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Old 05-11-2005
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7000 miles sounds like a defective part. I don't think you can judge the design on that. Mine have 50K plus of HARD use and don't show any signs of failing yet --even after being underwater quite a bit.

And yes, I just checked: $25 to $28 APIECE. So the difference in price is major. I got two sets shipped for less than the price of one set of those.

How do you explain all heavier F-150's running the same joints? I know you're "in the business" -- but that also means you only see the PROBLEMS.

The Moogs are a choice, but really we just haven't heard of the major level of problems with ball joints you seem to be implying.
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Okay, got my two sets today. Promptly shipped and in fine shape.
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most people have no clue as to how to check the balljoints on torsion bar trucks, i bet your have been loose for quite some time, as wel as 80% of the people on heres trucks.
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Tell us how to check them then. I want to see how bad these are when I take them off. The procedure for checking them should be the same regardless of the spring. Most of us just jack up the truck and try to move the tires top and bottom. Is there a measurement you can do?

Also, if this is such an epidemic, why haven't you posted on it as a warning, and why isn't it being talked about more. The way you describe it, it should be a scandal. That's why I have a hard time accepting what you say.
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sorry john i dont post here much seeing as i am to busy replacing balljoints on fort trucks all day!
just kidding, well sorta.

you can not just jack the truck up and try to move the tire up and down, if you see movement doing this then your a bump or two away from serious breakage!

the proper way to check for play on rangers is to load the front of the truck under both arms as close to the spindle as possable, then use a 3-4 foot prybar and put it between the upper arm (under it) and the frame and pry up on the upper arm at the same time watch for movement at the lower balljoint, it will move up while prying on the upper arm, if theres any movement then its bad, you can check the upper the same way just put the prybar between the frame and on top of the arm and pry down.

we check every ford truck that comes in the shop this way, needless to say we keep 3 sets of balljoints in stock at all times, uppers and lowers.

and on a side note i'm on my 3rd set of lowers and the left upper has some movement in it at 21K.
this is from overloading the torsion bars!
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Got it, thanks! I'm just the kind of guy that needs specifics.

Are you thinking about the Moogs for the bottom? How do they hold up in general, especially with cranked t-bars like I'm doing (a full 2" I might add).

I'm sorry for the hard tone, but that's how I get when I don't have enough info sometimes -- ain't right, but there it is, lol.

I'll check the ones on the truck now before I replace them, then periodically to see how they're holding up. I'll use these ball joints I've got now until they're "used up", then I'll get the Moogs if I'm not getting good service life.

I'd like you to either take your "how to check" post, and make it a separate topic for everyone, or if you don't have time, I'll quote it in a separate topic. It's good info that a lot of people, especially hard offroaders, should have!
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Ha ha! Time to get more!

Now if only he had some upper arms...
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They have been relisted again.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...sPageName=WDVW

My only question is: Why is it that these ball joints have a different part # than the ones you get at ford???

I bought a drivers side lower ball joint for my 99 ranger 4X4.
The part # is: 2L3Z3050AA
His part # is: 2L3Z3050HH

What is the difference in between them, His looks exactly the same as the one that I bought from ford, and they looked it up by using my vin #.
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I don't know except they might represent changes in design? I can only tell you they fit fine. Other than that I don't know. Maybe Bob has an idea.
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I called my buddy, who works for ford, and gave him that part #. He called me back and said that it isn't a valid part #??? He told me that it doesn't come up in the computer as a valid part.

I don't know, but I guess if it works, then it's good.
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I don't know except they might represent changes in design? I can only tell you they fit fine. Other than that I don't know. Maybe Bob has an idea.
Ford is known for physically labeling parts with an "engineering part number" which is not the same as the part number the dealer orders.
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