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My trw lower ball joint came with torque specs for the mounting bolts to 15ft.lbs each.. My trw upper ball joint came with no specs for the mounting bolts which are smaller bolts than the lowers, how do i know what to torque these too.. 1996 jimmy 4x4.. please help asap

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I've replaced many ball joints, and never used a torque wrench. Just make them tight. If yours are the type with cotter pins, then you make it tight and slip in the cotter pin.

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