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Posted September 02, 2014 - 07:56 PM

My 02 Silverado needs ball joints. It actually only needs one but I decided to do all. Then after price searching, I'm just replacing all the control arms. Well after pulling (cutting bolts) the lowers, I find that since the bolts were seized they managed to wear out the holes. Considering a wallowed out hole will never aligned right, I grab some 5/8" grade 8 washers, my grinder, and welder. Here is a before pic.

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This is actually one of the better ones. Others were worn as much as a 1/4". Hopefully this will do good. I just finished. It got dark on me so I will have the after pics tomorrow.

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Posted September 02, 2014 - 07:59 PM

Yep,thats how we do it also,but never used the washers,always replated and drilled..thanks for that info!


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Posted September 02, 2014 - 08:54 PM

I was thinking of filling them also but the metal is pretty thin. Figured adding washers would not only fill the worn spots but also make it a little thicker at those points.

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Posted September 03, 2014 - 08:57 AM

I was thinking of filling them also but the metal is pretty thin. Figured adding washers would not only fill the worn spots but also make it a little thicker at those points.

Eric S.

And thats a great idea,let me know how it turns out!


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Posted September 03, 2014 - 07:28 PM

Here is the after pic. I took a bunch but I think just this one pic says it all. This was probably the worst hole. I went ahead and did all 8. They all had wear. Some more than others obviously. The extra support wouldn't hurt anything.

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This idea was actually taught to me by my FIL. We were working on another project where a drilled hole was mis-measured and close to an edge. The washer solved the problem.

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Posted September 03, 2014 - 07:34 PM

Good repair Eric, should hold up as long as the rest if the truck lasts now.
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