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Old 01-05-2013, 10:01 PM   #31
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Ok for those that were not listening:

The ball joint pinch bolt is a shouldered bolt. The "shoulder" is a larger diameter than the threaded portion.

It is the shoulder that secures the ball joint from dropping out of the knuckle by fitting snugly in the groove on the ball joint.

An impropper bolt can allow the ball joint to drop out, and is DANGEROUS!
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:21 PM   #33
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^^^I was just about to say the same thing!


I remember seeing this thread a long time ago, so when I needed ball joints I got them from B.A.T and they even had the too small bolt. So it's not limited to Autozone ball joint kits, and don't put hardware store bolts in there either.
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Tousley fords sells these for like $2 for nut and bolt.
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I just checked on what Moog sent me and it was the correct oem style bolt. I changed the lower control arm with the ball joint already in it as one piece rather than drilling rivets.
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Wow, it's good to know finally that it's not just my car with this issue! Ill be swapping in an OEM bolt and nut ASAP!
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I didn't use the bolt that came with my ball joint. It looked weaker then OEM.
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I just checked on what Moog sent me and it was the correct oem style bolt. I changed the lower control arm with the ball joint already in it as one piece rather than drilling rivets.
You're the second person I've heard say the Moog brand comes with the correct bolt. So Moog's on top of it.

I've been thinking about getting new control arms. Do the Moog ball joints come with grease fittings or are they sealed?
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The control arm ball joint combo are sealed and not greaseable.
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The moog ball joints by themselves come with greaseable fittings. You can still grease the non-greaseable ones with a needle adaptor n your grease gun
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