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What year is your truck? Dont buy the kit just borrow it from y our local auto parts store they will let you take it home you just pay for it up front and then when you bring it back they give you your money back! You said K1500 so Im assuming you have an older truck which Im pretty sure they had the bolt in ball joints but a year would help out alot!
 

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I just did the upper and lower ball joints on my 78 and I used that same tool. It worked fine for that one, but I haven't had to do the lowers on my Suburban, so I can't speak for it.
 

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Its a 99' k1500. Uppers are rivited in, lowers are pressed in. I think I can handle it if I can get the half shaft out of the way. If I can unbolt it and just take it out then I'm ok, If there's a special puller needed for the axle, then I'll have to get that also.
 

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LOWER BALL JOINT​
Removal
1) Raise and support vehicle under lower control arms. Remove
wheel and tire assembly.
CAUTION: Floor jack must remain under lower control during entire
removal and installation procedure. Failure to do so could
result in serious injury.
2) Support lower control are with floor jack.
3) Remove halfshaft. Remove brake caliper, and wire aside.
Remove cotter pin and nut from lower control arm ball joint. Using (J
39549), break ball jopint loose from knuckle. Remove knuckle.
4) Remove ball joint from lower control arm using Ball Joint
Remover/Installer Set (J 41805, J 41435-3 & J 414335-1). Inspect
tapered hole in steering knuckle. If hole is out of round, deformed,
or damaged, replace knuckle.
CAUTION: When installing lower ball joint stud nut, tighten nut to
align cotter pin hole. DO NOT tighten ball joint stud nut
more than an additional 1/6 turn to align cotter pin hole.
Complete tightening of lower ball joint stud nut with vehicle
at proper riding height.
Installation
1) Clean mounting surfaces of control arm and ball joint
using suitable solvent. DO NOT apply solvent to ball joint seal.
2) Install ball joint into lower control arm. Apply Loctite
680 evenly to serations on ball joint. Position ball joint in control
arm so that grease fitting is toward rear of vehicle. Press ball joint
into control arm using Ball Joint Remover/Installer Set (J 41805, J
41435-3 & J 414335-1).
3) Install ball joint into the steering knuckle. Install stud
nut onto ball joint stud. Tighten nut to 94 ft. lbs. (128 N.m) and
install NEW cotter pin. Install halfshaft. Install brake caliper.
Install tire and wheel assembly. Lower vehicle and check front wheel
alignment.​

LEFT DRIVE AXLE SHAFT
Removal
1) Raise and support vehicle. Remove skid plate (if
equipped). Remove wheel. Remove stabilizer bar from lower control arm.
If both ends of stabilizer bar are being removed, DO NOT mix left and right stabilizer bar components.
CAUTION: DO NOT use wedge type remover tool on tie rod end. Damage to tie rod end will result.
2) Disconnect left outer tie rod end from steering knuckle
using Steering Linkage Puller (J-24319-01). Wire tie rod aside. Insert a long drift through caliper and into disc rotor vanes to prevent rotation. Remove axle hub nut and washer from drive axle shaft CV joint. See Fig. 2. Loosen 6 drive axle shaft flange bolts securing tripod joint housing to axle carrier output shaft drive flange.
3) Remove brakeline bracket from upper control arm. Remove
shock absorber from lower control arm mounting bracket. Install floor stand or jack under lower control arm near ball joint to maintain spring tension and lower control arm position.
4) Remove nut securing upper ball joint to steering knuckle.
Separate upper ball joint stud from knuckle. Using shop towel, cover lower shock mount ears on lower control arm to prevent CV joint boot damage when removing axle shaft. Install Puller (J-28733) to left rotor to push CV joint splined shaft through hub splines.
5) Remove 6 drive axle shaft flange bolts retaining tripod
joint housing to axle carrier output shaft drive flange. DO NOT allow drive axle shaft to hang free. Pull slightly outward on top of steering knuckle to enable drive axle shaft removal. DO NOT stretch brake hose. Remove drive axle shaft.

Installation
1) Before installing drive axle shaft, inspect inner wheel
bearing seal on rear of knuckle. Replace, if required, using Seal Installer (J-36605). Lube seal lip.
2) To install drive axle shaft, reverse removal procedure.
Tighten all bolts and nuts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS table.

RIGHT AXLE TUBE & INNER AXLE SHAFT
Removal
1) Disconnect negative battery cable. Raise and support
vehicle. Remove skid plate (if equipped). Remove wheel. Remove
stabilizer bar from both lower control arms. DO NOT mix left and right stabilizer bar components.
2) Disconnect right outer tie rod end from steering knuckle
using Steering Linkage Puller (J-24319-01). Wire right outer tie rod linkage aside.
3) Remove stub axle shaft flange bolts from inner axle shaft
flange. Turn right wheel outward to loosen stub axle shaft from inner axle shaft flange. Push stub axle shaft toward front of vehicle, and
wire aside.
4) Disconnect harness connectors for indicator light switch
and actuator solenoid at right axle tube. Place drain pan under drive axle. Remove drain plug and drain lubricant. Remove bolts retaining axle tube to right frame.
5) Remove bolts attaching axle tube to axle carrier. Remove
axle tube by pulling away from axle carrier to clear shift shaft.
While pulling axle tube away, note shifter fork spring location to keep from losing it. Ensure that open end of tube is pointed upward.


Installation
1) If internal carrier components have been changed, see
reassembly steps 4) - 9) of RIGHT AXLE TUBE ASSEMBLY under OVERHAUL.
If internal carrier components have NOT been changed, clean mating surfaces thoroughly to remove any oil residue. Ensure shift shaft spring is in position.
2) Apply sealant (GM 1052942 or Loctite 518) to carrier
sealing surfaces. Install axle tube to carrier housing. Tighten bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS table. Connect stub shaft to inner shaft flange and install 6 bolts. Using a crisscross pattern,tighten bolts evenly.
3) Raise axle tube and install bolts to secure frame to tube.
Tighten nuts to specification. Connect tie rod end to steering
knuckle. Tighten tie rod nut to specification.
4) Install stabilizer bar, link, nuts and bolts. Tighten
bolts securing stabilizer bracket to frame. Tighten nut securing
stabilizer bar to lower control arm.
5) Reconnect harness connectors for indicator light switch
and actuator solenoid at right axle tube. Install differential carrier
drain plug. Fill drive axle with SAE 80W-90 GL5 gear lubricant. To
complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Recheck gear oil
when vehicle is level.
 
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