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Old 07-02-2015, 01:53 AM
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Advice on front upper ball joints

Me and a buddy of mine put some35 inch Procomp tires and a 2 1/2 inch lift on my JK last weekend. When I went to get it aligned yesterday the shop said that I had serious negative camber and I needed to purchase adjustable front ball joints to correct this. I bought the parts from O'Reilly's and the shop is quoting me $290 to install it. Has anyone else had this issue? If so is this the correct course of action?

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is there play in them? what is the number?
there is a good chance your joints are worn which is showing the negative camber.
adjustable joints would be installed if a c were bent, most likely not the case.

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^^ what he said and if they are bent truss and gusset now before it gets worse or scrap that axle.
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I installed Synergy HD Greasable ball joints, very nice, not sure if they have adjustable ones but you might check
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Thanks for the advice I'm gonna pull the tires off and see if I can try to understand why this is happening it's possible I've been axle but I just don't see that because the negative camber is the same on both sides
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Thanks for the advice I'm gonna pull the tires off and see if I can try to understand why this is happening it's possible I've been axle but I just don't see that because the negative camber is the same on both sides
What are your numbers?
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.08 is just barely over Max. I wouldn't worry about it Unless you're having problems.
it ate up the outsides of my stock 33" mud terrains after about 25,000 miles or so I just didn't wanted to do the same to the more expensive tires
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it ate up the outsides of my stock 33" mud terrains after about 25,000 miles or so I just didn't wanted to do the same to the more expensive tires
Your tires were chewed up because of toe angle not camber. Toe angle was severely out of spec, probably due to a bent tie rod.
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Negative camber would effect tire wear on the insides, not the outsides!!!!
Is sounds like your tires were toed in to much!!
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Ken, we Posted at the same time...Lol.
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I found a set of front lower rough country adjustable control arms do you guys think that would be a better fix?
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I found a set of front lower rough country adjustable control arms do you guys think that would be a better fix?
Those will only help with caster.
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Those will only help with caster.
OK what is the best course of action to take with the awful toe numbers
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OK what is the best course of action to take with the awful toe numbers
Fix whatever is damaged if you have a bent tierod. Adjust toe and recenter steering wheel. A quick search on here will turn up several posts about doing your own alignment. If you aren't comfortable doing it, take it to a different alignment shop.
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OK what is the best course of action to take with the awful toe numbers
It looks like it was fixed alteady. A bent tie rod can be adjusted out.
Yes, The arms you got will help with castor.
Check your ball joints. Jack each tire about 3 inches off the ground. Pry up on each tire with a prybar. Any movement is most likely a bad joint.

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