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Old 04-23-2013, 03:42 PM
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Radius arm bushing wear

I don't see much on the subject so I thought I would ask. How durable are the radius arm bushings? I believe there are three per arm, two at the axle and one at the frame. I have a 2005 F250 CCSB 4x4 with 174,000 miles on it and I'm about to install a Carli 2.5" lift. I want to make sure that my front end is in good shape so I am not spending money on a good kit and have the performance hampered by degraded components. I already have plans for balljoints and tierods, just replaced the sway bar bushings and endlinks. What else do I need to look at?
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:22 AM
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The best way to check them would be to pull the arm and inspect them. If there are cracks in the bushings or they look dry and crusty, may be time to look for replacements. Honestly, there are guys with WAY more than 174K on these bushings so I wouldn't worry too much. I would check your track bar ball-joint in the frame as those are known to go bad as well.
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I put a new balljoint in when I installed the trackbar. I also put new sway bar bushings on yesterday and that seems to have quieted and smoothed things out considerably although I haven't driven the truck enough to tell yet. The old ones were starting to come apart. I'm going to be all over Minneapolis today so that should tell me more. May try the end links next. For lack of a better description the truck has become a little clunky and loose feeling when contacting road bumps and potholes at freeway speeds and I am trying to chase after whatever the various cause might be. With my mileage I doubt it is just one thing major but probably several smaller issues in total that has degraded the ride and handling. I want to tackle these little things before installing the new suspension so it has a chance to work to it's potential.
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Clunky, loose feelings when contacting freeway obstacles sounds like your ball joints are bad.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:38 PM
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Well then maybe the front end needs less attention than I anticipated. That would be a plus.

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