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While I'm replacing ball joints, what else should I do?

I had the truck for an oil change today and they informed me that my lower ball joints are wearing out (along with other annoyances) but hey, she has 125k miles on her.
I've been researching the process and parts necessary to do this myself. It looks like Moog is the go to for ball joints, part #k8607T, qty=2.
I'll borrow the press from the local autozone and fell confident that I can get this done.
In my searching of the forums, I see that other folks are doing other things while they're in there. So what else should I do while I have it apart? I saw someone in another thread mentioned axle seals, unit bearings and maybe U-joints? I'm looking for recommendations of things to do while I'm there and part numbers if you have them.

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Might sit in and watch this one.

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I would do u joints for sure while your there. I also would do axle seals (5C3Z-3254-AA) and the updated dust seals (AC3Z-1S175-A), and the o ring for the hub (5C3Z-4A322-AA). You can do unit bearings (not sure on the part number) but they are kind of expensive if you don't need them. The whole hub assembly is (AC3Z-3B396-A).

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I would do u joints for sure while your there. I also would do axle seals (5C3Z-3254-AA) and the updated dust seals (AC3Z-1S175-A), and the o ring for the hub (5C3Z-4A322-AA). You can do unit bearings (not sure on the part number) but they are kind of expensive if you don't need them. The whole hub assembly is (AC3Z-3B396-A).
Thanks, that is exactly what I was hoping to find out, thank you! I doubt I'll need to replace the whole hub or unit bearing. Does the hub assembly you referenced include the unit bearing?

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Thanks, that is exactly what I was hoping to find out, thank you! I doubt I'll need to replace the whole hub or unit bearing. Does the hub assembly you referenced include the unit bearing?
No problem! I think it does but I am not sure. I don't want to give you wrong info.

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that part isn't the unit bearing it's the 4x4 selector AKA hub if thats what the question was ?



your best bet is getting a timken (oem) unit bearing from amazon /autozone etc also the mounting studs are nice to have

the hub seal requires a tool FYI

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I appreciate it.

In my searching I've found this link: F-350 Maintenance

It seems to have a lot of good information on even though he is working on an 06. That site also lists the same part numbers that 04hdfatboy provided.

Also, this link looks like it has a complete ball joint kit including seals: http://fordsuperdutyparts.com/produc...2005-2010.html. The only other things would be to source the U-joints and unit bearings if they're necessary.

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that part isn't the unit bearing it's the 4x4 selector AKA hub if thats what the question was ?
Thanks for clarifying.

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that's a pretty good link most are for the 05 under and it is a different size tool etc the snap ring pliers were surprisingly hard to source I now have more types than anyone I know

if u use the 2 inch pipe tool do not screw the floor flange down tightly it will hit the axle stub shaft surface just spin it on a few turns

you are doing all 4 balljoints correct

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Yes, while I have it apart, I may as well do all 4 joints.

Being that I've never done them on a solid front axle rig, this will be a new experience for me. I'm not sure what the home made 2" pipe tool is for but I figure it will become self evident while i'm in there working. So just o be safe, I plan to make the tool and be prepared.

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