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Old 10-14-2010, 01:03 AM
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2007 4x4 with 85k miles. 5.9 Cummins with 35x12.5x17 tires.

I've owned this truck for about 2 months. When I bought it, it already had a 2" Revtek leveling kit installed. I just put brand new tires on it so I thought it would be a good idea to have it aligned. The shop I normally use has alignment racks that do not handle "long beds" so I took it to Tires Les Schwab (west coast HUGE tire retail chain). They called and said they couldn't align it because it needs:

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The quote after tax is $1373.50 AND I'M CALLING BS!

My U-Joints supposedly have rust on them, but since my rig is only about 3 years old, I'm sure it surface rust and I highly doubt they need replacing. As far as the rest goes, I'll crawl under it myself and see what it needs. My main question is on the offset ball joints. Are these custom ball joints so my rig will align to spec with the 2" leveling kit? Are they needed with other leveling kits or lift kits? I'm not opposed to taking this leveling kit off an starting over if I have to.
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Ya that's way overpriced, i just got an alignment done about 2 months ago for $60.
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A second opinion is in order......just don't tell them what the first guys said....
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I'm going with brad12kx on the second opinion... and if it infact will need the parts... I'd have someone else do it. That sounds a bit excessive for parts and labor.
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Offset ball joints are indeed meant to correct camber issues on straight axle trucks but it's rare that they're needed. Rust on the outside of a u-joint is NOT a reason for replacement. I also doubt that all your tie rod ends are bad unless you've really beat this truck up off road.
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I agree, get another opinion...
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The tie rod ends and ball joints are common weak links in the diesels. They tend to wear out faster with bigger tires.

They also seem to have more allowable play in them than other trucks. When I had my last set of tires put on they told me I needed new tie rod ends. I took it to a diesel performance shop near me who told me that the front end was within spec for a Dodge.

I'd go there. A diesel performance shop that deals with lifted Dodges on a regular basis.
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YA that sounds very ridiculous for s truck as new as yours! get another opinion like everyone has said...i can't see a leveling kit throwing out your alignment so bad you need offset balljoints....i just put a 5" lift in my 1500 with IFS and the alignment wasn't out too terrible!
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You have to be careful about taking your truck to shops like those. It seems like everytime I take mine to Brake Check or another national chain they always find something that "needs to be replaced". Same thing happend to me, they told me there was too much play in my wheels and I needed new ball joints, tie rod, and wheel bearings. In fact it was the idler arm that was causing the issue.... Best thing to do is get multiple opinions and find a shop that deals with lifted/offroad vehicles often.
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I honestly would never take my truck to any large chain (unless ya count a dealer as a chain) after I got my last truck lifted if it was any sort of work that I didnt 100% know what I needed to be done it would go to a 4x4 shop or a shop that I knew had seen many a lifted truck
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