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    Ball Joint - Can't Remove

    Hey guys the ball joint on my GX345's steering cylinder broke, and I'm trying to replace it with the new one, but I cannot get the broken one off. Any ideas? I've tried brute force, heating it with a torch, cooling it with CO2, penetrating oil, etc...

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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    The body of the joint is held in place by a jam nut. Tighten the nut onto the rod, away from the body of the joint, then put a wrench on the two flats of the body and it should unscrew without too much trouble.
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    Yes, you need two wrenches:
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    Oh, and I just remembered that one end of the tie rod (at least on my 455) used left-hand threads, so you may be tightening them up!
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    Thanks guys for at least confirming my thought that it was just a jam nut and not somehow fastened another way. I finally just got it free. I took a torch to it and heated it up really really hot, and it finally broke loose.

    Just for everyone's knowledge in the future, the ball joint on the steering cylinder of a GX345 is normal/right threaded. The Jam nut is 3/4" and the ball joint is 5/8".

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    Thanks for the follow up, and I forgot to say:

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