Does this occur more with lifted than stock JK' or is the ball joint monster indifferent?
09 X 23S Flame Red 2door, tinted, Black Rock 997's, BFG 32" MT's, grab handles, RR XHD front bumper,BW trail armor,4door springs up front, KC's
Originally Posted by MattJK09 View Post
2003 Patriot Blue Wrangler SE - RCX 2.5" Kit on 31x10.5 Firestone M/Ts and stock the rest of the way.
2007 Flame Red Wrangler Unlimited X - Skyjacker 4" Kit on 35x12.5 Cooper Discovery STT(My Build Details)
39,000 miles and mine are in great shape. But I have been greasing them regularly with one of those needle adapters on the grease gun.
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Originally Posted by harald-hans View Post
Seems like you would have some sort of clue driving the ball joint was going?
07' 2dr X model. Auto with 4:10's on 35" goodyear kevlar's
Blue jeep club member #305
I've go 47,000 miles, including 5,000 with a lift and 35s with no issues on the ball joints. Every complex mechanical system can be characterized by a bell curve of experience with failures. Don't paint the whole population of vehicles as flawed becuase yours is the one that failed. Sucks for you but doesn't mean the lot of them suck.
2007 JK 2dr Rubicon, 3" Black Diamond Lift, 35" KM2s, M/T Classic IIs, Rancho shocks, Mopar bumpers, 8000 lb winch, Ace rock sliders, Skid Row engine/oil pan skid, evap skid, Tom Woods driveshafts, Riddler diff covers, rear adjustable upper control arms, chromoly rear shafts, Reid knuckles, Synergy chromoly tie rod, track bar, and flipped drag link.
Originally Posted by robsbluerub View Post
Its possible you don't see a lot of salt where you live and it does not eat at the joints.
One member here even had his crumple in his hands when he removed them. The inner part is made of PLASTIC.
You would not see so many posts asking for better ball joints this early in the game if the stock ones were so stout.
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what kind of damage can a bad ball joint cause? In other words, if I plan on upgrading to adjustable control arms, trac bar, and tie rod,...should I replace the ball joints too? I have no symtoms of bad ball joints btw.
Originally Posted by harlequinreef View Post
Radial (side-to-side) movement in the upper ball joint should not exceed 0.060" (1.5mm).
Axial (up and down) movement in the lower ball joint should not exceed 0.050" (1.25mm).
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