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Need Help With Balljoints On 2000 4wd

ok, so i gotta get new lower ball joints and im pretty sure now there not cast in (2000 4wd 4.0l), was looking at the uppers and everyone says the tops require the new control arm, so i went looking around jik i decide to do all at once(117000miles), and found that moogs lh and rh hands are completely different (one peice/two peice). is this really how it is? (someone please stop me if they know for sure mine could be pressed out)

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tops cant be pressed out and bottoms can be.. about the two and 1 peice just take off your wheel and take a look...
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k, seems "easy" enough, but still, i think ill get some parental supervision before i start tearing into it.
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remeber you will need a ball joint press and its good to get a ball joint separator. Bob or a few other people can confirm the 1 or 2 peice thing...
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on the 2003 the uppers are one piece on either side but i think the front suspention is different for your year and zach is correct you will need a balljoint press and seperator... these can be rented or loaned from most auto parts stores
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ok, so i gotta get new lower ball joints and im pretty sure now there not cast in (2000 4wd 4.0l), was looking at the uppers and everyone says the tops require the new control arm, so i went looking around jik i decide to do all at once(117000miles), and found that moogs lh and rh hands are completely different (one peice/two peice). is this really how it is? (someone please stop me if they know for sure mine could be pressed out)
Ford had an extra independent adjustment for "caster split" built into the PS upper contol arm from 98 through 2002 IIRC. So that would be the 2 piece style. The DS UCA was one piece for those years.

My truck is a 2003 4x4 and it has one piece UCAs on both sides. Apparently Ford decided that the caster split adjustment was not necessary and it saved them some money because the simpler one piece part is cheaper to make.

I believe that the above applies only to torsion bar IFS as used on 4x4, Trailhead and Edge. AFAIK, 4x2 XL and XLT have had one piece UCAs on both sides for all 98+ Rangers (coil spring IFS).
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the upper is all one piece, i just replaced mine with greaseable ones:

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the upper is all one piece, i just replaced mine with greaseable ones:
Your 2004 is one piece on both sides but his 2000 came from the factory with a 2-piece on the passenger side.
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ok i have a 2004, i have some fabtech UCAs that need new ball joints, but no one seems to carry them since all the ball joints come attached to arms, would the only thing to do be to get them online???
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Bob..

I replaced my factory 2 piece with a 1 piece setup. We laid the 2 piece arm ontop of the 1 piece.. it was basically the same in nconformance. It DID require a camber/caster kit ( 55$ ) but this makes alignments more easy/correct anyway.

My truck is an 03 ordered in 02. I also had the timing chain problem as I had the old tensioners.

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I'm not the topic police but since you are new here.
I just wanted to say If you post with a better thread title you are much more likely
to get help. Something like "Need Help with Balljoints on my 2000 Ranger"
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ok i have a 2004, i have some fabtech UCAs that need new ball joints, but no one seems to carry them since all the ball joints come attached to arms, would the only thing to do be to get them online???


order them straight from fabtech
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anyone else try swapping the two-piece factory arm for the one peice? do you order another years arm and it works or what? im not familiar with the camber/caster kit, whats it for?
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is there a "how-to" around for replacing ball joints/uca around that yall think is good?
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