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Unread 08-29-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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Bad ball Joints with no play?

Anybody have any idea on this? Any help, I'd be much obliged.

Put a 3.5 Rubi lift on about 1.5 years ago. Recently I've been chewing through a pair of BFG's pretty rapidly. The tires are both wearing fairly quickly and evenly on the inside. I tried to get any play (up, down, side, back, forth) in either wheel when they were off the ground and got nothing. It's pretty solid on both sides.

Tie rod is adjustable (lift)
LCA's are fine (lift)
Sway links are newer (lift)
Track bar looks okay
Upper control bushing might need replacing
Drag link bushing on the wheel side might need replacing

1) I suspected bad ball joints but cannot get any play in them with the wheel jacked up and prying it up. I put a fair amount of force into it with not even the slightest play.

2) Checked the toe. Center to center front is right on about an 1/8 inch difference to rear.

3) U-joints look pretty solid. Replaced about 2 years ago.

3) Steering is a little loose. Heard something recently though. When turning left I get a cracking or clunking noise. Hoping just the pitman bushing.

++ Can bad ball joints chew up tires that fast without noticing any play?
++ Could I have not pushed on it hard enough to notice the play?
++ Can bad upper control arms cause tire wear on the inside that fast?


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Unread 08-30-2011, 12:36 AM   #2
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Get an alignment, then double check those axle u-joint for the cracking noise.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #3
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u need an alignment and do what they tell u
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Unread 09-30-2011, 10:59 AM   #4
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bent c's?
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ball joint , BFG , control arm , tire wear , u-joints

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