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Has anyone removed the upper rear suspension arm by unbolting the ball joint plate over the differential instead of splitting the ball joint? If you have did you encounter any problems? Was it easier than splitting the ball joint when you don't have a puller?
 

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For anyone else looking at this option it will work great. Have just finished removing the arm. Separating the ball joint is less work if you have a ball joint puller / splitter.
No ball joint puller, no problem.

Using a 21mm combination wrench and some patience you can remove the 3 bolts that hold the ball base plate on the differential case.

Jack up the rear of the Jeep and then position 1 jack stand to support each side of the Jeep on the frame ahead of the lower suspension bar.
Remove the rear wheels and then lower the rear axle as low as possible.This will allow you to remove the front bolt. The 2 side bolts will need to be removed together so that the anchor plate will lift a way from the differential allowing you the space required to remove the bolts.
 
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