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Ball joint, alignment, tie rod

My main question is how long do ball joints usually last? I put the fabtech 5.5 on my truck in January. Changed all the ball joints then.

Brought my truck to get an alignment yesterday and they called me back today. They said that the upper ball joints are worn along with the tie rod ends. I know going in the mud lessens the life but it has only been in real mud twice.

So the guy said Iím looking at $900-1000 to fix that. Iím not as much worried with price as I am that these parts are still good. I am stuck at school about 30min from the shop my truck is at with no way to get there right now. I really want to go down there to see for myself that the ball joints are really bad. The truck didnít shake at all when driving, just pulled right.

I'm just pissed that I may have to pay $1000 to get an alignment.

So maybe this is a blow off post also.
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if you just installed them i doupt there bad there is alot of places that say there bad and there not. i installed brand new tie rods and ball joints on my truck once went to a place and they called me and told me they where bad i was like really so in 6 miles if driving they went bad eh...

personally tell the A-hole to align it and STFU...but thats me...
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Id tell ' em to kiss off and take it somewhere else.
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tell them you want then to show you the bad parts on the truck.
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they are just money hungry.....
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could be but he may have bad parts, seeing is believing. i have seen parts go bad like this, he also has a lift. my factory lowers were loose at 7K, replaced them with moogs, they were loose at 14K, installed a set of spicers and at 40K no problems.
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