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Old 11-09-2012, 04:49 PM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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Replace Balljoints, OR replace entire control arms??

I've got a 2004 3500 with the 8.1 in it. The front tires have been wearing very strange, so I took it to have the tires rotated & to check the suspension. Turns out that both outter tie rod ends and all 4 balljoints (press in) are bad. The shop quoted me $500.00 labor with me providing the parts. But it seems to me that I can get upper replacement control arms with new MOOG balljoints (and new bushings) for around $80.00 (each) shipped. I can't seem to be able to find the replacement lowers, only uppers. Can somebody point me in the right direction, as this seems to be a much better, cost effective way to go. (and replacing the tie rod ends is not too difficult). It appears that this would be the cheapest way to go, but is this the BEST way?? $500.00 labor to do this seems a bit steep.......(and he originally quoted me $650.00 and then 'knocked it down' to $500.00)

Anybody care to give an opinion as to which way to go?? Thanks!!
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:13 PM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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I got all my front end redone with moog parts from my local auto parts store (oreilly's). Made it much easier for warranty
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:17 PM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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Getting the Moog replacement parts isn't the problem. The problem is that my truck has 'press in' balljoints; not something that you're going to do at home unless you have the proper tool to do this and I don't. If these aren't pressed in correctly, you're just asking for trouble.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:49 PM   eBay Motors  #5 (permalink)
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I'm also looking into getting a balljoint press and doing this myself. $500.00 + parts just seems super high.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:59 PM   eBay Motors  #6 (permalink)
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After researching all the threads on this topic, I think that I'm going to replace the upper control arms, buy or rent a press tool, replace the lower balljoints and replace the tie rod ends. Should be able to do this myself. It'll take some time, but I'll be able to save some money. After reading about how the uppers should probably be tack welded if replaced using the factory control arm, I think the way to go on the uppers is to just replace the arm on both sides.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:46 PM   eBay Motors  #7 (permalink)
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Definitely get an alignment after you are done.

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:50 PM   eBay Motors  #8 (permalink)
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Yes, absolutely. It's already pulling slightly to the right and from what the alignment shop tells me, it's never been done since new, so after the parts have been replaced, it'll be on to the alignment shop. Thanks!!
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Not sure about the 8.1 models, but my DMAX has all press in balljoints. Soak em with some penetrating lube a week before, and rent a balljoint press from your local auto parts store, and decent size hammer and your set
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:56 PM   eBay Motors  #10 (permalink)
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Yes, press in units on the 8.1's as well. Excellent suggestion about the penetrating lube. Appreciate that! And I guess I should freeze the ball joints overnight before installing??
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