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Old 04-09-2009, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Seviceable ball joints

Wanted to let everyone who may not know. I know Shab was interested.

Our Ball joints are serviceable.

I recently bought 2 salvage control arms for the time attack rear bushings and urethane front ones. One low miles and the other with 60k+ miles on it. Neither ball joint was bad, but I wanted them to be at the same life. I ordered some new MOOG ball joints from Rock Auto. Other retailers sell them for the Ion/Cobalt platform, but only Rock Auto lists them specifically for the FE5 suspension, so I though it was the best route.

Instructions say to drill the rivets out of the OE unit, but I found is is much easier to press them out. The new ones bolt in. so far so good. I will update when the arms are complete and on the car. A new alignment is a no brainer

They come with a grease fitting the screws into the bottom (not installed in this pic)
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't have the FE5 suspension.....
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yea they are really expensive thru me.. i've only sold maybey 3 sets EVER
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I don't have the FE5 suspension.....
Same bolt pattern on all Cobalt/Ion. From what I can see these will bolt up directly to the steel FE3 ones too.
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Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

If we've got replacements for the rear bushings and the ball joint, the front control arm only needs a replacement front bushing and we'll be all set, right?
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correct.

I am meeting a friend next weekend for some front bushings. They are from a set of prothane bushings he bought for his Cavalier. He only needed the rears. As it turns out our front bushing housings are the exact same dimensions. I have high hopes.
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I am meeting a friend next weekend for some front bushings. They are from a set of prothane bushings he bought for his Cavalier. He only needed the rears. As it turns out our front bushing housings are the exact same dimensions. I have high hopes.
Sweet! Can't wait to hear if they fit.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well they fit...sorta. I had to grind some material away at the ends near the bolt holes. I used a pair of FE5 front bushings that I had extra and removed the rubber which was molded to the shaft. The bushings came with a steel sleeve that slipped into the bushings. The shaft does not fit into the bushing, but the shaft itself fits snugly into the prothane bushing. I have asked many people what the significants of the metal sleeve is and weather I would run into issue's not using it and could not get a clear answer. So here is where it stands now. They will be installed tonight or tomorrow.



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