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Complete Front Suspension Rebuild


Blue_Bunny72

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Hey guys, I've got a 98 4x4 with ~160k and it's having some major front-end issues. Over every bump it squeaks like a mofo, the front wheels are considerably cambered, and when braking there is a knocking noise and it feels like the wheels are wobbling. I'm gonna blame it on the 32x11.50r15s and tightened keys I've been running lol. Anyways, I was wondering if I could get a parts list of everything I'll need to make the front suspension basically brand new again (If not better). Thanks!
 


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It might be best to get under there and inspect it and make a list. I'm not an expert on the torsion bar SLA suspension. But a basic list would probably be;

Upper control arms with new ball joints and bushings, new shock, new anti-sway bar bushings. And check your steering, too. Might be wise to do tie rod ends.
 

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Thanks man. I plan on replacing everything I can get my hands on, including steering components. As for inspecting, I’m not always 100% on what I’m looking at, which is why I’m trying to put together an overhaul list.
 

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Thanks man. I plan on replacing everything I can get my hands on, including steering components. As for inspecting, I’m not always 100% on what I’m looking at, which is why I’m trying to put together an overhaul list.
An alignment shop will tell you what's worn out if you're not comfortable evaluating it.Then you could replace everything and take it back to them for the alignment.
 


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