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looks great!!! make sure to keep it updated..!! ;)
 

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Well Thom, what it lacks in professionalism is more than made up in clarity and enthusiasm. Really nice. I should have done something like it 4 years ago when I started all this mess I'm in now. :D
 

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Fantastic! Like has been said, we should all do this before it's so late in the game.
Cool beans indeed. :D
 

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Good job , keep up the post .. it's hard to look at in the "before "
but thanks for the after :D
 

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Thanks for the comments all. I'll definatley keep up with the pics.
 

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Thom,
Looks great. I love see that my name is on the web site also!! I am still planning on comming over on the 18th of this month. Do you have any request on parts or tools that I may need to bring?
 

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The only thing I can think of is if you have jack stands that go higher than 16.5 inches. Thats how high mine go. I have 2 jacks and a ton of tools, so I think Im good to go. I'll send Dallas a note and see if there might be anything special that we may need that I havent thought of.

Oh Oh, yes. Do you have a Ball joint fork thingy. (I think thats the offical name of it). when you lower the front, it puts a negative camber on it and you have to rotate the ball joints 180 degrees to correct it. I dont know if you have to take them out or not. Ill call OGTS and find out.

What time do you want to start?!?!?
 

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You just unbolt upper ball joints & rotate 180 degs. if's in stock postion
hope this helps ..
 

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Yup. That helps. Im assumming I rotate them left - right vs. front to back. (Stupid question I know, but I want to make sure.)

I dont need a special tool or anything do I
 

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Thom71GT said:
What time do you want to start?!?!?
How about 10:00am. That way it is still a little cool and we have a built in break time at lunch.

I will check on how high my jack stands go. I will also bring some nice size 4x4's that may help out!!
 

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SWEEEEEEET!!! Works for me. Gene, slacker boy. You coming? You can get your hat!!
 

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Thom71GT said:
Oh Oh, yes. Do you have a Ball joint fork thingy. (I think thats the offical name of it). when you lower the front, it puts a negative camber on it and you have to rotate the ball joints 180 degrees to correct it. I dont know if you have to take them out or not. Ill call OGTS and find out.
If you need a pickle fork, you can rent them from Autozone for free (full refund on the rented tool when you return it). That's what I did when I rebuilt the front suspension on my GT several years ago. It really saved the day. Same thing for brake pipe benders and several other tools that you typically don't need on a regular basis. Last time I used their service was for a ford clutch fan wrench.
 

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Yeah, Thats a great idea. I was actually looking at that last weekend when I was there buying brake parts for the wifes Passat. They had a big plastic sheet on the checkout counter with all the tools you could rent and they had a Pickle fork (ball joint fork thingy) :) listed.

Thanks for the reminder. :D
 

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I was in the process of replacing my ball joints so I thought I'd take a few pictures of the upper ball joint to share with those that have never had their front end apart.

The first picture shows the upper ball joint before it is attached to the upper control arm, notice the offset in the mounting holes.

The second picture shows the ball joint in the standard position and the third shows it rotated 180 degrees.

hth
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nice page you made. it doesn;t look bad, and if you can do that, you can do even more, do you know xara webstyle? thats a program to make a website that looks professional but can be made with basic html skills.. i made some and planning to make one about my gt too. and gt in general. but it can be downloaded off the web.. if you are furmiliar with that. if you want to know more about it pm me.
cheers
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bq97 said:
I was in the process of replacing my ball joints so I thought I'd take a few pictures of the upper ball joint to share with those that have never had their front end apart.

The first picture shows the upper ball joint before it is attached to the upper control arm, notice the offset in the mounting holes.

The second picture shows the ball joint in the standard position and the third shows it rotated 180 degrees.

hth
Brian

Perfect perfect perfect. Just what I needed. Thanks

Oh, wait... Between pic 2 and 3, you did un bolt it, take it out rotate it and then bolt it back in right? Not just turn it in its place.
 

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tom_laan said:
nice page you made. it doesn;t look bad, and if you can do that, you can do even more, do you know xara webstyle? thats a program to make a website that looks professional but can be made with basic html skills.. i made some and planning to make one about my gt too. and gt in general. but it can be downloaded off the web.. if you are furmiliar with that. if you want to know more about it pm me.
cheers
tom

I know Dreamweaver on a limited basis and I have some templates that I can work with to make it look better and when I have some time, Ill make it look better. I threw this one up in about 30 minutes. I figure if I have more spare time to build a complete website, then I just blew a bunch of hours I could of been working on my car instead.

Ill look into that program. SOunds interesting. Thanks
 
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