This past Saturday I spent the day installing new XRF ball joints on my truck. The PO had put Moogs on and when I bought the truck back in April I was pretty excited as I figured they would last a long time, but it was not to be as my passenger side upper was already shot and the lowers were starting to loosen up. After much research I decided to give XRF a shot, it was only $130.00 for all four joints. First of all let me say this was a bigger undertaking than I expected. It wasn't technically difficult, but just very laborious, it took me 2 hrs to get the drivers side knuckle off, the lower ball joint was rusted to the knuckle. The passenger side only took about 30 min. as I learned a little from doing the drivers side. Removing the ball joints was an absolute nightmare. My 1/2" electric impact did not have enough torque to drive the press and they were badly sized inside the knuckles. After about 3.5 hrs of PB Blaster, torch and hammer I was able to break them enough to press them out. I had put the new ball joints in the freezer overnight, added a light coating of anti-seize to them and they pressed in no problem. It was getting late and I had a duh moment and put the plastic thrust washer on the outside of the hub on the passenger side.....didn't realize it till I had everything bolted back together and couldn't figure out why I couldn't get the snap ring back on the axle shaft.
In all it took me 10 hrs to complete the job. If I would have had a pickle fork, pneumatic hammer and pneumatic impact I think I could have done the job is less than 3 hrs. It only took me 45 minutes to have both sides stripped down to just the knuckle, the rest of the time was fighting to get things apart. After I had everything assembled I was concerned at first as the ball joints were VERY tight. It took considerable effort just to turn the knuckle. However, as soon as I took the truck for a drive I noticed how much lighter the steering was and that I could actually turn my wheels on pavement when stopped now, which I could not do with the Moog joints. Time will tell how the XRF joints hold up but for the moment I much happier with them than the Moog joints. The only thing I am not impressed with is the seals. The literature described them as have a "triple lip" seal, but they are just flat seals with no lips at all. Also the upper joint seal is shorter than the Moogs were which leaves the top of the seal exposed since it is not contacting the bottom of the knuckle. I can't decide if I like that or not, it seems to me like every time I grease them I will just pop that seal right off. I took to pictures of the new joints installed, sorry for the bad quality, camera phone.