Special tool 204-293 ball joint splitter


I am about to change out the right front wheel hub, and reading the manual I need a special tool 204-293 to split the ball joint.
I can find it online, costs about £155/$220. I have looked at more generic ball joint splitters, but they all seem a bit too small.

Does anyone know a tool that works but isn’t that steep in price, or if soḿeone has the tool, if I could ask for some measurements?



The width and depth of the claw is of interest.

Two big hammers one held against the side of the Bj and the other to hit the opposite side, just loosen the Bj nut first.

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Yeah that’s pretty much what I did. Didn’t use any special tool at all.

Don’t know if it’s done where you live, but here, in USA, some of the above parts retail stores rent the tool set, which contains different shapes and sizes, for a very low costs - some even have a “loaner” program for the cost of the set, then you are refunded all your money on return - think it is a marketing plan to hopefully have you purchase the new parts - such as the ball joints, from them.

Thanks for the suggestion, if I don’t find anything I’ll try that :slight_smile:

Unfortunately I haven’t heard about any such program here :confused:

I do hear about such things on American YouTube channels and such. A bit jealous actually :smiley:

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Simple scissor ball joint separator always worked for me. A little touch up with grinder may be needed to clear larger rubber boots but that is a one time only mod.

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How does that trick with the two hammers work?

By supporting one side of the BJ with a mass (heavy hammer) the hammer blow tends to distort the taper on the BJ sufficiently to release it.

Bought 2 different tools, none of them work.

Only opens 45 mm, which is about 5 mm too little, or so. I’ll try and grind it.
Claw opens 19 mm, this is sufficient.

I just can’t get it into position.

I have tried hammering, perhaps I am not hammering hard enough, no give at all.
Still stuck with the b…d

I have ordered a fork, perhaps it’ll work.