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A-Frames?

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I had my wheels off the other day replacing the brakes, and i remembered that my upper A-Frames are different, ill get some pictures.. but until then if anyone can visualize this, or w/e that would be great..


On my truck, the upper a-frame (propper name) where the Upper Ball joint is behind the wheels, has a different design on the driver side then on the passenger side...

as i said ill get pics 2nite, but does anyone know if this is supposed to be like this? it drives fine....
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ford made them different in different years.

btw Upper Control Arm.

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FWIW, I just did a Google search on the part numbers and this appears to be the situation. Note that these numbers are for with Rangers with torsion bar suspension ONLY (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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I need ball joints asap
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lol we replaced one on a 3/4 ton chevy a week ago.. that was a b*tch

it doesnt make since that ford would make different upper contol arms on both sides.. its weird haha
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it doesnt make since that ford would make different upper contol arms on both sides.. its weird haha
The different arm on the right side has another adjustment that allows more independence between the camber, caster and caster split. Apparently, after some time in the field, Ford decided that it was unnecessary. The extra PS adjustment was been eliminated in middle of the 2003 model year. Now the upper contol arms are mirror images of each other. The later PS UCA will retrofit to torsion bar Rangers back to 98.
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aight, sweet just wanted to make sure it wasnt some mess up
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