Hello everyone. Have a questions, but first a little history that led me here. This past Saturday, I purhased a 2001 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO. Other than the ball joints and a few other normal wear and tear issues, the ATV is in good shape. The previous owner had all the oil, filters, differential oil changes, plug, service records, etc. Unfortunately, he feel on hard times and needed to sell it. I knew it needed some repair work, ball joint replacement, new brake pads front and rear, and some other minor such fixes/repairs.
Here is my main question: The right ball joint broke. I have managed to pull out the left ball joint THANKS to you guys. I know how to get the broken bolt out of the control arm. Vice and BFH will knock that out I am sure. What do you recommend as the best way to remove the remaing ball joint that is in the strut? I am thinking Heat, based on your posts. I will purchases a small torch for this today and try this after work this evening. Unless you guys have a better way/suggestion.
Second Question: What is the best way to inserting the new ball joint? Again, Heat? and/or combo of heat or just using something to assist in tapping the new joint into the strut?
I thank you all for your assistance and look forward to hanging out here. I have never had a four wheeler ATV, but am not unfamiliar with motorcycles as I have had bikes both dirt and street since I was 4 years old. Four wheelers are a slightly different breed.
I am looking forward to getting my Sportsman up and running to enjoy. It has 28 x 10 x 12 mudzillas on front and 28 x 12 x 12 mudzillas on rear, brand new, along with a few other features the previous owner added.