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I finally found the root cause of my death wobble.
I ordered new ball joints (Spicer 706944X). I removed everything except the steering knuckle. I used a pickle fork to remove the steering knuckle. When I used the pickle fork on the upper ball joint, the steering knuckle came loose but to my surprise, the upper ball joint came right off. It turns out the upper hole in the inner C is now too large for the ball joint. Has anyone else had this problem? The bottom ball joint is still in the inner C and will need to be pressed out. I am hoping the upper spicer ball joint will fit. If not, what are my options? Are oversized ball joints available?
 

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Okay - sorry about the mass confusion here. I moved back the post to this thread that Norm moved to an out of sight area. :eek:

As far as users deleting their own posts, the edit window expires after a couple of hours. Unfortunately I can't access those options to change it to another value.
 

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Update - I ordered new ball joints (Spicer 706944X). I removed everything except the steering knuckle. I used a pickle fork to remove the steering knuckle. When I used the pickle fork on the upper ball joint, the steering knuckle came loose but to my surprise, the upper ball joint came right off. It turns out the upper hole in the inner C is now too large for the ball joint. Has anyone else had this problem? The bottom ball joint is still in the inner C and will need to be pressed out. I am hoping the upper spicer ball joint will fit. If not, what are my options?

Appreciate any and all comments.
Your option would be to install a knurled ball joint.
 

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Couldn't you just buy a new knuckle?
 

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Someone apparently previously installed a knurled ball joint (the one you are trying to replace) This slightly enlarges the opening that the ball joint fits in, so if you try to put in an OEM joint it will be loose. You will need to replace it with another joint that has the knurled outer body, it should fit tight. If a knurled joint is a bit loose, then you will have to resort to further mods, either a new C welded onto the axle or....I would try installing the slightly loose joint with a bit of epoxy. JB Weld would be my choice. Let it cure completely before completing assembly. Its worth a shot.
 
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