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I have to torque per specs the upr + lwr ball joints on 68 Chevy, do I need the car up w/jacks on frame, car on the ground with no load on suspension, or jack up each lower control arm one at a time?

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Torque ... ball joints? Do they screw in? Or are you talking about bolts through a steel plate?

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    alan May 12, 2017

    Sorry I wasn't clear, yes the correct way to torque ball joints stud to upper and lower control arms. Ball joints are replacement OEM GM screw in, installed 10K ago. And will be used on the new spindles from a disc brake conversion kit. thanks man

  • solver2010 May 12, 2017

    If those ball joints were really installed 10,000 years ago, they must be either a pile of dust by now, or petrified (turned to rock or stone)! But you might have been talking about miles, but you did not say that! Torque should ALWAYS be measured with the least "interference load" possible. So, you want "everything possible" eliminated from the scene! That means no frontal stress, no backward stress, and no side stresses should be present. Sometimes you have to study the situation, to see what makes the most sense! But rotating a "screw-in" ball joint with no load is a lot different than rotating one that is supporting 800 lbs. or more!

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    alan May 14, 2017

    Thanks, I found the correct torque sequence and followed through. You're right, to properly torque per spec there shouldn't be any load on ball joint. v 10 K+ 10.000 years ? lol I'm older than my car guess that makes it "so easy to work on "a caveman can do it "

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