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Large tires and ball joints

Just curious how large tires (37's) affect already worn ball joints?
Right after I installed my 18's and 37's, my truck would shake (entire truck and steering wheel would go side to side) when stopping from speeds of around 50mph or higher.
I put on new rear rotors and brakes and will be doing the fronts next week along with ball joints and front ujoints. My ball joints are definitely toast.

Would big tires affect the already worn ball joints enough to shake the truck?
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Easy to check. Jack truck up and grab the bottom and top of tire and see if there is play. While your there check wheel bearings too.

If they are shot you can always upgrade to the Dynatrac ball joints. They are rebuild able without pressing them out of knuckle. You probably would never have to mess with them again.

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You will get some axle wrap with a heavy trailer, I can feel it when towing my gooseneck with some heavy equipment. My Deavers will wrap enough to make the tires rub the front of the rear fender well if I give it too much throttle on aceleration.
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Easy to check. Jack truck up and grab the bottom and top of tire and see if there is play. While your there check wheel bearings too.

If they are shot you can always upgrade to the Dynatrac ball joints. They are rebuild able without pressing them out of knuckle. You probably would never have to mess with them again.
Sorry for hijack but dynatracs are rebuildable without taking them out of knuckle? Any pictures, wish I would of known that..

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I will post a couple tomorrow. Yes you don't have to press them out of the knuckle to rebuild them. I have seen these tested and they hold up real well.

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I will post a couple tomorrow. Yes you don't have to press them out of the knuckle to rebuild them. I have seen these tested and they hold up real well.
Cool man thanks.

The way Layson described in the proper way. How big of tires did you have on previously to installing the 37s? Larger the tire the more stress it will put on the bjs (lol).

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already bought xrf's, those look interesting though.

I had 33's on. I know my ball joints are gone, just thought it was weird that this issue happened after the tire install and only happens at higher speed braking. Figured the extra weight might have brought the bad ball joints symptoms out even more?
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Worn out steering stabalizer could be an issue too. When i had 40's under my old truck, the stock unit was worn and not near enough to keep such a big tire under control.
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Always a suggestion. Would an upgraded single stabilizer be sufficient such as a Bilstein or something?
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