Not really Mark..
Originally Posted by Mark98xlt
yes thats the right way to do it, but then again it will cost you a fortune but at least your doing it the correct way.
"Still haven't found a correct solution for the ball joint. Im open for suggestions...so far i've come up with raising the control arm. Fab new control arms. Convert to a Uni-ball system."
Still going to have balljoint issues.
I kinda snuck around it myself :) Let everyone in non something I did.
The Upper control arms have built in balljoints. Moog 4x4 arms have a REMOVABLE/SERVICABLE Balljoint. I bought a pair of Moog Arms and had a friend with a hydraulic press put a pair of slight bends in them. This changer the angle of the balljoint into the top of the spindle to correct SOME of the problem.
I have ScottyG's old XLT front end here and 4 pairs of old upper control arms/balljoints ( Yep, I go through a LOT of them ). I'm thinking the upper arms could be " Z'ed " and gussetted on the sides for strength.
I'm on the fence right now as I plan on adding about 200lbs to the front of my truck this spring ( and 2 more sylinders ).
A M2 suspension would be GREAT, but would require the removal of the engine crossmember and theres still some issues with ground clearence. For the amount of modification needed, it would be easier to buy Tubing, Use my bender and Mig and just make a whole new front frame ( or use the one I already failed at building/finish it ) .
The second is to correct whats there for proper suspension travel.
Sure, that guys truck looks nice, But looks are secondary for me. I like to get heavy on the gas and take turns sideways and such. 2-3 good hits on a speedbump doing 40+ and that guys truck is going off-road without a lift kit :) .
The BEST way to do a drop.. Spindles. Nobody makes them tho. If I could get ahold of a set of 2wd edge spindles ( I dunno if XLT spindles are the same thing? ), I dont think it would be ' too hard ' to have a set of spindles made. Would cost a bunch for a local fab shop, but it would correct a lot of the problems everyone thus far ( thats modified the stock suspension ) has had.
The owner recognized the problem as well. "The shock mounts have been welded in, but like you said, it's the balljoints. I worry about them too. ".
Lower balljoints are 10$ on Ebay, but the uppers are 50-130$ on average ( 35$each if you have moog arms ). It can become expensive and will make your truck a ' high maintenence ' wench like a babe from the 80's with the big hair