Front UCA Forging, swappable?
Some of you may know already about my unfortunate driver side front UCA saga, which to summarize, since my birthday back in October, I've been getting the wrong part inside a box labeled for what I've been ordering, the ACDelco 45D1001. This unit is the front driver side UCA.
I am now on my 7th unit, and the issue, I've determined, is with ACDelco and not with the vendors. I've purchased from RockAuto, Amazon, and Summit all with the same issue; a box labeled ACDelco 45D1001 but something entirely different is in the box. Well, on this 7th unit I received I actually received a 45D1002, the front passenger side UCA. Everything else up until this one has been something else entirely from Mevotech, ACDelco value series, etc. I've already submitted a return request with RockAuto on this latest unit (where I ordered from again) and they've also accepted to refund the original passenger UCA 45D1002 from back in October.
This said, I've noticed that the 45D1001 and 45D1002 are basically the same hardware in terms of the arm and ball joint with the only difference is the orientation of the ball joint. If I were to have this ball joint on this 45D1002 I just received pressed out, flipped over, and pressed back in, this UCA will essentially be the 45D1001 I've been trying to order all this time. After talking to a friend of mine who owns a shop, he has has offered to press out / press in the ball joint for me if I can verify that the arm itself is otherwise identical, which to me appears to be so (I don't have them in front of me, but based on the pictures I've seen, this is what it looks like to me). This is where my questions comes in....
Are the left / right side UCAs identical in build with the orientation of the ball joint the only determining factor as to which side the UCA goes on? If so, would you guys go ahead and have my friend do this job for me or go with the refund of the ACDelco UCAs and get a different product all together?
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