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    Ball Joints/Steering linkage

    I'm looking to rebuild the front end of my 2002 4wd F350 and was wondering who makes good strong ball joints. I see Dyantrac looks to be the best but they aren't cheap. Also to I'll be replacing the steering linkages but should I go with OEM parts or the XRF steering parts?
    Adam

    02 F250 cc/sb 7.3L 2wd

    02 F350 sc/lb 7.3L 4wd

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    I only use the dynatrac there pretty much life time and for the steering use the moog problem solvers!!!

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    2nd on the moog parts. If your rebuilding front end on a budget Ford OE seals with moog or OE ball joints tie rod end drag links is good value with decent service life. If you have a lift kit with after market drop pitman arm make sure the pitman arm nut is tight. I see a lot of loose pitman arms causing loose steering concerns. Dynatrac is a very good product just kinda pricey.

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    No lift kit. I've heard moogs quality in the past years has gone down. Are there any moog parts I should avoid? Have you guys had any experience with XRF parts?
    Adam

    02 F250 cc/sb 7.3L 2wd

    02 F350 sc/lb 7.3L 4wd

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    Moog parts have gone up in recent years there the only ones that use a steel insert in there products every one else uses a nylon insert they don't last on superdutys and all the exstinsive jeep testing we've done moog is the only one that last don't let the other manfactures tell you different and I'm John would agree to the same!

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    I’ve rebuilt a D50 and two D60s. In all instances I used Dana/Spicer stuff OE from Ford. The only exception was Timken unit hubs and from what I read the OEM are Timken. The gears were ok so no reason to change them. Trhfully the reason why

    1. It’s quality brands
    2. Never had one issue getting the parts to fit
    3. Three complete rebuilds and none have issues.
    4. Not really much more than Moog any other base brand.
    5. Nerver had any of the parts not fit together.

    The originals lasted 160/180,000. I don’t see needing to get in there anymore than once a year to pull the hub and grease the spindle bearing and pump a few squirts of grease in the unit hub.
    Last edited by Rob454; 04-02-2019 at 11:11 AM.

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