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Old 09-11-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Adjustable Ball Joints?

I just had four new 31" MT MTZ tires installed and the alignment done. The mechanic said that I should have adjustable ball joints installed the next time I have the alignment done. Any opinions on the adjustable ball joints?

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Adjustable ball joints are only needed if your camber angle goes out of spec and you need to adjust the camber angle to bring it back into spec.

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Maybe my camber is out of spec. I'll have to ask next time I go to the shop. Another mechanic at the same shop told me that I needed cam bolts, but I read that they strip easily and don't stay put. I'll have to price the adjustable ball joints. Thanks for the help. Have a good day!


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Cam bolts are useful for adjusting the caster angle but have no effect on the camber angle. Adjustable ball joints, or ball joints with preset offset angles, are the only way to adjust the camber angle.
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Thanks for the clarification. Could you recommend any adjustable ball joints?

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Cam bolts are useful for adjusting the caster angle but have no effect on the camber angle. Adjustable ball joints, or ball joints with preset offset angles, are the only way to adjust the camber angle.
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Moog is one good brand, one more is supposed to be even better but their name escapes me. If I can remember it or dig it up, I'll post it.
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Thank you!

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Moog has gone to crap lately apparently...people are only getting 10k out of them or so.

I went with Dana/Spicer ball joints - they're available as NAPA Lifetime brand. Lifetime warranty.

XRF is another brand that is often recommended - they're about half the price of the NAPA Lifetime.
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Thank you for the recommendations. I'll check out the brands that you recommended. Have a good one!

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Moog has gone to crap lately apparently...people are only getting 10k out of them or so.

I went with Dana/Spicer ball joints - they're available as NAPA Lifetime brand. Lifetime warranty.

XRF is another brand that is often recommended - they're about half the price of the NAPA Lifetime.

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