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Old 06-09-2013, 03:52 AM
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Unhappy Fender Replacement?

I really don't want to make this story too long, but I had a little bad luck during my last trip to Lubbock, TX.

I was running a set of Michelin LTX M/S on the front of the truck. Within 100 miles of each other, both front tires blew apart at hwy speed (75 mph down here) and now I have to replace both front fenders, repair the running boards, and hopefully just re-install the inner fenders.

I can get the fenders for $75-$100 a piece (used and matching color) and my deductible on insurance is higher than that, so I will be doing the work myself. Never done a fender on these Super Duties, how difficult is a fender R&R for these trucks?

For those of you that would like to figure out why the tires blew apart, I have a few findings that need to be shared. I found a nuckle on the push rod had some play in it and was bad. Since the truck has 243K miles on her, I decided to order the kit to rebuild the entire front steering.

While installing the kit, I found 2 ball joints that had some play in them, but not excessive.

So, 2 ball joints with a little play, one push rod joint bad, and 100 degrees outside is my guess to what caused the blow outs. Or just tires going bad? I've had worse steering issues on past trucks and never had 2 tires blow within 100 miles of each other.

There is a silver lining though. I called Michelin, reported the damage, filed a claim, and I got 2 new tires out of the deal. They have a 6 year warrantee on their tires. Why not choose to get the truck fixed you ask? Over $400 worth of tires compared to $150 worth of fenders and some labor made it pretty obvious which was cheaper.

OK, how hard is it to R&R these front fenders?

Sorry so long, but still P****d that my truck got screwed up. Thanks for any and all replies!
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