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1985 jeep grand wagoneer driver's side ball joint replacement

Is there any article, forum answer, website, etc. with info & illustrations already out there? I'm particularly concerned about any pitfalls to avoid since I've never attempted to replace one before. Thanks,

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  • wailin'willy Dec 02, 2008

    that popular mechanics article recommendation, albeit very much appreciated, doesn't really answer the mail since it was generic in nature and would have been more peculiar to any FWD van. Guess my question should have been stated more precisely. i.e. Haven't ever crawled under or around a FSJ before. What do I need to know or do, that specifically applies to an '85 Grand Wagoneer, to get the ball joint replaced??? Thanks again.

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It took awhile, but I've found several websites featuring forums (complete with photos, diagrams, and step-by-step procedures) specifically addressing the solution -- i.e. moabjeeper.com, madxj.com, etc. Again, appreciate your efforts.

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Http://www.popularmechanics.com/how_to_central/automotive/1888732.html

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  • milespeed Dec 02, 2008

    exactly... generic begets generic... ok ...2x /4x/ engine size please?

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