Lower Ball Joint (Heavy-Duty Adjustable) [Bus/Vanagon]
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Introducing the GoWesty Heavy Duty Lower Ball Joint (LBJ) for all Bus & Vanagon. All-steel construction, fully adjustable and greaseable. These will be the last lower ball joints you will ever have to purchase!
• Bombproof All-Steel Construction
• No-Clunk Micro-Adjustable
• Low-Profile Grease Fitting with Protective Rubber Dust Cap
• Heavy-Duty Neoprene Grease Boot
• Lifetime Warranty - See "Warranty" tab for info
Fits: All 1968-79 Bus and 1980-91 Vanagon models. 2WD & 4WD.
Sold Individually. Two required per vehicle.
Replacing an LBJ on a Bus, or a 2WD/4WD Vanagon is very labor intensive. It requires disassembly of pretty much the entire front suspension. It is so costly on the labor-side that you do not want to pay a mechanic $150+/hr to do it again… and again.
That is the problem with all the other ball joints on the market: hit one decent-sized pothole and clunk clunk clunk goes your suspension. The relatively soft cap and malleable plastic internal parts can only take one good hit—and that’s it. It probably won’t completely fail (although that can happen, too), but the noise that ensues is maddening. That's why we came up with the GoWesty all-steel lower ball joint.
There is nothing soft or malleable about this ball joint. It can take hit after hit after hit without a whisper of a clunk. Tried and true over thousands of miles running the NORRA Mexican 1000, these LBJs are virtually indestructible—and when they develop a small amount of play, they can be easily adjusted back to snug and quiet.
Plus, these ball joints are greaseable, too. Grab a Right-Angle Grease Gun Coupler for easier access to the low-profile grease fitting (required for Syncro), or simply replace the provided low profile grease fitting with a standard zerk fitting (not included), refer to PDF instructions.
Service Interval: We recommend checking for excessive play (adjust only if/as needed) and greasing these ball joints every 3500-5000 miles. Checking them when you change your oil is a great way to remember!
Install tip: No special pressing tools are needed to press in just the body of the ball joint into the spindle or ball joint insert. If you don’t have the special pressing tools needed, it takes only about a minute to disassemble the ball joint - you can even leave the boot in place, it does not interfere during the pressing procedure. After the body of the joint is pressed in and secured with the snap ring, reassembly is just as easy as taking it apart---and there is no special orientation of the various components to keep track of!
Limited Lifetime Warranty for the original purchaser. Warranty covers all steel parts. Excludes rubber grease boot and dust cap.