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Old 11-24-2012, 06:27 AM
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My ball joint replacement experience that can help you (2005)

Well after reading up on all the ball joint DIY's, I went to lowes and made the "hub seal driver." After many hours fighting with snap rings (NOTE: You will need thin snap ring pliers to fit between the hub and the axle shaft. I had to buy new snap ring pliers because of this.) and frozen/rusted parts, I was able to get the new Moog joints in and start reassembly. Unfortunately, the "special tool" that I had made only fits 99-04. The 05-07 shafts are much bigger. After many stops to different stores I finally went to Home Depot. They were the only ones that I found that carry 2" pipe. I got an 8" section of 2" pipe, a floor plate for 2" pipe, and a 2" pipe cap. With this tool made, I easily drove the seal onto the axle shaft. I also created a driver made out of pvc that would support both the inner and outer parts of the hub seal. It took a heck of a lot longer than I ever thought to get it done but I'm glad that it is over with. One last thing, but there are new "revised" dust seals that are metal and rubber. I swore they gave me the wrong part but after some explanation I can tell you that these dust seals are a MUCH better design. Anyways I hope this helps anyone attempting ball joints on an 05-07.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:38 AM
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BRS-170 is the motorcraft number for the new axle tube seals. I agree that they are a much better design
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there isn't a lot of info for the 05 up variables

I was able to figure out the 2" pipe /floor plate and cap before I did mine

however I had to turn the floor plate down a little ( a grinder will suffice just like you need to do on the 05- with the 1.5 fittings) and I did notice if you thread the pipe all the way into the floor plate the inner diameter of the pipe will interfere with the OD of the Axle stub shaft so leave it un threaded a little or ream out the pipe

the only downside to the new dust seal is it will hide a leaky inner axle seal

Oh I now have more snap ring pliers than anyone I know I finally got a set from Grainger that worked ,, the interchangeable ones were to fat and some were to wimpy

luckily I wasn't under the gun to find a set that would work since I was just doing a vacuum seal

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Old 11-24-2012, 07:26 AM
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I bought the 05 up seal tool on amazon for 58bucks. I was looking to make it but non of the hardware stores around here carried the 2" floor mount plate.
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