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Old 11-06-2012, 10:32 AM
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Question 03 Ranger Edge ball joints

need to replace my LF ball join on my 03 ranger edge. do i need to replace the entire control arm? or can i just replace the ball joint? feel like the mechanics at the shop are trying to bone me on labor costs. truck is lifted 4X4 with 131,000 miles.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:35 AM
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i believe you have to replace the upper control arm, not just the upper bj. you are talking about upper bjs right?
the lowers, you can press out & press in.

my truck model requires the whole new upper control arm.

it's really easy to do. upper & lowers...
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:36 AM
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The upper or lower balljoint?

The upper I belive you have to replace the control arm because its not removable. Not 100% sure.

If so, go with moog.

www.summitracing.com

www.1aauto.com

Those links should get you started.

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:40 AM
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Default Re: 03 Ranger Edge ball joints

ok thanks guys. its the upper, i just wanted to make sure. dont have the tools to do it myself and i know too much about cars NOT to question a mechanic haha
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:48 AM
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all you need for the upper control arms are sockets ratches hammers and maybe screwdrivers

and then an alignment after...
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:06 AM
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Default Re: 03 Ranger Edge ball joints

You need to change out the entire upper control arm, it is very simple; make sure you have a cam bolt alignment kit so you can go ahead and get a true alignment. I would recommend you replacing your lower ball joints while you have everything off
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:08 AM
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yeah, actually the only other tools you need for the lower bjs are a press & pickle fork, both of which you can borrow from a parts store. still need a big hammer, and maybe a breaker bar for the castle nut under there...

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and it'll save you the money of getting two alignments...
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:18 AM
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Default Re: 03 Ranger Edge ball joints

I would make sure they don't charge you anymore than a hour to replace that upper balljoint. I can do one in 30 min with a shitty old jack and some hand tools, but I have done them before.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:19 AM
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I would make sure they don't charge you anymore than a hour to replace that upper balljoint. I can do one in 30 min with a shitty old jack and some hand tools, but I have done them before.
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I would make sure they don't charge you anymore than a hour to replace that upper balljoint. I can do one in 30 min with a shitty old jack and some hand tools, but I have done them before.
X2 ... And don't go to Midas or Olymco!
And the RH passenger side UCA is different from the LH driver's side, but I don't know why.

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Old 11-06-2012, 05:12 PM
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yeah the right n left are just a tiny bit different haha!
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:43 PM
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If I remember right if you get the Moog uppers they come with a replaceable ball joint.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:50 PM
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i think that right too ^^
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