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as you stated im fully aware I may prematurly wear parts out, and I accept that I will be paying for those parts, hopefully this is a short term fix. I should be getting a body lift real soon here, and im considering a sas, just have to find my donor vehicle.
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i agree with everything but this:
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Well, as you wish -- but your ball joints ARE under more stress no when flexing because they will be hitting their limits more often when you go over bumps.

CVs may wear faster, stacked blocks is bad, etc. but the limiting factor in the stock front setup is the shock, not the BJ. yes, when the bars are cranked you will hit the limit more often, but its still the shock.
the BJs ride in a different range when the bars are cranked, jus like the CVs. that may cause issue if they are already "worn in." but i dont believe they are under more stress with cranked bars and stock offset wheels.
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Could be, "Gumby". The only thing I know for sure is that most of us who have ed them, even with smaller tires, have worn them out pretty quickly.

You DON'T want to extend that front shock though. The upper arm will start slapping the frame (ask me how I know this, lol) -- not a good thing. Also, at that point you ARE putting both the upper and lower ***** at the extreme of their range. Not good either.

With my setup and abusive driving style I go through a set of ball joints a year. I probably could replace them SOONER but generally only do when they become terrible or when inspection is coming up.
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i agree with everything but this:



CVs may wear faster, stacked blocks is bad, etc. but the limiting factor in the stock front setup is the shock, not the BJ. yes, when the bars are cranked you will hit the limit more often, but its still the shock.
the BJs ride in a different range when the bars are cranked, jus like the CVs. that may cause issue if they are already "worn in." but i dont believe they are under more stress with cranked bars and stock offset wheels.
dont know if it changes anything, but Ive got the pro-comp es3000 shocks. they are supposedly supose to handle a 4" lift, but I cant test that right now.
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You DON'T want to extend that front shock though....
....w/o a limit strap


i have been runnin cranked on 33's with stockish offset for 60K+miles. with zero BJ issues. maybe im an exception to the junk BJ rule.....maybe i dont wheel hard enough

id definatley keep an eye on the BJs with those shocks on there, Nate.
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when I wheel , Im goin slow, no matter the terrain, most the time in 4lo going less then 10mph, I like creeping thru and over stuff, not flying and seeing just how high I can get me truck. on the road, no an agressive driver, and avoid all pot holes, and go around as many speed bumps as I can. most guys riding with me say I drive more like a slammed to the ground tuner with 4k wheels, haha.
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Im also looking at it in this view, everytime I would wheel before, especially when I went to uwharrie, I would bottom out on a lot of obstacles. I see it as losing ball joints, or losing a transfer case, driveshaft, transmission, etc. I believe ***** joints are quite a bit cheaper to replace then either one of those things believe me, Ive already replaced a t-case and driveshaft, luckily i have hook ups and only am working the payments off instead of thru cash. with no skidplates on the transmission, Id hate for a high rock to make it under my truck and punch a hole in the side, same with the t-case, my skid plate got bent up, and wouldnt align back up after I swaped t-cases, and I havent had the time to make a new one. Am I wrong on my thinking?
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