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    Default Balljoint question

    I need new balljoints and there are two diff sizes.

    45.79mm dia and 47.89mm dia, both are press in

    IDK which one I have and don't have a way to find out.

    Question is... It is 3/32 of an inch differance. Will it matter if I buy the smaller one and end up with the bigger hole? Will I even notice?
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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    You must use the one that matches what you took out. They are pressed in and have to fit tight or it will wear out your control arm very quickly. Also you could not stand the noise of a loose ball joint lol.

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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    I was going to order them online.

    And cant take one out and keep space in her uncles garage for a week while I wait on it. But I guess I could just get the two other sizes from the parts store if the ones in the kit aren't right. I just hate to pay more money.
    10 Kia Forte EX (Wifes) 145k miles

    12 Chevy Sonic LTZ HB Turbo (My DD) 102k miles

    95 Chevy 1500 Ext cab 4x4 (my spare and toy) 240k miles, now with a 1999 5.3 and 4L60e with 191k miles.

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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    Maybe this will help, w/Forged control arm; w/47.89mm Press fit, w/stamped steel control arm; w/45.79mm Press Fit. Stamped steel ones look like a heavy piece of sheet metal was bent into an arm and has parts welded. The forged arms are more like a solid cast iron piece with no welding.

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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    Thanks RGL10! That helps a lot.

    I looked and I'll post pics later but I think its stamped. My brother in law thinks it looks like forged.
    10 Kia Forte EX (Wifes) 145k miles

    12 Chevy Sonic LTZ HB Turbo (My DD) 102k miles

    95 Chevy 1500 Ext cab 4x4 (my spare and toy) 240k miles, now with a 1999 5.3 and 4L60e with 191k miles.

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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    Why cant you measure it?
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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    I don't have anything to measure it with. And idk what i'm measuring anyway.
    10 Kia Forte EX (Wifes) 145k miles

    12 Chevy Sonic LTZ HB Turbo (My DD) 102k miles

    95 Chevy 1500 Ext cab 4x4 (my spare and toy) 240k miles, now with a 1999 5.3 and 4L60e with 191k miles.

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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    [IMG][/IMG] Upper one is the forged arm and the lower one is the stamped steel one.

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    Default Re: Balljoint question

    Mine looks like the bottom one. Thanks so much, I have trouble posting pics on here but did get them loaded to facebook. If you go to the link in my truck build post you can see them.
    10 Kia Forte EX (Wifes) 145k miles

    12 Chevy Sonic LTZ HB Turbo (My DD) 102k miles

    95 Chevy 1500 Ext cab 4x4 (my spare and toy) 240k miles, now with a 1999 5.3 and 4L60e with 191k miles.

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