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Replacing Lower Ball Joints -- few q's

Hi Guys,

I've been reading this thread regarding replacing my upper/lower BJs on my truck.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...OG+ball+joints

I just got my alignment cam kit installed with my 35s and had everything aligned. I don't really want to get everything re-align at this point in time, need to save some more money. My question is, is it really necessary to replace the uppers? Can I just replace my lower BJs and TREs on DS/PS? I'm going on 100k miles without replacing them once and I know my lowers have got to be shot, even though they look okay... My uppers don't seem to be that bad but I could be wrong.

What's your suggestions?
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how are your uppers??......i am unsure how to check upper ball joint wear, but if you do not have Moog uppers installed already, then you HAVE to replace the arms. imo, if you knew you needed joints, I wouldn't have gotten it aligned. doin it back asswards.

Its the lower joints that go out first anyway.
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how are your uppers??......i am unsure how to check upper ball joint wear, but if you do not have Moog uppers installed already, then you HAVE to replace the arms. imo, if you knew you needed joints, I wouldn't have gotten it aligned. doin it back asswards.

Its the lower joints that go out first anyway.
Shane,

I didn't know I needed joints at the time because the last time I checked them they were fine, the only reason I'm thinking they are shot is because I'm at 92k right now and I haven't touched them once.

My uppers seem to be in great condition to be honest, cus I just installed the alignment cam and had to take them off to get the new bolt cam in. The difference between the stock arms and the MOOG arms are the built-in ball joint correct? Otherwise why would we NEED to replace the arms? Just because we are replacing the lowers? If that's the case then I understand...

Not trying to be sarcastic or anything I'm just really really curious.
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Rent a balljoint press at the autostore and press new ones in, its not hard to do but you will need an impact.

There should be no difference in stock arms and moog arms besides the balljoints.
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Only that the Moog arms feature replaceable ball joints in the same arm....no need to dump $150 on a arm again, only $50 balljoint replacement and your good to go. Stock arms feature non-replacable ball joints. I think Moog is the only brand out there that feature that.
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Only that the Moog arms feature replaceable ball joints in the same arm....no need to dump $150 on a arm again, only $50 balljoint replacement and your good to go. Stock arms feature non-replacable ball joints. I think Moog is the only brand out there that feature that.
Awesome, thanks for clarifying that for me.
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Only that the Moog arms feature replaceable ball joints in the same arm....no need to dump $150 on a arm again, only $50 balljoint replacement and your good to go. Stock arms feature non-replacable ball joints. I think Moog is the only brand out there that feature that.
they are VERY easy to replace too
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