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Unread 01-19-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
Hefe811
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06 WK Alignment Issue

I've got a pair of tires on my WK that have warn significantly over a drive across the country with a bad alignment. I was told they were good to go by a dealer... They look horrible but I've been deployed and the wife just drove it without noticing.

Now I'm stuck with a $470 quote to replace the lower ball joints after they rotated the tires today and did a quick alignment. They said the alignment won't last long with the currently play in the LCA. Is that a lot to pay? Should I consider replacing the LCA assembly instead? I have access to a lift and don't mind doing this myself, but I'm looking to keep this under 5-600. We've contemplated getting rid of it and this seems like more motive for the argument of letting her go. Thoughts?

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Unread 01-19-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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if you're going to keep it consider replacing the LCAs, with all new bushings and ball joint. Check out Rockauto.com, who probably have the best prices on them. you will need an alignment when done
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Unread 01-19-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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Just make sure that the tierod ends aren't playing some roll in the camber wear problem. Are both fronts showing inner camber wear..? My experience has been that worn ball joints produce wear cupping on edges more than an even wear down area. If you have the time, undo the LCA ball joint nut, drop spindle, and see how sloppy it is. Did the alignment shop give you a printout showing the spec's they obtained ?
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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #4
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I wasn't given any specs, just a final bill that what was done. This town is small in Oklahoma and I was surprised I got what I got. They did say the factory limitation on the ball joints are .5mm and its way beyond that.

As for the wear, both front tires were wearing the same. I ordered the LCA's off of rockAuto and it came in below 400. The way I look at is if I can get brand new parts and do it myself I may be better off than just replacing the ball joints on an assembly that could need replacement down the road. I don't want to have to replace the bushings in a year or so. My next question is... if I lift this thing will I have to get a new LCA? I know usually you swap out the UCA's, right? I'm new to this so feel free to educate me if you have the time.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Hefe811
I wasn't given any specs, just a final bill that what was done. This town is small in Oklahoma and I was surprised I got what I got. They did say the factory limitation on the ball joints are .5mm and its way beyond that.

As for the wear, both front tires were wearing the same. I ordered the LCA's off of rockAuto and it came in below 400. The way I look at is if I can get brand new parts and do it myself I may be better off than just replacing the ball joints on an assembly that could need replacement down the road. I don't want to have to replace the bushings in a year or so. My next question is... if I lift this thing will I have to get a new LCA? I know usually you swap out the UCA's, right? I'm new to this so feel free to educate me if you have the time.
You don't need either. People end up replacing the UCAs with an improved offroad cersion bc they were out faster when lifted. The most popular is made by JBA, jeepinbyal.
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