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doozy 12-30-2010 09:16 PM

Ball Joint Replacement - What Kind and How Hard?
 
I'm being told I need uppers and lowers. Is there a certain brand I should be shopping for? The prices seem to range from $33 for a FULL set on Ebay, to $130 each through local auto parts stores. The ones that are adjustable or offset seem to be about double the price of the regular ones. I'm not sure if I need those or not. I have a 2.5" leveling kit.

Also, is it a complicated task to change these? I've ripped apart suspensions before on cars and toyotas, but never on a full size dodge. Any special tools required?

Any help is appreciated.

SnowChief 12-30-2010 09:38 PM

Replacing upper and lower ball joints is somewhat involved on any 4-wheel drive vehicle (if not very involved) depending on your mechnical expertise. You do need certain non-routine tools to do the job right. Of coure you need an alignment too once they are together. If it were me, I would have a professonal do it as you don't want to get it wrong since it is someting that can spell disastor.

tank120 01-01-2011 08:02 PM

Im not 100% on the offset but definitely go with the better quality, you get what you pay for (most of the time) and ball joints are not something you want to penny pinch on. If you plan on doing ALOT of off roading, check out Carli Suspension's web site, they have quality, rebuildable ball joints that are race proven.

CdnoilRAM 01-02-2011 12:04 AM

Look for the Moog joints, they are greasable, which for the life of me, I can't see why chrysler didn't allow for any kind of servicing on them.

dodgeguy 01-02-2011 05:31 PM

I'm not sure about the newer models, but on my second gen, the ball joints were riveted on.
I changed mine a couple of weeks ago, and it took forever.
I had to grind off the heads of the rivets, drill them out, and then pound them out with a hammer.

I would take it and get a quote.
If, like me, you were quoted $1400, do it yourself.
But if you get a quote for less than $600 or $700, let the shop do it.

erm 01-02-2011 05:40 PM

I agree...look for MOOG or NAPA ball joints which are greasable.

It's pretty straight forward. If you have the originals they are probably press fit in and riveted so you'll have to press the old ones out.

Good luck!

Mcbride 01-02-2011 10:55 PM

Moog, they are the best.

Changing them is not too hard, but I suggest taking it to an alignment shop once back together, and have it checked.

doozy 01-06-2011 02:09 AM

Thanks for all the info and help. I went with MOOG ball joints. I also need front drive axle U-Joints and it doesn't look like MOOG makes those. Is there any brand I should look for on those? Thanks again.

Mcbride 01-06-2011 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doozy (Post 402232)
Thanks for all the info and help. I went with MOOG ball joints. I also need front drive axle U-Joints and it doesn't look like MOOG makes those. Is there any brand I should look for on those? Thanks again.

Spicer has worked well for me over the years.

http://www.spicerparts.com/driveshaft/automotive.asp

marcoc 01-06-2011 11:37 PM

Quad4x4.com, google search they have u-joints and ball joints for the AAM axle.


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