Subaru lower ball joint

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    Hi, does anybody have a Subaru lower ball joint puller I can use? I've tried all the tricks online, or does anybody have an other tricks?
    Thanks!
     
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    Do you need to get it out of the knuckle? Use a big s clip or chain (or a ratcheting strap works in a pinch) and a large pry bar to pull the control arm down. Don't forget to take the pin out first.
    Do you need to remove the ball joint from the control arm? Ball joint puller is like $10-20 at harbor freight.
     
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    By s clip I mean a large piece of metal that is shaped like an s idk what they are actually called but you put the top side over the control arm and your pry bar under the control arm and pry against the S. Probably need at least a 2 foot bar. The s clip I have is almost a half inch in diameter and it still got bent from prying against it.
     
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    Getting the ball joint out the knuckle. Ball joint is pretty rusted on, I tried busting it off with a pry bar on the lower control arm but no luck. Ill probably have to make a something with a slide hammer.
     
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    If you’re not trying to save the ball joint I’ve used a map gas torch on the threads and lower control arm, frustration, and a heavy hammer onto the ball joint from below.
     
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    I went through this years ago. I had time and patience on my side, so every morning before work for about a week I would saturate it with PB Blaster. In the end, it came out with very little effort.
     
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    Still didnt have any luck with a 5/8 nut welded to a 12X1.25 nut threaded to the ball joint and a slide hammer so in the process of cutting the ball joint out. Hope it goes well.
     
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    Oof, best of luck to ye.
     
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    Decided to go with the home made version. Thanks for all the suggestions and advices.

    "Messy work bench due to frustration my apologies"

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    This is awesome. I have so many doodads made out of pipe and fittings
     

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