I refused to use a fork to separate my ball joints because I didn't want to have to buy new boots. I used a gear puller instead and it worked ok.. Running without a boot will cause the joint to fail eventually.
In putting my ES control arm bushings in this weekend, I destroyed both of my balljoint boots. I searched on the SE-R list archives, and I found part number
9-13131-G. Courtesy has to order these, but the ES web site doesn't show them at all. I looked at Summit, and the same thing. DOes anyone know if these are the correct ones? Does anyone have any balljoints around their garage? I just need measurements.
ball joint forks? wtf? you are talking about the ball joints on the tie-rod ends in the steering right? all you have to do is loosen the nut to the end but noot all the way off and then tap the arm the joint locks into, tap it with a hammer on the arm not on the joint nout or the joint itself your not wacking it out, its taper fit a tap beside it will free it whereas pulling/levering wont.
After a quick look at suspension.com's web site ( http://www.suspension.com/nissancars.htm ), the part number they have is 9-13103. This part number is also on Energy Suspensions website. Maybe is was a typing error in the archives. I'll call a few local shops to see if they have any of these in stock. As for removing the balljoint by hitting it with a hammer, I removed by not removing the axle or the strut bolts. This way my alignment doesn't change. I $4 boot is cheaper than a $50 alignment.