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Old 01-29-2014, 05:03 PM
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05 F350: Any tips for replacing track bar ball joint and bushing?

Just bought an 05 F350 with a 6" lift on 37s. Drives nice but there is some slop in the steering. PO told me that the track bar ball joint was junk and he was going to replace it. I negotiated into the price that I would fix it. Going to do the bushing that attaches to the frame as well while I am there with a MOOG piece. Any tips? Do i need any special tools? Any good writeups out there? Also can anyone confirm the part number for the ball joint? Also i read that some people "flip" the balljoint (appears the press it into the axle the other way) to eliminate the angle between the tie rod and the track bar. Anyone do this? What are the benefits?

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You need a ball joint press kit to get it in and out. I would not flip the ball joint, it should have a trac bar drop mount to fix angle. I have done them with the loaner autozone joint press kits. Trick is to cut the pin off the old joint so the socket can touch the joint base.
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You need a ball joint press kit to get it in and out. I would not flip the ball joint, it should have a trac bar drop mount to fix angle. I have done them with the loaner autozone joint press kits. Trick is to cut the pin off the old joint so the socket can touch the joint base.
Cool sounds like it shouldnt be too bad. Any tips for doing the track bar bushing on the other end?
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Cool sounds like it shouldnt be too bad. Any tips for doing the track bar bushing on the other end?
I would suggest replacing the track bar with one from Carli or Pure Performance while you have it apart. Both of them are stronger that the factory unit and use a much better joint at the frame side. They also correct the axle side end of the bar to put that ball joint at a better angle. This takes some stress off of that ball joint for a far longer life.
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I would suggest replacing the track bar with one from Carli or Pure Performance while you have it apart. Both of them are stronger that the factory unit and use a much better joint at the frame side. They also correct the axle side end of the bar to put that ball joint at a better angle. This takes some stress off of that ball joint for a far longer life.
Im just going to do the bushing and ball joint for now. if its still an issue in the future I will go that route, but for now, $70 in bushings and ball joints is better than $400+ for a new arm
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No need for a new trac bar unless your lifted and have no other means to correct, like a drop mount. The stock setup is plenty strong that ball joint is huge and will not come apart.
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