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Old 06-23-2012, 03:02 PM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Idler and Pitman arm replacement

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I just took my truck to the Tire Kingdom to get a new set of Nitto Terra Grapplers installed. While they were setting up to do the alignment, the guy finds that my idler and pitman arms are worn out. I'm kinda in a panic right now because he said its gonna be an additional $720.00 to replace all of it including labor. He is replacing it with NAPA parts which he said are basically like OEM.

I tried to do a quick search on here to find out if there is a better replacement for these parts but was unable to find anything in such a rush. I had to call the guy back to tell him to go ahead and do it because he wouldn't complete the alignment with the worn parts and said he couldn't warranty the tires if I left the parts worn out like that.

Can anyone point me in the right direction here? I know the Cognito UCA is a good thing to have and the support kits for these parts. What I need to know is there any "better" parts out there besides stock?
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:12 PM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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i would check out dmaxstore.com. and other dealers on here sell the parts you are looking for. I would have the braces put on to help save the pitman and idler arms
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:14 PM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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Moog idler & pitman are about $150.00 for both parts

There's several threads on doing it yourself. Two or three hours of labor, for a novice.

That is at least double what I've been quoted . . . by three shops in Phoenix!

Have them bolt it up & drive it home! They're holding you hostage - shameful!
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:21 PM   eBay Motors  #4 (permalink)
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That is a stupid amount of money to install them. Id say f the warranty as $720 is almost a new set of tires anyways..


Tell the guy forget it or tell him your not stupid and you know the parts only run about 60-80 each. I know many mechanics and they often charge based on the customers knowledge...i know its a jerk move but it is what it is.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:39 PM   eBay Motors  #5 (permalink)
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He said the Idler arm, Pitman arm, and Idler arm support from napa are $374.00. I looked up Moog on DMAX store and I can get same thing for $283.00 shipped.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:56 PM   eBay Motors  #6 (permalink)
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That is crazy expensive. I can help you with Moog if you are still in the market. Just let me know.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:03 PM   eBay Motors  #7 (permalink)
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I'd tack up "Tire Kingdom" as a place to never go to again.

Napa replacements are like $30 each for the cheap, made in china, guaranteed not to last longer than how long it takes you to drive it out of the parking lot.

You can get the MOOG (what you want) pitman and idler arm for ~$200 from numerous vendors. I searched around the internet and snatched up a set for $140. Or your local parts store should have it for around $280

Replacing the idler arm support is highly recommended (one of those "while I'm in there" things). A MOOG iddler support is ~$70 from vendors, ~$50 if you search around. Or you can get a beefy aftermarket one for $200.

Labor should be 2 hours. It honestly is not very hard to do for a DIY.
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tell him you will return everything and get tires from somewhere else. Get the truck back and do the arms yourself.
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I agree

When was putting my braces on I noticed that it couldn't be too hard to change those pieces and if your steering is the same as mine make sure you have a big crescent wrench to pull the pitman nut off. That's a big mofo

Save your money and do it yourself
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:08 PM   eBay Motors  #10 (permalink)
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I agree

When was putting my braces on I noticed that it could be too hard to change those pieces and if your steering is the same as mine make sure you have a big crescent wrench to pull the oitman nut off. That's a big mofo

Save your money and do it yourself
1 5/16" impact socket and an impact!

got mine off in a matter of seconds!






and I also got that pitman arm nut off.....
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