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Old 10-16-2006
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BallJoints and Tie-Rods

How hard is it to install these? I have never installed either before so i'm not sure of the process. Whats a good brand for these, I'm not going to buy some cheap *** ones....
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do you have play in the current ones?
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Moog is a good brand. NAPA's premium brand is good also. Both of them are greasable types and last longer.

Lower ball joints require a special tool to remove/install called a ball joint press. You can get one at Harbor Freight for around $40 -- cheaper when they're on sale.

You could also use a "pickle fork" aka ball joint separator.

Pay special attention to your upper passenger side arm. There are two designs out there -- one that is two pieces and one that is a single piece. If you have the two piece design, it's cheaper to replace just the outer section, which helps the cost. You generally only need to replace that part, which has the ball joint in it.

Edge 4x2's use the same upper ball joints as the 4x4 Edge/XLT, while XLT 4x2's use one with a smaller shaft. Lower ball joints are the same across all models.
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Yeah. The balljoints are poping like crazy.
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Some part numbers for UCAs, lower ball joints and tie rod ends:

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Originally Posted by rwenzing
These numbers are for with Rangers with torsion bar suspension (98+ 4x4, 2000 Trailhead, 2001+ Edge).


DS one-piece UCA 98~2006:
(MOOG K8708T):

UCA w/replaceable/greasable ball joint


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PS one-piece UCA 2003 1/2~2006:
(MOOG K80068)

UCA w/replaceable/greasable ball joint
Similar appearance to K8708T above but with slightly different ball joint offset.


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PS 2-piece style ball joint carrier only 98~2003 1/2
(MOOG K8710T) :

Carrier w/replaceable/greasable ball joint
Note: this part is discontinued and may not be available. The entire 2-piece PS UCA assembly can be replaced by the 1-piece K80068.


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Lower ball joint only 98+
Greasable, fits DS and PS
(MOOG K8695T)


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Outer tie rod ends
Greasable, fits DS and PS
(MOOG ES3461)
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Also, be careful if you install the lower ball joints yourself. They are marked for direction and must be properly oriented to allow full travel and avoid balljoint damage.
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I think i'll just have these installed because the more i look at this the less confindence i get in myself...Cause i dont really think i know what i'm doing....lol
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Hey if anyone sees this. I was wondering how much grease to put in them I just got some moogs and I got a grease gun.
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Hey if anyone sees this. I was wondering how much grease to put in them I just got some moogs and I got a grease gun.
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