Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Mark VIII Upper arms/ball joints replacement results
Got my replacement arms from Rockauto.$77 each.
Started driver's side first. The air ride suspension posed little problem. Actually made it much easier than a spring setup. Let the air go and you can drop it out without a bunch of wrestling.
Did remove the fender liner and accessed the rear nut from the access hole. It was a little tight, but got it out.
Both pivot bushings were totally worn and sloppy even by hand.
Passenger side was actually not too bad. The rear nut had no clearance but by using self ratcheting tubing wrench I was able to break it loose and work it out.
All clunks are gone and there are fewer vibrations in the steering for sure. Now on to the alignment shop.
Prior to the work, I was able to grab the driver's arm and feel the slop.
Car had 90k miles on it, so if you are anywhere near that, you may want to evaluate the condition of yours.
Most fun I ever had was with the Texas TCCOA guys making power and drag racing.
Now I am using a 2001 BMW M3 Vert for fun.