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Old July 17th, 2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Upgraded Rubber Suspension Components?

Having lifted my truck and working towards finishing the body lift on the truck I've read in my searches through the forums that it's recommended that I change to a 4:10 gear in the truck to run with larger tires.

I've also read that running the larger tires wears considerably more on the softer components of the suspension such as tie rod ends, ball joints, etc.

My question is:

Is there a "performance" upgraded component that can be put in the truck to combat this premature wear on them? I know that you can get Polyurethane bushings for the springs, body and what not, but are there aftermarket ball joints, Tie Rod ends and such that are better than stock replacements?

I'm not having much luck finding any, and considering what I have on the truck is fine for now (one ball joint is bad because it was torched trying to get the steering arm off), but I plan on replacing all the soft components soon after the truck is road worthy again simply because the rest of the suspension has been gone through and it couldn't hurt to put all new parts in it to save failure in the future.

Any ideas, comments or links would be greatly helpful.

Also, I was considering putting dual shocks/stabalizers on it. Would this also help with ride quality of the truck?

Thanks.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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Some more specs would help? Explain what you have and what you have done to it.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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Some more specs would help? Explain what you have and what you have done to it.
OK.

It's a '77 Chevy K10. 1/2 ton 4x4 Stepside

It's got a 4" spring/block lift on it and a 3" body lift (almost done)
New Shocks, Steering arm and Bushings for swaybar.

The rest of the suspension is stock. The rest of the components are stock and have yet to be replaced. Judging on the condition of the suspension when I got the truck (and why I bought the lift in the first place), I am pretty sure they are the original components from '77. They don't seem too bad and are still pretty tight, but they are stock.

I did have the front steering bar replaced because it was all over the road trying to drive it home, so that is new as well.

I guess my question was more directed to ball joints and tie rod ends that would be less susceptible to wear by larger tires and rims on a half ton axle.

I would ideally like to convert it to 3/4 ton axles, but I just don't have the $$ to do a conversion on it AND buy the axles. So I have to stick with what I have and be gentle on it. Trail driving and maybe some light mud.

Does this help?
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Old July 28th, 2013, 10:15 AM   #4
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if your going with 35s or such then yes a regear in both the front and rear would help a ton, also if anything is worn out now bigger tires will just help wear them out quicker, so replace what needs to be. if your truck is properly maintained and kept up to par youll have no problem, now if your running 40s on a d44 and 10 bolt and beat on the truck then yes youll have large problems.
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