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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: East Sussex
The tuning fork splitters aren't that effective and simply hitting the stud will result in a mullered stud and not much else.
Scissor type balljoints splitters are more effective, and a must if you ever intend to reuse the balljoint as the tuning fork type will probably damage the rubber boot.
Another option, if you can cobble together the bits, is to lift the upper wishbone so that gravity is acting on the upright, then with the nut almost removed (else you'll end up with a face full of upright) use a couple of hammers (one in each hand) and whack the upright (where the stud/spline passes through) so that the hammers hit either side at the same time, it should shock the balljoint apart. You need the tension of the wishbone being lifted and gravity pulling the upright down for this work.
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