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    DIY: Subaru Ball joint removal tool for around $18 + 1 lug nut

    So let me start off by saying that I am not against buying tools, quite the contrary actually. But I always find myself with a pile of parts and sans at least 1 tool I need. Said tool is never locally available, and I usually don't have the time to wait for it to come in, as was the case this time.

    Now they say necessity is the mother of all invention and that is certainly the case here. I bought ball joints forgot the puller, can't wait. So what to do? Well head to Lowes ofcourse.

    After trolling the webz and seeing what the Snapon tool, the old no longer available TIC tool, and the crappy EBay one looked like, I said "pffft I can make that." So I did and it works awesome.

    You'll need (I went to Lowes, Isle 12 but you can get this stuff most anywhere):

    1@1-1/2x4 pipe nipple
    1@1-1/2 pipe coupling
    1@1-1/2 galv pipe cap
    1@1/2-13 all thread 1' lg (cut to 8")
    1@12x1.25mm Subaru lug nut
    1@1/2-13 nut
    2@1/2" washer

    So step 1 is to weld the lug nut to the end of the all thread. If you don't have a welder, find a buddy and buy him a beer.

    The parts:

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    Step 2:

    Assemble the pipe coupling and nipple and tighten.

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    Step 3:

    Drill a 1/2" hole in the center of the cap for the all thread to pass through.

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    Step 4:

    Screw cap onto nipple.
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    Step 5:

    Trim the all thread to 8" with a hack saw or sawzall.

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    Step 6:

    Grind flats for crescent wrench on ends of all thread.

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    Step 7:

    Test assemble everything.

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    Last edited by 06wrx4me; 07-06-2013 at 05:52 PM.
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    Step 8:

    Use the damn thing.

    First thread the lug nut onto the ball joint stud.

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    Then slip the housing over and install the washers and nut.

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    Then tighten like this:
    Use a crescent wrench and 3/4" wrench.
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    Ball joint will pop right out.
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    bloody hell thats easier than the snap on tool to use!

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    I've never used the snap on one, what's it like?
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    Pita. One size fits all multi tool. In a big suitcase kit. Its a great kit for service in a alignment/suspension shop. Nothing I'd buy for my garage. This is way better, totally built to the vehicle. And not snap on priced. Yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tirerob View Post
    Pita. One size fits all multi tool. In a big suitcase kit. Its a great kit for service in a alignment/suspension shop. Nothing I'd buy for my garage. This is way better, totally built to the vehicle. And not snap on priced. Yay!
    You can get the TiC removal tool or the Ebay kit which seems to be very popular at Nasioc & IWSTI which are less than half of Snap-on.

    http://www.amazon.com/Subaru-Ball-Jo...aru+ball+joint
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Forester XTi View Post
    You can get the TiC removal tool or the Ebay kit which seems to be very popular at Nasioc & IWSTI which are less than half of Snap-on.

    Subaru Ball Joint Removal Tool STI Limited Edition | eBay
    I didn't have the time to order when I came up with this. It's stronger than eBay, locally available, and half the price.
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    Nice! I generally just remove the bolt from the hub/spindel and use a long breaker bar on the A arm. Pulls the ball joint right out. Then just remove the castle nut pop the ball joint of the A-arm.
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    Anybody knows the difference between the blue and pink tool on the Amazon's Ball Joint Puller? They have them listed under the same Part Number?

    Subaru Ball Joint Puller Removal Tool - Amazon.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Forester XTi View Post
    Anybody knows the difference between the blue and pink tool on the Amazon's Ball Joint Puller? They have them listed under the same Part Number?

    Subaru Ball Joint Puller Removal Tool - Amazon.com
    Boys get blue girls get pink.

    or pink is for JDM ball joints...
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Forester XTi View Post
    Anybody knows the difference between the blue and pink tool on the Amazon's Ball Joint Puller? They have them listed under the same Part Number?

    Subaru Ball Joint Puller Removal Tool - Amazon.com
    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    Boys get blue girls get pink.

    or pink is for JDM ball joints...
    Lol!

    They are different versions of the same thing. Guy that makes them updated them to the pink one, notice the thicker plate on top for leverage. Apparently people were bending in the washers on the blue/yellow version (not because of the color, just materials). Tube may be made of thicker material in the pink version also.

    So basically blue/yellow=version 1, pink=version 2. Think I recall the dude that makes these said that on one of his eBay listings, or I asked him (don't recall which), either one he wrote it somewhere.
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    I say build your own like this threads about
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    I say build your own like this threads about
    I agree, yours seems to be a lot beefier, and I'll probably build one like yours later on. I was just answering dudes question legitimately.
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    You need this tool in Texas?

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