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Old 08-27-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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E39 Rear Ball Joint Tool - anyone selling, renting?

It's time to replace the rear ball joints on my 03 540i/6, and I am wondering if anyone out there has the tool for sale or rent.

A few people on the other forums have them but won't rent them to their northern neighbours for whatever reason.

Let me know whatcha got!

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Old 08-30-2013, 10:32 AM   #2
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Does the regular Bol joint kit not work on these?
That can be loans from canadian tire or parts source
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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Hey oldskool,

I did borrow the 'normal' ball joint kit from PartSource, after seeing it being used on forums, but couldn't make it work with my particular car and kit. There is interference between the adapter and the wheel carrier + backing plate which prevents the tool from being perfectly square on the BJ.

Previous to this, I destroyed various washers, pieces of exhaust pipe, 5/8" all-thread and flat steel plate in trying to make my own tool, so thinking they are really frozen in there and require the tool to be perfectly square to get them moving.

Also read about problems with installing the BJ's with these workaround methods, with them getting cocked and jammed halfway because they aren't going in perfectly straight. With the old adage of "time = money" kicking in, I'm cutting my losses and have ordered the tool off Ebay to get it done quickly and properly.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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Here are a few tips on a homemade ball joint tool:


Due to the high force required, you can't use thin washers or muffler tubing.

I used:
(1) Cheap ball joint tool from Princess Auto:
http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/S...-Kit/8354714.p
and slightly ground down one of the receiver tubes down for the needed clearance.

(2) Thick 1/8" washers
(3) 7/16-20 threaded rod
Washers and threaded rod from Brafasco or Fastenal.

Here is the new ball joint being pressed in:


As with any homemade tool, you need to be very careful and make sure everything is aligned properly. If it starts to cock sideways, STOP! Remove it and try again.

FYI: New rear ball joints really make a HUGE difference in the stability of the E39.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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Yeah, that looks like it would work alright, good guide for future readers. I probably needed some of those stout washers.

I'd already ordered the tool of Ebay for $95 (+55 shipping, ugh) so I just waited it out. Didn't wait for long, ordered it on Friday morning, and it got here today, the next Wednesday - and that's with Monday off!

It worked perfectly of course, no drama whatsoever. One crack and the crust of corrosion broke away, then it just pulled right out. Had the new BJ chilling in the freezer, so it pulled right in no problem, and no fussing with making sure it went in straight.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:11 PM   #6
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So now you can start renting that tool to maxbimmer members.
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:42 PM   #7
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So now you can start renting that tool to maxbimmer members.
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So now you can start renting that tool to maxbimmer members.
Was thinking about just selling it, actually...

Also considered doing a ball joint tool 'delivery service' for people within an hour or two of the GTA. We arrange a date that works for both parties, you prepare the car, I bring the tool for a modest fee (cash, beer, etc), you pop BJs out/install new joints and then tool and I leave. The removal/installation could be done in less than an hour on a car that was prepped and ready.

But then I kind of get the sense that most in the GTA are taking their cars to shops though, so not sure of demand for this. If there's anyone out there interested, give me a shout...
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #8
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I got the real thing... U can borrow it...

Pm me and I'll give you my address...
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:10 PM   #9
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Nice to see the gererosity from maxbimmer members.
I'll keep it in mind when the time comes.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:42 PM   #10
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I'm glad I can help someone out. I've learned tons from this forum and others so I'd like to give back when possible.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:00 PM   #11
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Hey if your selling it I'll be interested in buying. Lmk
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:50 PM   #12
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What for? Just borrow it from me....
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:51 PM   #13
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2 reasons

1 not sure when I'll get around to replacing it and most likely the whole rear end will be apart

2 I want to machine a complete rear end kit.

Maybe borrowing it might work out depending how he wants to sell it for.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:47 PM   #14
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u can do ur own kit from bolt joint removal set u can get it from princess auto it worked on me did my 2 rears in 1h
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:02 PM   #15
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It's up to you, but my kit will always be available if someone needs it.
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