Next, the tie rod was removed.
We broke the upper ball joint loose with a ball-peen hammer. Now the knuckle could be removed.
Next, the lower control arm was removed.
Next, we broke the ball joint retainer loose from the ball joint because we need to reuse it. We clamped the lower control arm in a vice and hit the retainer with an air hammer to break the ball joint loose.
Next, the Icon 2.5″ shock was removed.
We were going to raise the front of our truck about an inch and the front of the truck was previously raised about an inch and a half from the 2.5 shock. We were worried that our CV joint angularity was getting too extreme and that this would put stress on the CV joint and tear the boot. To combat this we got a differential lowering kit from Low Range Off-Road. The kit consists of spacers and longer bolts that drop the differential and skid plate down an inch.