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This write-up will cut your time by more than half. If you have any questions feel free to ask! It took me around 45minutes to complete the front drivers side, and this is with stopping and taking pictures.
Vehicle: 1990 4runner 3.0 v6 5spd
1/2 drive ratchet + extension
3/8 drive ratchet + extension
Flat head screw driver
Hi- lift jack and a floor jack or 2 floor jacks
Block of wood
In this write-up I am working on the front driver's side.
First things first, chock your wheels, jack up your truck, place tire aside, place necessary precautions under/behind the truck before crawling under there.
Once you've got the tire out of the way, the jack and jack stands in place, get the second floor jack put a piece of wood on the saddle of the floor jack, place it right underneath the hub, jack it up so that the piece of wood is only supporting the hub in place. Like so...
Once that is done, grab your 14mm, 22mm, ratchet extension, cheater bar and crawl under there to get a good view of what you need to take out.
Below is a picture of the lower ball joint, as you can see it is held in place by a cotter pin, a 22mm nut, and 4 14mm bolts.
At this point, it doesn't really matter which ones are taken out first as long as all 4 bolts, cotter pin and the nut is out.
Once that is done, you are now going to take out the 22mm nut and bolt that is holding the shock onto the lower suspension arm, pictured below. You're going to have to need 2 sets of tools to take this bolt and nut off. One to hold it in place and the other to loosen it out. Once the nut is off, if it doesn't pull out by hand, grab your flat-head screw driver, hammer and tap it out.
Once that is out of the way, grab your 12mm and take out the 2 bolts that is holding the sway bar in place. Next, grab your 22mm and loosen the 2 bolts that is holding the lower suspension arm in place.
Here is a picture of the rear bolt
And here is a picture of the front bolt
Remember all you have to do is loosen the 2 bolts enough so that the lower suspension arm can drop down.
Now grab your hammer and pound away at the nuckle of the lower suspension arm. A couple of hard hits and the lower suspension arm should drop down from the hub.
At this point you will want to continue pounding away at the nuckle of the lower suspension arm and the ball joint should pop right out.
And there you guys have it! Install should be the reverse. Just don't forget that the floor jack and block of wood is supporting the hub AT ALL TIMES
! If not, you're hub will drop down along with the suspension arm, and you may risk pulling or tearing your cv boot right off and that will be a b!tch!
I've also not included some small miscellaneous steps as it should be common sense. Such as the cotter pin, etc...
Good luck and happy tooling!