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UCA's with Serviceable Ball joints

I called advance auto yesterday looking for ball joints. They told me they have brand new upper control arms with serviceable ball joints already installed. I think they were Moog brand for about $120.00. anybody know anything about these, like if theyre any good or not? Thanks guys
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If they're Moog's, they exceed factory quality. BTW.....go to Rockauto.com for your Moog stuff. I priced out Moog uppers and lowers locally and w as getting prices in the 450range. Shipped from RockAuto ended up being $300.
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MOOG FTMFW!! cant go wrong with them.
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alright. I knew they were a good brand, just didnt know if anybody runs them or not
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I'm not sure what aftermarket brand got installed in my truck. I went in to get new tires and they told me they didn't recommend getting an alignment until I had new ball joints. I was told that the factory ones were not serviceable, but the new ones could be serviced. I'm assuming that most aftermarket ball joints can be. Could be wrong, but either way, they seem to be working great, and they weren't real expensive to buy or have installed by the shop.
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I think thats the way Im gonna go. just buy the whole new setup and install them myself
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Not all after market joints are serviceable. Mooge and one or two other brands sell one type that are and one that aren't, so be careful when ordering. The serviceable ones cost a little more at first, but next time the joint its self is only like $39, only have to by the arm once.
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Not all after market joints are serviceable. Mooge and one or two other brands sell one type that are and one that aren't, so be careful when ordering. The serviceable ones cost a little more at first, but next time the joint its self is only like $39, only have to by the arm once.
yup, I made sure I asked the kid three times if they were serviceable ball joints and they come installed in the uca
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make sure they are the moog "problem solver" UCA's
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make sure they are the moog "problem solver" UCA's
yup will do.

Do you guys have any ideas on what to do about the lower ball joints? are they a pain in the **** as well?
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yup will do.

Do you guys have any ideas on what to do about the lower ball joints? are they a pain in the **** as well?
they are not as easy as the uppers but they are pretty simple. getting the knuckle and stuff out of the way is the hardest part. i just beat my lowers out with a hammer and use a balljoint press to put the new one back in. you can rent a press from autozone or other parts stores usually. if you cant track down a press, a floor jack, a 2X4 and a BFH will work too, just not really the "right" way to do it. lol
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On getting the knuckle off......if all else fails, take a sawzall to the old lower BJ. I did that last time because *someone* decided to beat the sh!z out of the LBJ with the nut still on it. Rendering the nut useless and jammed. lol.
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On getting the knuckle off......if all else fails, take a sawzall to the old lower BJ. I did that last time because *someone* decided to beat the sh!z out of the LBJ with the nut still on it. Rendering the nut useless and jammed. lol.
or use a pickle fork. that works too
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Never found a pickle fork big enough...

lol.

But I know they're out there...just don't wanna spend that money when I can get it done in other ways.
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