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Unread 05-24-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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Problem solver balljoints??

Well looks like I may be due for new balljoints. I noticed they make a problem solver balljoint, what problem do they solve? If they are for lack of caster adjustment I just installed all new adjustable ca's to solve that issue. Any words of wisdom out there?

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Unread 05-24-2011, 08:13 AM   #2
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That's just a Moog brand. I have heard that Moog has become hit and miss on quality. I put in Spicer upper and lowers and they have performed well for over two years and have put up with quite a beating.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 08:17 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure the problem solver are the ones that will allow for adjustable caster or camber (depending on how you install them). Adjustable CA's will let you dial in caster but on a lifted vehicle caster and pinion angle are not mutually exclusive. Having adjustable BJ's will allow you to get some caster back (a couple degrees max) and still have a decent pinion angle.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 09:32 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure the problem solver are the ones that will allow for adjustable caster or camber (depending on how you install them). Adjustable CA's will let you dial in caster but on a lifted vehicle caster and pinion angle are not mutually exclusive. Having adjustable BJ's will allow you to get some caster back (a couple degrees max) and still have a decent pinion angle.


I do have a 3.5" lift and was wondering about pinion angle and caster. I don't know how much of an issue it is with only 3.5" of lift though.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 09:43 AM   #5
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Shouldn't be, at 4.5" of lift I was able to get the pinion angle dialed in and still maintain 4* of caster
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Unread 05-24-2011, 09:45 AM   #6
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they are just offset, which is considered "weaker" by most
it is something i would consider at 5" or more of lift to have the caster slightly better with the correct pinion angles. (help with a "dead" spot in the center of steering)
they are "problem solvers" bc it gives you the ability chang your camber and caster angles a little depending on the orientation they are installed.
ouple on the torsion bars to level it out. they helped me get my camber under control.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 10:18 AM   #7
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Moog or spicer is what I use on all the jeeps I wrench on. Don't go with a cheap no name brand or expect to replace them every year or so. The better name brands usually get installed and I never have to touch them again.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 11:01 AM   #8
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ouple on the torsion bars to level it out. they helped me get my camber under control.
Torsion bars? Not on a ZJ....
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Unread 05-24-2011, 11:04 AM   #9
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XRF for ball joints...
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Moog or spicer is what I use on all the jeeps I wrench on. Don't go with a cheap no name brand or expect to replace them every year or so. The better name brands usually get installed and I never have to touch them again.

I use ONLY Moog on everything I drive.
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Torsion bars? Not on a ZJ....
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I use ONLY Moog on everything I drive.
then you should consider and upgrade to spicer or xrf.

moog has been re-boxed chinese crap for about the last 8-10 years now. most jeep owners are reporting less than 12k on a set these days.
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XRF will be my next set as well. Spicers are getting harder and harder to find.
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then you should consider and upgrade to spicer or xrf.

moog has been re-boxed chinese crap for about the last 8-10 years now. most jeep owners are reporting less than 12k on a set these days.
I've heard of Spicer but not XRF, who sells them?
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I have ~25k on my XRF's after installing them last year. they are doing great with no play whatsoever. And that includes a years worth of wheeling trips.

And i got all 4 for about $110 shipped.

You have to cal them directly.
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