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Old 04-29-2011, 10:20 AM
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08 f350 w/ 97k miles - needs front end susp. work

went in to get a alignment today and they said they cannot do it
without changing the left outer pitman arm, left and right tie rods (both boots are ripped)

they wanted 1k to do it all, anyone have experience with this? it seems very easy to buy the moog parts online and diy,

also how can you check to make sure these parts are bad/loose?
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:37 AM
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I would take it to another shop for a second opinion. or buy the parts do it yourself and then take back in for the alignment. either way I would still get a second opinion to make sure your not replacing something that doesn't need to be.
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I've seen the right side tierod sleeve go bad in as little as 20k miles. with almost 100k on it it's definitely possible all those pieces are worn

the pitman arm doesn't go bad but the inner drag link joint can in which case you need to replace the entire piece. it's probably pretty costly. parts will add up fast then add a couple hours labor for the install and i can see a grand going fast.

raise the front of your truck, wheels off the ground, and shake them side to side to feel for looseness.
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I've seen the right side tierod sleeve go bad in as little as 20k miles. with almost 100k on it it's definitely possible all those pieces are worn

the pitman arm doesn't go bad but the inner drag link joint can in which case you need to replace the entire piece. it's probably pretty costly. parts will add up fast then add a couple hours labor for the install and i can see a grand going fast.

raise the front of your truck, wheels off the ground, and shake them side to side to feel for looseness.

does the tie rod and sleeve come as 2 different parts?
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when i get new outer tierods, should I stick with moog vs. the offbrands from the store? also do I need new tie rod sleeves, or can I reuse the stock ones.

lastly the drag link has play in it if I rotate it with my hand freely, is that worn out? would I need the entire thing new or can I just get a new drag link end?

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i have heard moog makes good tie rod ends. I think i will go with moog when its time. For ball joints i am going with dynatrac
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