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Old 11-02-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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Hello all, I'm new to this forum because i recently became the owner of an ezgo and am beginning the transformation to hunting cart.... The rack needs replacing and i have tried to remove the ball joint so i can remove it but i cannot seem to get it to break loose after the pin and nut are removed...any tips? i have tried searching on here but havent found anything so far...any help is greatly appreciated.....

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: removing rack ball joint on txt

Welcome to the furum! I went through this a while back. If you have a harbor freight nearby, go pick up a "universal joint removal tool" for about 10 bucks, or a claw puller will work also. Others have used a tuning fork... It will come out with a good bit of force, so be careful!

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:41 AM   #3
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Welcome to BGW

you can get one of these at any auto parts store, or HF





Or one of these

"pickle fork" --made for the removal of the tie rods.

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:46 AM   #4
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RIB is that the universal tool scooter was mentioning?

Thanks guys...this site has been extremely helpful so far...and everyone eager to help and get the cart running again...cant wait to load the dogs up and chase some quail...
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:53 AM   #5
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I'am not sure if that is the one he's talking about, but I would think so
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:24 PM   #6
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Thanks a ton...ill be heading to pick one up after work...
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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Try this first...... Put you wrench on the part of the joint a wrench actually fits lol, spin it to loosen it up, screw the nut on to it, hit it with a dead blow and it should pop out. Mine always does. Just saying....... Best option is a pickle fork.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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This works,,,, I was in the woods with out many tools and needed to swithch ball joints and this friend showed me a trick, he used a screwdriver to aply small presure to the joint and lighly tapped the connecting rod three times and it came right out,, I didn't beleve this, but he took a 2nd one out the same way. I've quit using my pickel fork (it sometimes damages the boot) and have taken them out this way in my shop now
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:46 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tips...I have a day off tomorrow and will be trying the diff ways..then to the fork..I appreciate it alot...This forum is so much help for a novice
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:13 AM   #10
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yes the fork works, but you often mess up the rubber boot. the tool rib showed is the best answer. not expensive.
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