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took my 88 Trooper to a local garage due to noise in the front end.

They quoted $800.00 for upper and lower ball joints and left side cv axle shaft.

My question, is this a job that I can do myself for a lot less money?

If so, where's the best place to get parts?

Any special tools required?

Any step by step instructions and photos I can reference?

Thanks, Chris in Missouri.
 

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Depending on your mechanical ability, and tools at hand, yes this can totally be done at home. Then take it to an alignment shop (not an all-in-wonder shop that does alignments, a specialist that just does suspension/alignments).

There have been many write-ups on doing CV swaps (which includes popping one or both of the Ball Joints) & BJ write-ups specifically. If you have a basic wrench/socket set, a jack & stands, & a BFH you're good to go lol.

Ebay is a good place for BJs, look for grease-able ones. Cheap brands redeem themselves by adding Zirk fittings for you to grease-gun them later. Just hit all the zirks every oil change.

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Price is about right....when I was quoted for 4 new balljoints a few years back, I was quoted around $950 or so.

Said forget that....did it myself for only the cost of new ball joints and a few days on jackstands....cause we did wheelbearings, shocks, etc at the same time.
 

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Don't know about the cv's but the ball joints are easy. The hardest part of the job is getting the old ones off of the spindles without damaging the spindles.
 

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$800 is not a bad price for a proffesional shop but you can do it yourself for $200-$225. I didn't bother with a write up on either of mine but it's not hard to do at all. Here's a very good write-up from 4x4 wire. Use what you need out of it. If you do your own, BE SURE to leave the castle nut on the upper BJ when you pry it loose or you could get hurt. When that thing seperates, it has a lot of energy that is going somewhere.

http://www.4x4wire.com/isuzu/tech/CVboots/

You can get decent ball joints from either Ebay or Rock-auto. Ebay is cheaper but the fit was a little better with the ones from RockAuto.com I've installed bj's from both places in the past year and have had no issues with them. Both sets have survived some wheelin and mudding. I bought half shafts from amazon.com but i've heard rockauto and a couple other places have good prices. the ones from amazon.com were new EMPI halfshafts and were like $58 when I bought mine. I bought 4 for Blackie and Red
 

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Here is another thread on replacing Ball Joints.
http://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?t=7681

If you're willing to take a gamble, the ones on eBay have pretty good reviews from members here and elsewhere on the web.
The set will run you about the same price as one premium/brand named ball joint.
I get mine from Rockauto. No complaints with the MOOG stuff.
 

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I bought a set of BJ's from worldsuspension on ebay for Blackie and they work fine. I also bought a set of mevotechs from rockauto for Red and they were just a little bit more and was much happier with the fit. they are all greaseable so that's a plus to me. You never go wrong with MOOG but why pay the extra when you don't have to.
 

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I also got BJ from worldsuspension, they seem fine. If you have the time, and want to do it yourself then I think you can look forward to saving $600!
 

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bossman44 said:
OK. Thanks for the input from everyone. I have decided to do the ball joints myself. This is what I found on ebay from world suspension:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...0468984918&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWAX:IT
Take a look at Rockauto too. I just learned my lesson about buying crap balljoints. My Mevotech's lasted about 20,000 miles. That's it. I failed inspection and thought the inspector was on drugs. Nope, that sucker waggled around like a childs top. Trying out a Beck/Arnley now.
 

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Bought complete steering parts kit from World Suspension on Ebay. Have had them on for about 10k so far with no problems. CV axles from Rock Auto done at the same time, again no problems. I did all for about $225 shipping included. 8)
 

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I think the $800 includes parts and labor. In that case, its sound about right.
 

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Yea but soooo much $ for a day of wrenching... If you have tools & confidence in your ability to follow one of the writeups here, save $500+ & do the parts replacement @ home. Then drop $100+/- on a quality alignment.

I guess in the end it's a matter of worth, is $400-$500 worth you not having to get greasy?

Or if you are unsure you would be able to properly install the parts, then yes $800 is fair, my friend just got quoted about same for all four ball joints, & tie rod ends & alignment on his 98 durango.

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Lol. I got quoted $400 to replace both inner tie rods. I did both in like an hour and $70. :lol: :shock:
Thats a straight rip off. When I did my ball joints last it took me about 4 hours for everything.
Shops around here charge about $90+ for labor, then there are the parts mark ups.
OEM's cost about $100 list price for one, and Napa is around $50-60's each. Shop mark up will drive it higher.

But I agree, this is a DIY job, if you have basic hand tools.
 

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bossman44 said:
took my 88 Trooper to a local garage due to noise in the front end.

They quoted $800.00 for upper and lower ball joints and left side cv axle shaft.

My question, is this a job that I can do myself for a lot less money?

If so, where's the best place to get parts?

Any special tools required?

Any step by step instructions and photos I can reference?

Thanks, Chris in Missouri.
I replace the boot from my trooper 100 dollars lucky that i have neighbor who is a mechanic.
 
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