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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-11-2002, 12:12 PM
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Fabtech and ball joints

I was wondering if any of you guys know of or experienced problems with Fabtech lifts eating up ball joints prematurely. My truck is barely 1 1/2 years old and just went through a pair of ball joints. While I was at Fabtech getting it fixed two other vehicles came in for the same problem (suburban and a dodge). Do any of you guys know a fix for this problem or do I have to add $300 to my annual truck budget?

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Re: Fabtech and ball joints

if you have torsion bars, then they are probably cranked too far. That will definately wear them out pre-maturely. But fabtech isnt known for it's off-road abilities. Just lookin "cool" and lifting trucks. If you off-road it, then that could be another factor. Also, how old is the truck? maybe it was time for them to go?
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Re: Fabtech and ball joints

Maybe I forgot to mention it is a 2wd, so I believe there is no torsion bars? The truck is a 2000 F-150. The lift was put on at 700 miles on the truck, now there's 20k. I can't say I always take it off-road but when I get the chance I don't hold back. I remember when the lift was first put on the chamber was REALLY positive. They told me to "break" in the springs and shocks then they would re-align it (about 500 miles). So maybe they are at a bad angle now? On the Ford board they mentioned rim offset, I need to check that also. Thanks for the reply.

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Oh, it's a ford, that's probably why...Just kidding. You're right, the 98+ f-150's have coil springs on the 2wd's. The 20k miles and a little off-road w/ bad ball-joint angles can definately cause them to wear out prematurely. I would take it to a different place and see what they say about the alignment. did you happen to go to 4 Wheel parts? or 4 wheel direct? Those guys can't allign a straight piece of wood! I'd get a second opinion. Also, if you read some of fabtech's "fine print" it will most likely have a disclaimer talking about alignment issues. Good luck though.
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Re: Fabtech and ball joints

Well I have 14,000 miles since the last lower ball joint change and its ready for new ones again. The steering is popping when I return the wheel back to the straight position. This was the same symptoms of the last ball joints. Is there a "Good" aftermarket ball joint for the F-150? I've heard Moog(sp?) makes some but not familair with their ball joints.
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Moog makes very good stuff. Not to mention as long as you save the receipts they have a life time warranty.
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Broken many ball joints on an s-10, with fag-tech arms as well as camburg. see wedsite for further details...
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