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Old 05-09-2012, 12:44 AM
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Large tires to any front oem suspension (cars of trucks) is hard on the ball joints, tie-rods, idler arm and pitman arm. The way to check for bad suspensions parts is by jacking up one side to the front so that one of the front tires is off the ground. This will require two people to do this. When you pull on the tire to move left and right there should be none to little play but have your buddy or yourself and check for any movement in the tie-rods, idler arm and pitman arm. Any extra/odd movements replacement for this is a sign of being worn out. Again at the tire pull on the tire to move up and down to check upper and lower ball joints for that tire side. Any movement of the ball joint at the spindle or crack dust cover, replace them. Repeat the same process to other side of truck. Replace ball joints with grease fittings.
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