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Justin is right, there's a big difference in how long they last. I think it mostly depends upon what you're doing with it and tire size. Bigger tires and deep rims eat ball joints, so do snow plows. I have a friend who owns a repair shop. He tells me that 40,000-60,000 is about average, however, he has seen them bad in 20,000 and also last 100,000+.
With 125K on it, I think it's probably due for new joints. If you don't it'll eat your tires in short order. I usually replace everything when I do a front end. (tie rod ends, drag link and shocks) They drive like new and don't wander around.
2001 F250 Platinum Edition, 7.3, Automatic, Superchips tuner.