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Old 10-30-2017, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Front suspension redo

I though I would do this to share my experience. 3 years ago I replaced the front suspension on my truck. At this time I used advance auto ball joints and tie rod ends. I rebuilt the idler arm and used an autozone center link. I also installed energy suspension bushings.
I did all this to save money, except for the bushings. At install the inner tie rod ends from advance didn't mesh well with the autozone CL. Used autozone inners and all was well. Also used energy suspension tie rod boots all around.
After a while the truck just didn't feel tight. Ball joint boots lasted about six months. Keep everything greased and held it together.
Decided it was time to redo it and do it right. All moog everything. Replaced the idler arm with the updated moog one and did sway a way torsions this time. Didn't skimp this time.
The balljoints and outer tierods were trashed. The inners and CL still seemed ok.
CONCLUSIONS
1. Save the money and buy good parts. The quality difference is worth it.
2. Plan ahead and make sure your ready. Write down all the torques on one sheet of paper so you don't have to search.
3. I regreased all the bushings that I came in contact with. I got 8oz of formula 5 from ES and also used it on faces of all boots. Torsions also and so far no squeaks.
4. I don't recommend using the ES tie rod boots. Spindles cut into the outers and the inners squeaked on the CL. May have been cheap tierods but not taking the chance.
5. If you can do the torsions. Well worth the money. Got mine for 180. Cheapest I could find.
Hope this helps someone.

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Old 10-30-2017, 03:08 AM   #2
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I am doing the same thing right now using all Moog and ES parts. This will be the second truck I have done this to. I agree, spend the money on the better parts.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:49 AM   #3
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Tripe 5 (555) if you can find them is supposed to be very high quality parts and supposedly is an OEM supplier. Some parts on rockauto you can see the 555 logo on the parts.
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Thanks for the heads up. Mine is getting a total suspension overhaul in the spring.
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Forgot to mention that my Monroe gas a matics were still good. These are a little over 3 yrs old. They are for a 4x4, as my truck ride height is set at 3 1/2 inches. Fsm says ride height should be 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 inches. First set I've ever removed off it that were still good. Pinto's and factory replacement only lasted about 6 months. Still gonna replace them with KYB's .
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What brand torsion bars did you end up going with?
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I went with the sway away torsions. Very happy with them.
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I wanna buy MOOG parts, what recommendations for online store that ships to AUSTRALIA?
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Amazon maybe? Or rockauto?
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Everything except the lower arms and torsions came from Amazon. Sure you could try Ebay also.
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