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Old 01-23-2010
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A question for anyone who has done Moog Lower Ball Joints..

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I did my lower ball joints this afternoon. I went with the Moog ones if that matters, well. I got them all pressed in and installed. THEN i noticed where it says "Mount Inboard" on the rubber boot of the joint. It was my mistake for getting too ahead of myself, and I didn't exactly mount that part inboard. My question is, does this really matter? The joint seems to be a free moving all direction joint, the only thing I can think of is mounted that lettering inboard will put the hole for your cotter pin direction from front to back. I'm just curious if this REALLY matters, I wouldn't think so, but unless there is something I am missing..

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You're fine.Don't worry about it.
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it REALLY does matter on those. it is for the arc of suspension travel because on some of their ball joints the hole where the ball joint shaft comes out is oval. it is also where the grease will come out of the boot if it has to and they want it pointing away from the brakes. if they are the oval joints, the ball joint can separate under suspension travel
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I see what you're saying Justin, I don't think they are the ones with the oval holes, they seem to move evenly in all direction. And about the greese going away from the brakes, that makes sense. Typically, the only time greese should flow out of there is when I am pumping greese into them isn't that right?
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well yes and no, you shouldnt fill them until it is that full, but if you do thats where itll come out. i cant remember if rangers use the oval moog joints...a ton of gm's do
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the mount inboard is for the rubber boot only, , it lets the grease out there, so that it doesn't slide down onto the brake rotor, no other reason,
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