right, front and back and clock them ( reinstall them in the same position in the CA,).
    3)Remove the spindle and leave the hub in it.
    4)Removing the lower ball joint with out a press is easy, support the end of the CA and beat the BJ out. Getting it back in with out a press is a real chore.
    5)It does not matter if you raise the truck off the ground first or not
     
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    1. I am replacing them with new rubber ones, it was hard to find the lower bushings in rubber but after a couple weeks of looking I finally found them, so I figured they didn’t make urethane lower bushings so i just got rubber top and bottom bushings

    2. So they have to go back in at the same exact position they cane out?

    3. Could i just take the lower control arm out first and leave the top connected to the spindle and support it from the bottom, then place lca back in and connect it to the spindle then take the uca out and just support the spindle with something from the top without having to take the spindle completely off?

    4. Do you have any suggestion on getting it back in without a press?
     

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