For those of us with Superlifts Superrunner Steering kit with the unserviceable ball joint this is a good alternative. It's pretty simple, can be done with basic tools except for the tap, and replaces the ball joint with an F250/F350 joint.
Tools needed: Pickle Fork (tie rod fork), 13/16 socket and/or wrench, 22mm 1.5 tap, cutoff wheel or sawzall or haksaw, pliers, grease gun, and pipe wrench.
Parts needed: Moog/Carquest P/N es2214R ball joint,
1. First step is to take measurements of the new ball joint. This must be done relatively accurate or it could screw up the geometry of the arm. Keep in mind that you may only be able to tap about 2.5"-3.5" of thread in the steering arm. Hold the new BJ
(sorry no pics of this) up to the existing one to determine where you want to cut the steering arm. Remember the threads of the BJ
will only thread into the arm as far as you can tap. With the BJ
up next to the arm, mark the arm ~4" to the right of the end of the BJ.
This will be where you cut the arm. The 4" will give you room for mistakes incase you want to cut off another inch.
2. Next step cut the arm with whatever tool you want. Cutoff wheel works best IMO.
3. Now you can take off the ball joint from the pitman arm using the pickle fork.
4. Take your 22mm 1.5 tap and tap the end of the arm you cut. Be sure to keep it straight for the first 10 or so turns. It's a real bitch tapping something this big but it can be done. Just take your time and use oil for lube.
5. If you were able to create 4"+ of thread you are good to go. If you can only get, say 3" then you would need to cut another inch off the tube and continue tapping until you get 3"+. I would recommend a minimum of 3" for strength.
6. Once you have it threaded the correct distance clean the threads real well with the tap, oil, brake clean, whatever. It will make it much easier to get the BJ
threaded in if the threads are good and clean. Thread the BJ
in as far as you can.
7. Now check to see that the arm, with the new BJ
in place, is the same length as the arm was before you cut it. Use the cutoff pieces to determine that. If your measurements are within 1/8" or perhaps even 1/4" I would say you are good. Obviously the closer the better. Now you just need to attach the ball joint to the pitman arm. Don't forget the grease/dust boot and grease fitting.
8. I also put 4 tack welds on the arm/BJ
end for a little extra insurance. It may not be needed by why the hell not. If I ever need to replace it again they can be cut real easily.