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Old 03-09-2010, 03:27 PM
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Ball joints...

I just took my truck to my inspection buddy for a once over before its due next month, he said the ball joints and tie rod ends are shot. The truck is exactly 2 years old with 50,000 miles. No racing, no towing, no heavy loads... What gives? Are these things just big money pits?
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:29 PM
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I wouldent think that they could go that fast.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:36 PM
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Jack up the truck and shake the wheels on top and bottom.

If you have movement, you need to replace them.

I hate threads like this. Makes me want to run outside and jack up my truck. haha

I have 53K on mine and the joints are still in good shape.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:37 PM
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these trucks are notorious for eating ball joints. not sure on the newer ones, but that's how it generally is on the older trucks.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:38 PM
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with a mild lift and 35s do you think theyd cover ball joints? how much $ are we talking if the decide to screw me on something like that?
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:00 AM
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Depends on the shop.

Some places see the larger wheels/tires as added load to the suspension components.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:23 AM
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Depends on the shop.

Some places see the larger wheels/tires as added load to the suspension components.
Such a crock of ****.

Think about it. 95% of the time the truck is driving straight down the road. So if the centre of gravity is at 3' or at 5' what is the difference?

Last time I checked my tires are in contact with the ground ie, adding 20 lbs or weight to the tire really doesn't add any additional force to the balljoints.

In addition, the truck is designed to handle a 5th wheel which adds a considerably larger amount of load to the balljoints than a bigger tire.

The only way you are really affecting the stresses on the balljoints is if you change the offset of your rims.

Stock tires are 34.5 so if you get denied warranty for running 35's find a different dealership.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:07 AM
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i have 60k on my 08 and winter months carry a 8' 6" plow and ball joints are still good.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:20 PM
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Running stock size Terra Grapplers, no added backspacing or extra weight there. We jacked the front end up and put a long pry bar under each tire, both sides had a clunk clunk when wobbled top to bottom. Tie rod ends, top and bottom ball joints, PA state inspection... $1000 parts/labor. Sweeeeet!
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