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New ball joints

I just replaced the ball joints on my dana 60, getting it prepped to be SAS'd and the joints are so stiff that to move the knuckles I have to hit them with a mallet. The new ball joints are cheaper greasable chinese made joints. Should this stiffness be a cause for concern?

I torqued them to spec, upper at 70ft-lbs, lower at 150ft-lbs.

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Ball joints are soposed to be stiff when new. Maybe not that stiff since they are Chinese junk. Did u grease them up or no grease fittings?

May i ask why u put junk in so u can replace them 20k miles from now? Heck good ones only last about 80k in a balljoint 60

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because the china ones were 225 (Universal joints are included in both prices) compared to 435 for the moog joints, and in 20k miles time I will be making about 30k more a year... AND I didn't know about XRF equipment until AFTER I installed them. Also, they have not been greased yet.

Should I replace the spicer U-joints with the precision brand greasable ones I bought, or leave the spicer joints in? They still feel pretty solid, but there is no telling how long they'll last. I could return the others and wait to get different joints. But it sounds like I may be redoing ball joints soon.

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