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Old 03-12-2009, 08:07 AM   #1
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Default Upper Ball Joints on 1998 2wd - must replace control arm??!!

My upper and lower ball joints are just about completely worn out. Most of the boots are missing and they're squeeking - I squirted some chain lube in to get me through until the weekend.

I went to autozone last night and bought the upper and lower ball joints. I'm now reading that on a 98 the upper control arms MUST be replaced with the ball joints

Is that true?? The guy at autozone sold me individual ball joints.. I searched on the forums and most people complaining about it are 4wd, I wasn't able to determine if it applies to us 2wd as well.

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Old 03-12-2009, 08:22 AM   #2
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I found this thread where 4x4rangerguy says that the 98+ 2wd have seperate ball joints!! Good news for me unless someone can tell me otherwise!
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I think the 2wd ranger uppers do come with a control arm. I believe there is an article someplace on someone that replaced the upper without replacing the control arm but it required a hydraulic press with a lot of pressure.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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Found it... man that took some digging

http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/~grant/ra...t/install.html
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If the 2wd has torsion bars, the whole arm gets replaced. With coil springs just the ball joint is replaced.
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This is actually not true. I'm glad you posted this, I read this last night when I had to do my 1998 Ford Ranger 2wd upper ball joint. I bought the upper and lower, I looked at the upper one and it looked impossible to take out. I tried for a bit didn't work so I looked it up. You don't need a hydrolic lift. You don't NEED to buy the control arm that comes with the ball joint, witch by the way costs $114 at Autozone. My ball joint costed me 29 I believe. I used my Ball Joint kit actually. I paid $50 for it awhile ago. It worked out perfectly getting it off and on.
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98-00 u can replace the ball joint without the A arm. 01+ u have to replace the whole thing.
thats for 2wd normal height trucks, with A arm suspension, not the ones with torsion bars.

i think u could swap the 01+ arm with some 98-00 so u can just replace the ball joint, but im not sure if it works.
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