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Old 11-21-2010, 04:56 AM
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Question 97 F250HD Ball joints/control arms shot...

At 310,00 my front lowers have had it, want to replace upper/lower both sides, all kinds of info out there (and prices) about do the joints, do the arms, don't do the arms just the joints, etc. I am 8800 GVW, parts listings say "under 8500" and none say for over. Would appreciate some advice...what's the right thing to do. Planning on doing upper and lower arms unless someone who has been there has some other input?
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:50 AM
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2wd I assume? Also where are you looking for parts? I just got brakes and what not for my truck and it asked the same thing but had a listing for over and under 8500gvw at advance auto. Im gonna go out on a limb here and say the ball joints for both should be the same.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:35 AM
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2wh. checked several places on parts, AZone, others on line. Thinking they might be the same, was hoping someone would confirm. Also looking for thinking on better to do the joints, or just go ahead and do the whole arm.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:38 PM
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Only thing you can do is buy em and try em. You should be able to tell by looking at them. Ive never personally done the 2wd front end on these trucks. I dont see why you would replace the arms unless they were damaged or it wasnt too much more for the arms with the ball joints already installed. Also they rent out a really nice front end service tool set that makes doing them pretty simple. Works great on u joints also.

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Feeling a little sheepish now...

Well, just finished my brake job on the truck, looked again at the front end, it's twin I beams of some kind, doesnt even seem to have what i would call control arms.....gonna do some more homework. Looks like upper and lower ball joint replacement, not arms to me. The arms that show up when i check don't even look like my front end....
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