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Old 06-30-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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tie rod ends and ball joints

Any pros or cons on brands for tie rod ends or ball joints? Cheap napa or expensive moog or any other brand?
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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I'd say go cheap or better than Moog. They aren't worth the extra money.

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Old 06-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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I just did mine less than a month ago, used the Moog Problem Solver, at Rockauto.com it was $77 per side and they were very quality parts, even the lower is greasable and comes with a cap if, like I do you have large alloy shafts and dont want the zerk to be damaged. Overall the quality and price was right on.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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How often do ball joints need to be replaced?
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:36 AM   #6
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really it depends on the driver, if you like getting air under your front axle, then fairly often, if you like very fast driving on very rough terrain, also fairly often, street only driving and easy on corners with stock tires, then probably never, but seriously, with an intermediate lift, some varied wheeling, rock crawling and trail rides and the like, the average offroader that is careful about lines and isnt too abusive should see 5 or more years out of ball joints that have been properly greased and maintained. Probably loonger, but I'll say 5 years as the low end of average.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:59 PM   #7
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really it depends on the driver, if you like getting air under your front axle, then fairly often, if you like very fast driving on very rough terrain, also fairly often, street only driving and easy on corners with stock tires, then probably never, but seriously, with an intermediate lift, some varied wheeling, rock crawling and trail rides and the like, the average offroader that is careful about lines and isnt too abusive should see 5 or more years out of ball joints that have been properly greased and maintained. Probably loonger, but I'll say 5 years as the low end of average.
first time replacing on the new rubi.. I have put 8k on an 03 with 6 inch long arm tri link. I don't hot rod it on the trails or in town unless I see a cute chick in a Ferrari. Did find a bolt about to come out of my steering brace bracket though.. Might be a cheap fix. But I got play in both tires and my Pitman arm tie rod has heavy play.. Just don't want to blow a ton on parts that will last the same as cheap ones.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:24 PM   #8
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steering is something you dont want any play in, it'll kill you when you least expect it, imagine your driving down the street and suddenly your Jeep drives you in to oncoming traffic, thats what happens when a tierod or adjusting sleeve breaks, TJs have fine steering, very adequate when on 29" tires, there are a lot of good options, a lot of people swear by Currie Currectlync, and it should be brilliant for $450, I have the Crown steering system, half the price and twice the steering as stock, you can also do the V-8 ZJ upgrade, check out Stu Olsen's site for step by step how to do that. Stu Olsen's site
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:44 PM   #9
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Sweet I'll check it out!
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Alright found out yesterday my steering is a Currie kit that corrects all the angles in the steering so no choice but a aftermarket big tie rod.. death woble was from the other bracket losing a nut.. Waiting on tie rod.. Cheap fix for once.. I like this Jeep over my old one already!

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