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Cheap, expensive parts?

I have a 97 CC 4x4 long bed.

In the last year I have done everything under the truck, brakes, bearings, u joints, seals, gaskets, basically everything related to steering and suspension(new shocks are after this) water pump, oil cooler 3rd new napa starter, misc. wiring, rear tank rusted (AZ truck pretty much spotless) on ribs it sits on skid pans, fuel pick up screen broken off in tank, etc.

Trying to finish up my front end and took it to get aligned today after replacing all the tie rods, adjusters, bars, etc and the Spicer ball joints I just installed in January have some slight play already on the drivers side, plus I was told to put adjustable camber bushings in as well.

There are numerous front axle parts that are obsolete now, I try to find oem or the best parts I can, it's a one ton 4x4 that tows a lot.

First ever vehicle that had a rusted tank, the spicer ball joints irritates me, my local napa sends me birthday cards now. Lol

Is there no advantage to buying better parts, or do I just have really bad luck?






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Really can't go wrong with MOOG parts.
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Really can't go wrong with MOOG parts.
Yes, actually you can.

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Ok well you didn't provide brands or part numbers or any real useful information besides talking points.

So best of luck to you on your search for parts or whatever it is you are looking for or want from us.
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How many miles before the play? and how much play?

I've never seen these trucks stay tight, they are basically designed to wear out parts.

As for the best parts, it depends, if you use the truck you will always be replacing them so get the best warranty.

@OCVeloMan @Skyd Ram thoughts?

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OK, thanks for the info. To show my ignorance, what is the problem with 3 nipples...
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Ok well you didn't provide brands or part numbers or any real useful information besides talking points.



So best of luck to you on your search for parts or whatever it is you are looking for or want from us.
Well let's see, I listed spicer ball joints , OE parts, OE parts, ie from ford, and lastly was parts from napa. All premium parts, all with failures.


The moral of the post once again, why buy the premium/oe parts if they are going to constantly fail?

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How many miles before the play? and how much play?

I've never seen these trucks stay tight, they are basically designed to wear out parts.

As for the best parts, it depends, if you use the truck you will always be replacing them so get the best warranty.

@OCVeloMan @Skyd Ram thoughts?
It's not a lot, but its noticeable with a pry bar moving the wheel and enough that I can hear it when I start to turn and enough that they didn't want to align the truck like that, plus I needed $50.00 camber bushings for both sides to even get the front close to where it needs to be caster/camber wise.

I constantly see the ford has a straight front axle and GM has independent and straight is much heavier duty. Well, I have never replaced parts like this on any 3/4 or 1 ton GM I have ever owned.

Your last part about made to wear out parts is what I am feeling. Never had these issues with a king pin 60.

I will guess that I have 12k miles tops on these ball joints since January.

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Stupid auto hub c clip. Always broken.
Manual hubs here I come.

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Are you sure it's a ball joint and not a loose hub? I've never had any issues with moog parts, I use moog ball joints because they have a lifetime warrantee and well they are about as good as you can get, I run cheaper tie rods due to the fact that they can be replaced in under and hour. The ball joints are a little more time consuming as you have to remove the hub and axle shaft, time going on over 2 years on the moog ball joints and i dont have any noticable ball joint play. But i do grease them on a regular basis. So I agree, cant really go wrong with moog parts.
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Interesting thread, I shall be following this
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