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I just ordered upper ball joints w/ control arms!!!

Hey everyone, I finally got around to ordering upper ball joints w/ control arms from www.rockauto.com & they are MOOG brand! I can't wait till they come in so that I can get an allignment... FINALLY!

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You do know Moog makes the upper ball joints without buying the whole control arm right? It's a pain in the *** to replace them and it takes using some 3/4" drive sockets on the ball joint tool but it can be done...
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I thought that the upper ball joints were inseperatable?

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Normal aftermarket balljoint dont fit the stock arm.. however most aftermarket arms.. arent as good as stock as far as adjustment....

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I thought that the upper ball joints were inseperatable?

Brenton
Nope, Moog actually makes a ball joint that replaces it. What happened is the ball joint pushes out through the top which means you've gotta push it out from the pecker end of the ball joint which is completely *** backwards from other ball joints and if you do it wrong you'll fracture the ball joint. I was lucky enough to do upper and lower ball joints when I worked at a GM dealer because the used car department didn't want to buy the whole control arm for 140 some dollars a piece. It paid 6 hours and because of those ball joints it took every bit of 5 hours. For the bs you go through to change them it probably is just easier to buy the whole arm. Oh and a word of advice: Before you remove the old control arms if you're doing it yourself take a can of spray paint and paint over the bolts and the arms and then make comparisons when you do the new ones so it's close enough on camber and caster to even drive to get aligned. Plus if you bring it to them too far out they will sell you a cam kit for your truck to fix the alignment even though it doesn't need one.

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I'll probably just get my truck hauled up to the place to get my allignment. And I got my upper control arms for $93 & $97, so I was pleased since Ford wanted about $147 a pop...

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why is MOOG so good?

i dont know anything about this stuff....
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Well Moog is a quality name in the land of cheap imported parts...they are also
greaseable.
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let me clear this up

moog does NOT offer a replacement balljoint for the factory upper arms for rangers with torsion bar front ends. you will have to replace the entire arm. now when replacing the upper arm with a moog part you can replace just the balljoint if needed.

however on factory coil spring front end rangers you can replace just the balljoint and not the entire upper arm.

the moog upper arms are 100 times better then the stock units.
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let me clear this up

moog does NOT offer a replacement balljoint for the factory upper arms for rangers with torsion bar front ends. you will have to replace the entire arm. now when replacing the upper arm with a moog part you can replace just the balljoint if needed.

however on factory coil spring front end rangers you can replace just the balljoint and not the entire upper arm.

the moog upper arms are 100 times better then the stock units.
Yeh, I got the arms & joints...

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