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Author Topic:   cutting camaro A arms for long ball joints
avila
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posted December 04, 2003 09:04 AM
I'm going to install chrysler ball joints in upper and lower A arms. What kind of tool do you use to enlarge the upper ball joint hole?
For lowers i guess I will sleeve them and I have the same question. Prior to sleeving, what kind of tool is used to enlarge to hole?


66jj
Member
posted December 04, 2003 09:51 AM
your going to have to ream your spindles to fit the chrysler taper.

get weld in sleeves for top and bottom, and use a air dremel would be my tool.



avila
Member
posted December 04, 2003 09:56 AM
I have a 2" tapered reamer for the spindels.
what is a dremel?


zeroracing
Member
posted December 04, 2003 10:07 AM
Use stock ball joints unless your using a shorter spindle like a Pinto. I've been thru the mess of raised roll center(taller) ball joints and never liked 'em compared to stock. If you do use them, go with taller lowers, and a taller ball joint on the right upper only, keep the left upper stock. I've never used Chrysler screw-in. Take a look at 20032-1 and 20038-1, bolt-in and weld in type. You can move in your left lower 1/8-1/4 inch, helps with camber.


66jj
Member
posted December 04, 2003 12:52 PM
die grinder sorry.


Look in a lefthander catalogue they have shouldered and non shouldered sleeves. its no big deal and easy to do, I dont see how anyone could possibly mess it up.


widebody
Member
posted December 04, 2003 02:31 PM
dont wast your time with a die grinder..
get a hole saw the the just fits around the under side of the lower ball joint sleeve. You can leave the old ball joint in, remove the grease zerk. take the centering bit out of the whole saw. the clearances is close enough to center the hole saw onto it. use lots of wd40 or your favorite flavor. buy the sleeves with the flang if your not a great welder or if the hole is sloppy. Ive used the standard sleeve if the hole dead on. You can even get an easy 1/4" of offset adjustment when you weld the new sleeves in the arms. the uppers are easier to just buy the uppers with the screw in style all done. I can take a picture if youd like when I get home tonight.. the hole saw was 2 1/2" I think, ill double check at home..
widebody