View Full Version : Which ball joint press kit from harbor freight?
09-06-2007, 04:10 PM
So I'm trying to decide which ball joint c-frame press kit to get from harbor freight. I'll probably only use it maybe once or twice a year for ball joints or u-joints and I can't decide between these two. What are your opinions or experiances?
This one is just the basic one they have click me. (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=38335)
And this one looks like it has 2 extra parts and says it's for 4wd applications. I can't tell exactly what the extra parts are or if they are needed or worth the extra money. They also don't say what size the cups are on this one. click me (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=4065)
I've used the basic one forever. It's been enough for anything I've thrown at it, including changing balljoints on RBVs.
It can be used on U-joints, but it's easier to use a standard claw hammer and a socket (less set-up). U-joints aren't pressed in very hard.
09-06-2007, 04:42 PM
ok cool, yea i normally just use a hammer on u-joints, but sometimes you get that stubborn one that just wont move... I guess I'll go for the basic one as those other two parts in the 4wd one cant really be anything special and certainly not worth another 20 bucks.
09-06-2007, 04:47 PM
The basic one should be fine jason. We have a basic S&K one at the shop and it's never let us down. I'm not sure what the extra 2 adapters fit...
Maybe the new Dana 60s that have balljoints need extra reach, that might explain the bottom kit.
I beat u-joints out but I press them back in. 760Xs are about $25 each and I have had the top of a cap break off a joint while beating it back in.
09-06-2007, 09:02 PM
fwiw, i broke the basic one the first time i went to use it.. to press a balljoint on my truck.. so i ended up using the cups and a hammer, and it all went smooth from there...
but it seems others have had good luck with it.. so i prolly just got a bad one.
09-06-2007, 09:37 PM
well it is cheap chinese steel (hence the cheap price) so... but damn that balljoint must have really been in there to mess it up like that. At least it gives a good set of cups and adapters even if something happens to the C-frame.
Hmm, I've heard some scary sounds coming from that thing, but it's still in the same number of pieces it came as.
The sound of a 20 year old balljoint breaking free is a nice CRACK.
Just make sure you remove the snap ring first.:icon_rofl:
09-06-2007, 10:31 PM
God I hate Harbor Freight but ever since they opened one in my town I always end up there and spend more money then I planed on. Its a sickness, but still for some reason I love it.......
09-07-2007, 07:28 AM
ok cool, yea i normally just use a hammer on u-joints, but sometimes you get that stubborn one that just wont move...
If it wont come out get a bigger hammer.
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