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Old 05-18-2009, 01:06 PM
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ball joint replacement

I ve been battling the death wobble for months now, and i think ive got it down to ball joints. ive got some play in the front tire when i pull on it while its jacked off the ground. Has anyone done a replacement themselves? or is it a job for a real mechanic? also does any one have ny cheap sights for parts? checked rusty' ans quadratec, just looking for any other info...thanks
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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It takes a pretty good quality ball joint replacment tool set to install and set the new ball joints in place but it's not a job that requires an axle guru to install. You can probably rent one from an auto parts store but it may not have the right adapter for the Wrangler's ball joints so be wary of that. Moog is a very good brand of replacement ball joint.

But I'd have someone with some big guns (arms) push-pull on the wheel assembly from the side while you watch the ball joints for movement. Make sure they're really bad before going to the effort of replacing them. My TJ has 180,000 miles on it and 80K of those are with 35" tires and my ball joints still seem to be in fair shape.

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w/ your 4" suspension lift i'd be looking at my caster, and trac bar for wear first if you haven't already.
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