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post #1 of 22 Old 08-17-2017, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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99 Wrangler Front Suspension Repair

We have a 99 Wrangler Sahara. We had it in getting some work done at a body shop and the guy there said that he noticed a click in the front end and suggested getting a "kit" to replace the various components in the front suspension system (i.e. - ball joints, tie-rod ends, etc.). I am not so familiar with this stuff but he said he's had success with these kits for other folks and suggested I we get one for the Jeep and he and the folks in his shop could put it in. Do any of you have suggestions on a good "kit" to get, where to buy, etc.?

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-17-2017, 06:02 PM
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Really not enough information to answer about a "kit" to remove a click. My LJ has lots of clicks while exercising the range of suspension travel. I'd bring it to a front end shop for inspection if you are concerned.
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If the shop wants to install new parts, let them buy the parts...
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I would only replace the ball joints or tie rod ends of they are worn enough to need replacing.
A click could be anything.
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Do a dry steer test to see exactly what is clicking. I'm not a fan of throwing parts at a problem hoping to get lucky with one of them.
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It doesn't sound like the shop actually knows what is bad and wants to just replace everything. That's a good way to throw money at a problem and hope it goes away...


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I would only replace the ball joints or tie rod ends of they are worn enough to need replacing.
A click could be anything.
I have an easy question. We got the Jeep to another shop to check out the front end and they said it needed new ball joints. The want $550 to replace. I really don't know much about suspension stuff, but that seems a lot. What do you think?
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I would only replace the ball joints or tie rod ends of they are worn enough to need replacing.
A click could be anything.
Do you think these would be good?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-Piece-Kit-...xZP5V8&vxp=mtr
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I would personally stick with Spicer ball joints.
You can rent a ball joint press tool for free from autozone and a few hours per side you are good to go for under$150 total.

Tie rod ends Moog, Napa, are generally fine.
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I have an easy question. We got the Jeep to another shop to check out the front end and they said it needed new ball joints. The want $550 to replace. I really don't know much about suspension stuff, but that seems a lot. What do you think?
Spicer parts are 150ish delivered. That leaves 400 for labor. A decent mechanic with the right tools should do one side in an hour. If you have any rust issues that have locked the unit bearing into the knuckle, ruined the unit bearing bolts etc., that time can easily double. I'd quote it as a 2.5 hour job after taking a peek to see how bad the rust is.

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I would personally stick with Spicer ball joints.
You can rent a ball joint press tool for free from autozone and a few hours per side you are good to go for under$150 total.

Tie rod ends Moog, Napa, are generally fine.
Thank you for the suggestion! Would you think these are the parts you are recommending for the Ball Joints?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BALL-JOINT-K...19.m1438.l2649

And, for the Tie Rod Ends does this look right?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Moog-ES3096L...m789WA&vxp=mtr

I was also wondering why there are 3 tie rod ends in the kit I had asked about. Thought I would just need driver & passenger.

Appreciate the help!!!
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Spicer parts are 150ish delivered. That leaves 400 for labor. A decent mechanic with the right tools should do one side in an hour. If you have any rust issues that have locked the unit bearing into the knuckle, ruined the unit bearing bolts etc., that time can easily double. I'd quote it as a 2.5 hour job after taking a peek to see how bad the rust is.
Thank you for the answer!

Do these look like the right Spicer ball joints?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BALL-JOINT-K...19.m1438.l2649

Trying to figure the tie rod ends out now. I got advice to use Moog parts for the those but there seem to be 3 of them other items.
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I would personally stick with Spicer ball joints.
You can rent a ball joint press tool for free from autozone and a few hours per side you are good to go for under$150 total.

Tie rod ends Moog, Napa, are generally fine.

We had the Jeep rechecked at a shop we trust and they said that the click we were hearing was caused but the following (their quote):


"As for the frontend, we found the following wrong, Stabilizer Cylinder, Track Arm and Universal Joint , We only quoted what was needing replacement. I know this vehicle is known for what people call the “Death Wobble” and to repair that it would require major over hauling of the frontend."


Do you have any suggestions for the type of Stabilizer Cylinder, Track are and Universal Joints (the said it needed L & R). And, does it make sense to get at the upper / lower ball joints while trying to get at the Universal Joints?


Parts they recommended were:


Stabilizer Cylinder NSSC2928.
Track Arm NCP2724194
Universal Joint (L & R) UJSUJ377


I do have some Spicer Upper Lower Ball Joints, kit 706944XX for the L & R already.


Anyway, I could use input / thoughts.
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