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Old 01-28-2013, 12:15 AM
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Default Teach me a few basics about front suspension please??

Hi fellas...and the few Ram ladies that are out there. Please forgive my lack of knowledge but I need a little basic front suspension info.

My lower ball joints need replacing as the boots are torn on both of them. Visually the upper ball joints and tie rod ends look okay. However, I do have a clunk in my front end over pot holes. So here are my questions.

Is it smart and relatively easy to go ahead and replace the uppers and tie rod ends while the lowers are already being done? From a standpoint of already having done a lot of the work to get to the lowers I mean? Can any of these parts be replaced without an alignment being required? My guess is no so replacing them all at once would save me from doing some of them now and some of them later if needed and having to have more than one alignment. Is this correct?

Also, I know this is very subjective so I am just looking for a ballpark. What is a reasonable labor charge range to have someone replace these parts?

Lastly, I have read a few posts about folks replacing sway bar links? What is a sway bar link? My knowledge of front suspension components is limited and I'm clueless on these. Is this something I should check into replacing as well?

Thanks for any info to help a relative suspension noob.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:51 AM
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I personally am a fan of just doing everything while you are at it. If you have the funds of course, you might as well. Tie rods are so super easy and cheap to do. I just put a piece of tape to mark the distance it was at IN CASE that back nut spins, it usually doesn't (for me). So I don't know how serious it would be to do an alignment after just that, but after doing all those joints and everything, I would get an alignment just to be safe.

here is a front end picture...the sway bar link is the curvey bar that runs over top of the tie rod (the vertical portion of it) http://www.classictrucks.com/tech/06.../photo_05.html
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Yeah, also i would just go ahead and replace those shocks too while your at it. I'm also a big believer in doing it once and done (the right way). And always get an alignment after any front end work (including new tires being put on).
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If its apart do it all (upper and lowers). I just had to do a upper/lower ball joint and tie rod end. The one side only needed the lower done but I figured while it's apart to the upper. I got a quote first and they wanted about $1000 just for labor and the parts prices were crazy! I was able to buy the parts which were better brands for cheaper and did the labor myself. I'm not mechanic at all and was able to do. My truck is a 02 and I'm from NJ so it sees all weather and conditions (salted roads) and it was bear of a job but accomplished. And yes alignment for sure!
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