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Old 07-09-2014, 01:45 AM
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Default Popped ball joints with bilsteins

Since a lot of guys here have levelled with bilsteins on their 2013+ trucks! I'm curious if anyone has had ball joint issues. I was warned by my mechanic that the crappy control arms on these trucks don't fair we'll with level kits. I looked around the forum and found only those with block style level kits are having the popped ball joint issue. Anyone with bilsteins on a '13+ truck want to chime in about long term use? Is this a conspiracy to sell zone uca's? Lol
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I have an 08 and am in the midst of replacing ALL of mine from my Bilstein level...or failure, I don't know which. The front end of the '09 forward body style has smaller control arms still so I can only imagine that they are still more likely to be short lived.

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I haven't heard of anyone popping ball joints with a Bilstein level. And no issues whatsoever on a 06-13 regarding ball joints.
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I truly doubt that as many people installing a level kit nowadays will ever experience this ball joint popping unless, the installation and torque procedure was performed incorrectly, or, the truck is being used in extreme off-roading practices. All of which, the improving or beefing up of control arms and other suspension parts should be taken into consideration if using your truck beyond the manufacturers normal wear and tear, usage guidelines. I, for one, never got this "ball joint pop" after having my 2012 leveled with Bilsteins for two years.
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I have a Bilstein leveled 2014. I was kind of worried about this issue too, but I've never really actually heard of someone have a problem... I've only heard numerous people SAY that other people are having problems.

Everything looks really healthy under the truck after my Bilsteins were put in (set @ 2.1) The ball joints don't look like they are at any ugly angle that would cause any problems, same with the Axles. Maybe there was a plague of bad workmanship off the assembly line which caused the issue who knows.
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My 14 with bilstein at 2.1 is fine after 3 months and many miles. Looks so much better as well.
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I just ordered the 5100's. Hopefully no issues
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Like others have said, I haven't heard many instances of Bilsteins ruining the ball joints other than ones that were screw up's on the mechanics part. Most popped ball joints always come from spacer kits. I wouldn't worry much about that with the Bilsteins. Just make sure your mechanic is pretty solid and knows their stuff.

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