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Old 05-16-2018, 08:16 AM
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Default Soooo tired of replacing upper ball joints

Is there more than one option for upper control arms that will correct the geometry?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:25 AM
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I did rough country uppers and have zero complaints
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:25 AM
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stock arms?
I'm trying the cognito's,,hope they hold up,,at least I can change them out quickly.
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I’m curious too, I have a set of cognito arms I still need to stick on that needs ball joints and bushings
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Kibbetech makes a nice set of upper arms for the 2011+ trucks.

https://www.kibbetech.com/collection...r-control-arms
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Cognito on the 04 and Kryptonite on the 05. Cognito’s have held just fine so far 20k miles still tight. Not sure on the Kryptonites? Haven’t had the truck that long but they are tight as of now.
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Is there more than one option for upper control arms that will correct the geometry?
Get a better mechanic...

Is your truck Lifted, Leveled, Lowered, Stock?

I have only heard good things about Kryptonite Suspension parts.

All Kryptonite suspension components carry a Lifetime Warranty.

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(Kryptonite No Fine Print Lifetime warranty)-Kryptonite steering and suspension components are warrantied for life to their original purchaser. This warranty is against any manufacturer defects, premature wear or breakage. Race it, jump it, off road it, sled pull it, wreck it, lift it, level it, lower it, I think you get it? We donít care. If you can break it we will replace it. Kryptonite products must be purchased from an authorized dealer.
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Ive had both Cognito and Kryptonite. Between the two Id choose Kryptonite again. Excellent quality. I installed Kryptonite UCAs, Krytponite front wheel bearings, Kryptonite lower ball joints and sway bar end links at the same time. The ride and handling has no comparison to stock its insane how much better it is. Next will be their tie rods as my PPEs are aging.
Id go with Kryptonite .
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Get a better mechanic...

Is your truck Lifted, Leveled, Lowered, Stock?

I have only heard good things about Kryptonite Suspension parts.

All Kryptonite suspension components carry a Lifetime Warranty.
What does being tired of replacing upper ball joints have to do with getting a better mechanic?
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Albert, they've known each other for years. Just good natured ribbing. Think "you and Simon" when you read it. Then it's funny.
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Not sure why some guys have so much trouble with wheel bearings and ball joints.
My LBZ was lifted with 35ís and I only changed one wheel bearing while still under warranty and never did any ball joints in 180 000 miles. This truck wasnít a pavement princess either. It got run hard. It needed them when I traded it in but still got 180 000 miles out of the factory parts.
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I go through a set of wheel bearings every 80-100k on my truck with 35" tires. I think weight and speed do more to wear them out than off-road or track abuse. I'll have the front axle 500+ lbs over gross, then set the cruise control at 80+ for 6 hours.

Wheel offset can play a big part too. I run the H2 rims, which are supposed to be pretty easy on parts compared to most aftermarket stuff.

I went through a couple sets of upper control arms in the last couple years, though. Not sure why the ones I got wouldn't last. Finally switched from the ACDelco to Moog, and they are ok for now. Probably go kryptonite next time, especially if these only last a few years.

As has been mentioned, I've heard good things about the Cognito and Kryptonite. I have a few Kryptonite steering parts that are bulletproof, which is why I'd lean that way.

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What does being tired of replacing upper ball joints have to do with getting a better mechanic?
Because, I am sure he is doing it wrong...

Just poking fun at him. We Moderate on another forum together.
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Because, I am sure he is doing it wrong...

Just poking fun at him. We Moderate on another forum together.
Itís true, I have no idea what Iím doing!! 😜

I guess I should check in over on PT, itís been a while.
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For those asking, I tow fairly heavy trailers on & off road, and I run 33x12.50r18’s with no lift. But I did the NorCal fender mod, and turned my torsion bars up one inch. The upper ball joints on these trucks don’t do well to start with, which is why you see different vendors offering their “fixes”. So far I can tell you that the cheapest ball joints last about as long as the high dollar Moog “problem solver” ball joints. About a year and a half. Mostly because the ball joint angles are terrible with the 1” crank up.
I also have to drive 8 miles each way on a horrible road to the plant I work at, dubbed the roller coaster. They take a beating.
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