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Rear Ball Joint Removal by jpeeler
Started on: 07-11-2013 06:51 PM
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Last post by: James Bond 007 on 07-12-2013 09:09 PM
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Any Idea on how to remove this? The other side was just three small bolts. This is different. Any help greatly appreciated. 86 GT.



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I have not taken riveted Fiero ball joints off, but: On other GM cars, I have just chiseled off the head of the rivet with a cold chisel and a hammer. If you have a compressor, a die grinder will take the head off of that very quickly.
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Report this Post07-11-2013 07:30 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroaddictedClick Here to Email fieroaddictedSend a Private Message to fieroaddictedEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I am up against this same issue now. I am planning to grind the head off the rivits and use a punch to remove them. I am hoping that a new one will come with bolts to install it
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Originally posted by fieroaddicted:

I am up against this same issue now. I am planning to grind the head off the rivits and use a punch to remove them. I am hoping that a new one will come with bolts to install it
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The Raybestos ones I got on amazon came with the three small bolts and a new pinch bolts. I have a three inch grinding wheel but don't think I can fit that in there. I will pick up something for the compressor to do this. This balljoint isn't worn like the other side was but for 17 bucks on amazon you cant beat it.
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Report this Post07-12-2013 03:21 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jb1Click Here to Email jb1Send a Private Message to jb1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
drill them out, good luck with grinding and punch,,, save yourself time and just use a good drill bit, once you get all the way through the control arm and rivet the all joint will just drop out.

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Report this Post07-12-2013 09:09 PM Click Here to See the Profile for James Bond 007Send a Private Message to James Bond 007Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I just did this on a Grand Prix. I had to use an angle grinder to grind the heads off,dont worry about damageing the ball joit,thats going in the trash anyway.Now on the Grand Prix a Punch and hand held sledge wouldn't work after grinding off the heads! Use this,step if you can't hammer them out (after grinding). I dimpled the center of the ground down rivots with a dremmel. I then progressivly drilled through the rivots (use plenty of oil,it will keep your drill bits cool and sharp).Use a slightly larger drill each time,eventualley the remainder of the rivots will fall apart or come out. If you still can't get them out,you may have to grind the bottom of the rivots off too. Use an old bolt to gauge the size and length you'll need.Now go to Home Depo and use High grade steel bolts from their bolt section,Look for a drawer chest with metrick bolts,they are high grade steel (allso try and find lock nuts or use lock tite,if you can't find those).Otherwise,you can get bolts from the wrecking yard.
Further Reading:
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/129265.html

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