1995 F250 RCLB 4x4 ZF5 165,000-ish miles. Stock Dana 50. No, I'm not about to do a 60-swap.... Wanna do all the steering links, knuckle-to-knuckle -- outer tie rods, inner rod on left side, center link to the pitman arm, new adjuster sleeves. Couple of questions:
* Is there really a big advantage to going "Professional grade" with the parts? RockAuto has the usual zillion options, but to get all parts of the same brand (dunno if that's useful...), it's either Raybestos "Service grade" or Raybestos "Professional grade". Tallying up shopping carts for all six parts of each grade, it's about $130 for the "Service Grade" and
over $350 for the "Professional grade". Are they really that different? Shewt, even the adjuster sleeves are, like, more than twice the price for the "pro grade". I've had one mechanic tell me that the only difference is the warranty period (in this case, 2 years vs. 1).
* Here's my grand plan on the R&I
- Measure joint-to-joint distances before starting - knuckle-to-knuckle, knuckle-to-pitman, etc. Write them down.
- Drop the whole assembly at once - joint separator on the joints at the knuckles and the pitman arm.
- Install new parts one at a time and assemble with the new sleeves. Adjust the sleeves so that all joint-to-joint measurements match the original.
- Grease all joints.
- Drive it to the alignment shop
Advantage - if something goes awry with the new parts, I can re-install the old assembly without touching the adjustment sleeves, and still have a halfway-driveable truck. Sound like a plan?