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Correct upper ball joint installation

I just saw a picture of an upper ball installed and bolted in under the A-arm, exactly the opposite of the factory installed riveted original.
I installed mine with the joint going down through the top of the hole in the A-arm, and then bolting that into place. This seems to fit perfectly and looks like the way it was engineered/installed from the factory.
Is this correct or did the guy whose car I saw put his in wrong?
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Re: Correct upper ball joint installation

The joint installs from on top, going down thru the a-arm.





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Re: Correct upper ball joint installation

Seems unsafe to put it under. Just those 4 rivets or bolts between you and a big surprise.
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Re: Correct upper ball joint installation

I had spoken with Mark at SC&C when I installed his SPC arms on my 69. I put the BJ underneath so if/when I wanted to removed the UCA, I didn't have to break the UBJ loose from the spindle.

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Re: Correct upper ball joint installation

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I had spoken with Mark at SC&C when I installed his SPC arms on my 69. I put the BJ underneath so if/when I wanted to removed the UCA, I didn't have to break the UBJ loose from the spindle.
I see no problem doing it this way either. In 15 years in the alignment business I never saw one break the bolts or rip out the rivets, I've seen more than a couple worn out to the point of separation. the stud stays in the spindle and the rivets /bolts are still in the arm but they are no longer connected. The Engineers will argue this but the upper is just a folllower, no load on it.

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Re: Correct upper ball joint installation

I aslo talked to Mark @ SC&C when I did my SPC arms. He said either way is fine. I put mine down through the hole - don't ask me why - it seemed to make a little more sense. I see Rick's point too, though. I loctited everything and don't lay awake at night worrying about it.



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