98 Front Suspension 2 WD
Well, I've searched and found no answer to my question. My 98 Ranger 2 WD with a supercab and 4.0 liter motor is in need of a front end rebuild. All the boots of the upper and lower ball joints are shot, the outer tie rods boots are shot as well and since there is no provision to grease these things, I figure it is time to just replace the upper and lower ball joints along with the outer tie rod ends with greasable units. My qustion is this, are the upper control arms ball joints that are on a tubular style arm, with no torsion bar, replaceable? I've gotten conflicting info from parts houses saying yes and no. The complete arms are expensive and it would sure be nice if I could only replace the ball joints themselves. I've seen on Rock Auto.com that it can be either, how would I know if I can? My truck is one of the first 98's that I ordered in Aug of 97 and took delivery of it Oct 2 or so of 97, if that makes any difference. Any help would be appreciated since I need to get this done soon before I have a failure which wouldn't be fun. Thanks.