I just replaced my struts with Bilsteins and noticed it felt a little loose after a few hundred miles. Is there a torque spec or even a 'minimum number of exposed threads on the rod' as a guide for installation?
There is a torque spec. Best thing to do is purchase a factory service manual online for $12.
Guys used to replace them all the time before any aftermarket UCAs came out. Since the JBA and RRO arms came out it seems most guys just use that as a reason to upgrade instead of replace the joint. I haven't seen anyone post about replacing their upper ball joint for some time now. The even make adjustable ball joints.
Here's a pic i have saved of an aftermarket adjustable joint that Funkydude snapped years back:
Also, a helpful hint with the upper strut bolt. I like to torque mine down by hand and then double nut it so I know it won't loosen up on me.
That's awesome, and a great price too. As someone else mentioned, pretty sure the FSM states that they are not replaceable. My stock BJs lasted almost 100,000 miles and 30,000 were with the lift. For $40 I probably would have thrown those in and saved myself a ton of time and effort.
Just as a follow up, I can say that the part number on the link matches what ExpertTire lists on their replacement quote(Upper: K80604 Lower:K80629). I'm going to try replacing these on my own pretty soon...
Just to chim in, make sure everything is tight in general.
When I got my Superlift installed I had a clunk and immediately went to the top strut nut. It was tight and had a hard time chasing the rattle. Once I got it on stands, found the upper control arm bolts were loose where it mounts to the chassis.
Been looking into replacing the upper and lower ball joints on my 05 WK for about 4 months now. Was debating on just replacing the UCA and LCA altogther, but would rather spend the money elsewhere. CAN the upper factory be replaced or not? Lots of discussion in here about yes or no; if you did/can, how? If I'm planning on going to an OME HD 2.5, is it worth it to add the after market UCAs now? Alerady have a 2" lift as well, but the shocks/struts need replacing all around (hence the OME upgrade).
Are there any significant differences that the forum knows of between the JBA's and RRO's after market UCA's? (besides the red and the $100+ difference)