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Old December 30th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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Adjustable ball joint

I ordered my upper ball joints through Summit racing they sent me adjustables, when I ordered them it did not specify that they were adj. I could just send them back but from what I have been reading on these is they are adjustable from 0 to +/- 1. I do not see how this could be possible.

Yesterday I went ahead and tore down the drivers side to see if maybe that is what was on the truck from the factory, and of course they are not adjustable.

Does anyone know anything about these adjustable ball joints?

For a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4
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Old December 30th, 2007, 08:42 AM   #2
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if I am getting the picture some have a tapper that has an ecentric sleeve. I have seen other kinds simular. others have the joint mounted in the housing offset and the housing is clocked into position as you see fit. just use a marker to draw a line down the center if its not already marked. then you will know where your starting point is. if you need to adjust then you have the ability.
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Old December 30th, 2007, 01:15 PM   #3
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Old December 31st, 2007, 09:34 AM   #4
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Here is a picture of the ball joint


Anyone familiar with these???????????????
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Old December 31st, 2007, 10:50 AM   #5
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Well, just got off the phone with the dealership and they say do not use these so I guess I will send them back and get the other ones.

Whatever happened to the 20$ ball joints???? These things are 100$ a pc. WHINE WHINE WHINE owell
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Old December 31st, 2007, 11:12 AM   #6
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They are defiantly not as strong as the non-adjustable type.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 12:03 PM   #7
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Yeah, they do not look as beefy as the non-adj. For sure. Sent them back to Summit, Wednesday I will head up to Murrays and get the non-adjustable bj's.
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mopars adjustable ball joint's are the whip of the adjustable BJ's and $100. They use the body of the ball joint as the ecentric. The body is moved in 1/4 turns to get your +/- offset.

The ball joint's for your truck, non adjustable will be around $49 for the uppers and $39 for the lowers.
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Old January 1st, 2008, 12:52 PM   #9
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Those adjustable things look freaky
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Old January 1st, 2008, 01:38 PM   #10
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mopars adjustable ball joint's are the whip of the adjustable BJ's and $100. They use the body of the ball joint as the ecentric. The body is moved in 1/4 turns to get your +/- offset.

The ball joint's for your truck, non adjustable will be around $49 for the uppers and $39 for the lowers.
around 400 for all four ball joints for my truck. I already have the lowers, they were 95 a pc. And the uppers are around the same price.
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Old January 1st, 2008, 01:53 PM   #11
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adj ball joints are just as strong as non adj.. at my school were running a set of upper adj on our tuff truck and they hardly break
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Old January 1st, 2008, 01:58 PM   #12
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Does the truck have straight axle? Was just wondering maybe they are for the IFS trucks? It just seems you would not be able to get the factory setting with them. I would think if you had something bent or your tires wore funny maybe they would be a good way to cobble it so it would work.
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Does the truck have straight axle? Was just wondering maybe they are for the IFS trucks? It just seems you would not be able to get the factory setting with them. I would think if you had something bent or your tires wore funny maybe they would be a good way to cobble it so it would work.
correct on the bent axle... they used them to compensate for the 30's/44's weak tubes in the wrangler.

And they used them on large offset wheels and big tires that actually tweek the tubes.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:28 PM   #14
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In addition to correcting camber problems, they can also be used to restore some lost caster after a lift (but not a lot).
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I have adjustable sleeves on the scout front end. after the knuckles were rotated for castor, the camber was off. we installed a set of adjustable threaded inserts where the hole is not centered and can be turned to adjust. it works with a normal upper ball joint.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 06:55 AM   #16
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In addition to correcting camber problems, they can also be used to restore some lost caster after a lift (but not a lot).
I did read that somewhere, but I am only lifting the front 2" (leveling kit) and do not see where that will throw it off enough to worry.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 11:09 AM   #17
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Bringing this up from the grave it looks like. Anybody hear about these, know anything about them?
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