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Old 03-16-2013, 06:36 PM
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I have a few Dana 50 D50 TTB questions

Been working on ball joint and wheel bearing replacement on my Dana 50 TTB and was left with a few questions.

Should I have a little more available suspension travel than this?



Is a little gap here ok? I figure the alignment shop will put a new "star" in when they put in a new camber bushing.



I've heard if i replace this, itll just tear up in 30 miles anyway, true?



I found this, so ordered the energy suspension replacement.



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Old 03-16-2013, 07:31 PM
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As far as suspension travel goes, it looks about the same as mine. I'm now wondering the same question as you... is it normal?

No idea on the rest...



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The D50 TTB uses a really heavy negative arch spring. You probably had a little more room when the truck was new but not much. The fix is to install a D60 from a F350 with springs that actually give. The next step up from that is Super Duty springs with a Reverse Shackle Kit.

On the balljoint, you should have a cotter pin to hold the castle nut in place. The dust seal will wear out but should last more than 30 miles. Mainly depends on how much you use 4x4.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:58 PM
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Yup, missed a few deals on D60's in the area. would have been my preferred method. But not worth $1400 plus most the same rebuild parts.

Looked at it, i can see how much torsion flex on the leaf spring the beam has, so realize it can't travel much, but would expect a little more than two finger widths. 1.5" of travel per side?

picking up new cotter pins, was more worried about how the camber sleeve and retaining star looked.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:06 PM
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It's hard to tell from the pic but it looks like the sleeve isn't down all the way. Also looks like the nut won't go down further, I am wondering if the correct ball joints were used.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:26 AM
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Just replaced ball joints and tie rods don't expect the alignment shop to do anything except adjust the toe and cheat the machine for camber and caster. I am so fed up with letting other people work on my truck, I ve taken it in 3 times to 2 different alignment shops and no one can the alignment right (pulled hard left after the first one, second one the camber was so bad the tires were about to falls off and the third time now it pulls right). Make sure you get a technician that is familiar with TTB otherwise they will just adjust the toe and send you on your way.
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