Adjusting Lash on Ford Racing Ball joints

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  1. Black Boss

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    As I had a Ball joint loosen in the front Left control arm, I removed both left and right and checked/adjusted the Lash. Both were a little loose after 20+ Track days.

    First you have to remove the ball joint from the spindle, and then remove the Ball joint from the Control arm -- it is screwed in, but you need a 1 59/64" Ball joint socket -- here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IOEQ1O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Once the Ball joint is out, you need to remove the c-clip:

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    An the Hex Plate retainer:

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    At this point before dis-assembly I checked the Lash (see below) it was over a quarter turn loose, both sides.

    Then unscrew the plastic hex adjuster cap to expose the ball:

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    Remove and clean. My wear patterns were fairly uniform:

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    Then re-assemble, and tighten the plastic adjuster until it contacts with the bottom of the ball, back off 1/8 of a turn and replace the retaining plate and the c-clip.

    Add a couple of squirts of grease and re-assemble in the control arm. Torque spec for the control arm is 100 ft-lbs.
     
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    Looks good Nick, glad you were able to service them and not have to replace. I may retrofit them to my control arms this winter. Show me a picture of the welding of the threaded bushing in the control arm if you can.
    Thanks
    Steve
     
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    Steve,

    Sorry for the delay. Had to replace a ball joint today. Here are a couple of shots of the sleeves that are welded in, with the ball joint mounted:

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    Thanks Nick
    Fully welded, no problem.
     
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    @Black Boss with PB takin down your pics,any chance of reposting? Have them on my car and want to know what to look out for and keep them maintained. Just ordered the socket you gave the link too. Thanks Rob
     

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    Thanks Nick! Hope to meet up again
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