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Old 02-05-2005
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im not sure if the new ones are pressed in, rivets, or whatever ford used so i cant say but its not really that bad.
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advance auto, or autozone have them for 32, a local place has moog for 36$
(lowers)
Uppers are 95-110$

thats per side.

Those are ne ohio prices which are average I would think for parts.

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Old 02-06-2005
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I wonder, since the lower arm takes most of the stress, why the uppers are so expensive. Is it that the whole thing is one assembly? Or is that price JUST for a ball joint. The first post suggests you buy the whole upper arm, is that right?
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i know on the TTB fronts the uppers have the camber adjustment sleeves...no clue on the t-bar fronts
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You have to replace the whole upper the first time.
(The aftermarket ball joints arent compatible with the oem arm? or whatever)
after that.... you can replace just the ball joint but most of them are for lifetime
warrenty and they give you the whole thing again.

Moog "enhanced design" were 36 per lower and 108 per upper assembly.
Autozone was 32/97
cheap moog knockoff was 23/???
lower/upper
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I use Wagner ThermoQuiet brake pads. Totally unique ONE PIECE cast/sintered design. I've never seen anything like them. They work better than stock, never squeak, and make very little dust. They have an integrated backing material as well and don't require shims backing shims!

I was surprised with how much better my brakes are with them. They're readily available and only a bit more expensive then OEM replacements and totally worth it to me.
Wow, i'm really impressed with this guy. i totally agree with him, these are the only pads i use at my shop except for ceramics. definately recommend!
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Ah, good to hear my opinion confirmed by someone in the "professional trade", thanks! How did you guys start using them?

I got them after reading about them quite a bit here and there. My factory pads were gone by 30K or so, which surprised me and probably says something bad about my driving style, lol!
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I need new a new BJ somewhere on the left front, but don't know which one is bad. Is there a way to tell which one needs replacing? When I'm cruising through a parking lot with some bumps, my truck frequently makes a pop/clunk sound, you can feel it in the floorboard and it seems to come from the outermost part of the frontal suspension. It also does it after coming to a hard stop; when the truck's weight re-distrubutes to the rear, and unloads the front of the shifted weight, the pop/clunk happens again. It is definately related to the suspension's flexing....and only heard at lower speeds.

Is this a negligable problem, or does it need to be replaced ASAP?
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Old 02-07-2005
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jack the vehicle up so the ball joints are loaded. then have a friend or someone look under as u place ur hands 6/12 and pull back n forth. then get a large pry bar, crowbar, etc...and jam it under the tire and pull up. this will indicate weather the ball joints are bad and the person who is looking should look for movement in each.
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For brake rotors, depending on what you need, U can go the 'standard' route and get the regular (read:smooth) rotors from any auto parts store, OR you can check out nationalfleetparts.com and check out the SPPerfomance rotors, they have, drilled, slotted, and drilled & slotted.
I got the drilled & slotted rotors, and am lovin them. I'm using them in conjunction with the Thermoquiet pads (I too work in the automotive repair field) and my stopping ability is better than it's ever been. The way the holes are drilled is unique to SPPerformance to prevent any of the stress cracks that can/have happened on many of the other manufacturers rotors. Just my .02.

The rotors aren't cheap, but they work, just depends on what you want to spend.

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I guess you don't know that many of us are using the light background for our view. On my screen, your post is TOTALLY unreadable, and so I haven't read it. Got a thing about yellow, lol?!

Look at the bottom left of the page and there is a box that says "Default Style". It allows you to change the foreground background color scheme. Some of us are not using the dark background, so if you post with a very light color, we may not be able to read it.
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no, sorry didn't know that people were using the light color background....I use yellow cuz my truck's yellow, HAHA
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PLUS I thought the other style was the default, not this one, cuz when everything changed, this is what came up on mine
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Actually, the dark style IS default on this board. I'm just older and need the lighter style to see the cursor.

I thought it might be the yellow truck, since you used it in your signature as well!
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John, you could play nice and just highlight his text....
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Well, John, if I was smart enough to THINK of that I could have!!!
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For brake rotors, depending on what you need, U can go the 'standard' route and get the regular (read:smooth) rotors from any auto parts store, OR you can check out nationalfleetparts.com and check out the SPPerfomance rotors, they have, drilled, slotted, and drilled & slotted.
I got the drilled & slotted rotors, and am lovin them. I'm using them in conjunction with the Thermoquiet pads (I too work in the automotive repair field) and my stopping ability is better than it's ever been. The way the holes are drilled is unique to SPPerformance to prevent any of the stress cracks that can/have happened on many of the other manufacturers rotors. Just my .02.

The rotors aren't cheap, but they work, just depends on what you want to spend.

Jason
Whoo-hoo! Glad John M. took me to task. That was worth reading. Thanks 'Rat!

You all can talk among yourselves about how dumb I am. I'm just too lazy to change the format -- but highlighting...jeez I can't believe I didn't think of that...
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Your truck is an 03 and you've already had your brakes done? Damn dude...
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Yep... 36,300 miles...
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