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Is this Upper Control Arm/Balljoint fixable? *Pics Inside*

I bought the car like this a month ago and didn't notice it until the car was on the lift getting new brakes put on. I never saw it because the car is lowered. The steering wheel is starting to shake a bit more now at higher speeds. I don't want my wheel to end up flying off on the highway and want to take care of it as soon as possible. Can I just take the knuckle off and tighten something? Or am I going to have to replace the whole control arm?



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dude i think you have to cange a hole control arm. it is not expencive.
check any junk yard.
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Looks very un-safe, for the fronts I would just replace them with new ones unless you plan on selling the car soon.

And oh yea, you can't just replace the ball joint have to get the whole control arm like the last dude said.
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Thanks for the heads up guys, I'm going to buy some new ones off of dbd6604 in the for sale section. :D The rest of them on the car seem fine, I'm going to just replace the front uppers then. The passenger side bushing is already starting to tear...so.
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Looks very un-safe, for the fronts I would just replace them with new ones unless you plan on selling the car soon.

And oh yea, you can't just replace the ball joint have to get the whole control arm like the last dude said.


no you don't. the BJ's can be pressed outta the control arms, you just gotta take the PITA retaining ring off first.
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Re: Is this Upper Control Arm/Balljoint fixable? *Pics Inside*

Why do they not sell the ball joint without buying a whole uca then?
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Why do they not sell the ball joint without buying a whole uca then?
they do........or at least they did at one point.

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Re: Is this Upper Control Arm/Balljoint fixable? *Pics Inside*

Sorry for being such a noob, but can you guys explain why this look so bad? I try to learn from others. Thank you
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no you don't. the BJ's can be pressed outta the control arms, you just gotta take the PITA retaining ring off first.
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they do........or at least they did at one point.
I believe you can buy stock replacement balljoints at places like autopartswarehouse as well as...

...copied from another thread:
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If you decide to get the ball joints SPC are a good choice... I got them from ebay, just check the seller out. If you are too low it may bump though, 2.5-3"? I am only down 1.7" and I love them. I have used them for about 6,000 miles and they have held their alignment like champs. Make sure you get a real balljoint, not an "anchor bolt" (Ingalls makes a good one I've seen on ebay...cheaper, but I'd already bought the spcs; I have also seem a anchor bolt style that was called ingalls... sketchy?).

you want this:
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I've been told these get knocked out of alignment easily...
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if you are down 2"+ I would get a kit... 1.5" is borderline, I am 1.7"F and 1.5"R... had 227,000 miles on the lude and wanted to get fresh balljoints anyway, so I don't know if mine would have corrected or not. GOOD LUCK!!!
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Re: Is this Upper Control Arm/Balljoint fixable? *Pics Inside*

Yea, see i have tried to find just the ball joint before, every parts store in my town only sold the entire UCA and that was that. I never thought about the joints that change the geometry like above^^

If someone really knows where to find the stock upper ball joints please let me know, it would make it a lot cheaper for me as I need all 4 upper control arms.
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I believe you can buy stock replacement balljoints at places like autopartswarehouse as well as...

...copied from another thread:
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/se...t&N=0&uts=true

that should give you an idea of what to look for... they are so expensive that I would advise going with the ingalls/SPC anyway....

ebay (great place to get spc and ingalls pictured above):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SPC-F...Q5fAccessories

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Most of them are way to expensive for my budget. =P And looks like the $50 OEM SPCs are only for 97-01. I'm just gonna buy new control arms off of a fellow forum member that needs to get them off his hands.
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Most of them are way to expensive for my budget. =P And looks like the $50 OEM SPCs are only for 97-01. I'm just gonna buy new control arms off of a fellow forum member that needs to get them off his hands.
Yea thats the same thing I came up with for OEM, no 92-96. Too bad you are taking those off his hands I was going to try and pick them up after the 'ol tax return gets here.
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If I were you I would just order some through Majestic Honda, they are way cheaper than any other dealer.
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Yeah. The whole control arms are ~$140 a piece through Majestic. Not really that expensive compared to the stealerships.
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Alright just got my new ones in. Should be putting them on Monday or Tuesday.
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good luck bro. make sure to get it aligned afterwards. let us know how it goes.
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i just replaced my upper ball joint. i got it from NAPA for like 50 bucks. it was very easy to install. just call your nearest napa or any parts store for that matter. if they dont have it they can order it for you.
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this certainly helps me
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Guys I wanna pick this up: 92-01 Honda Prelude/Vigor SPC Adjustable Balljoint Camber Kit - SPC - Camber Kits - Suspension - Import Auto Performance

to replace the upper ball joints on my front and rear... the problem is I dont know if I should get the "-1.5 - 1.5 degree" ones or the "1.5 - 3.0 degree" ones?

The car is dropped probably about 2" - 2.5" on ground control coils and tokico 5 way adjustables.


I dont think i really need a camber kit style ball joint, but to just buy upper ball joints by themselves are so expensive I figure I may as well do these...
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^I've got -1.5 to 1.5 degree (almost 2 years and running strong! I like them)... I am dropped 1.7 in front and 1.5 in back... you might swing a 2 inch drop with those... 2.5... I really don't know... sorry... I'd say 3 inch drop you might need the 1.5 to 3 degree... I have searched and searched for info on drop ranges for each type... all I found was your post at hondatech, lol.

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