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    95 Dodge Ram 2500 2wd Front end

    Hello guys. . Thank you for this forum. Got my truck in 06 with 50,000 miles . . now have 135,000. Just replaced the steering shaft with a borgeson. Found loose column bushing and within a few minutes I found Rock Solid on here. Great. . just ordered the kit.

    Now my question. Going to rebuild the front end. . upper a ram bushings. . ball joints. . . . idler arm. . pitman arm. . . and what ever else is loose. What kind of front end components do you guys like. . moog. . . etc????

    Thanks Dave Roberson
    Last edited by AzDave; 07-29-2012 at 04:32 PM.

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    Any name brand parts are good. Rock Auto has some good prices and might still be giving TDR discounts. However, I'm confused why you need new componants with only 135k on the clock. My original ball joints were still good at 500k but I replaced them anyway. I had ordered them, bought a press kit and had the front tires off when I discovered that one of the tie rod ends was the source of my problem. I replaced it, and it's opposing one, then went ahead with the ball joints. The replacements and the other two original tie rod ends are currently in the truck.
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    I'm with you Gary. Unless the boots are busted, balls should be fine. As for the A-arm bushings, my totalled '95 had almost 400K and there was nothing wrong with the bushings.



    Do what you'd like, but I'd replace what's worn and leave the rest. I used Moog. Napa Chassis Parts are good, made by Spicer, but more expensive. Stay away from Mevotech and other house brands.
    Scott

    Mid-Tenn TDR
    TOTALLED OUT 1995 2500 2wd
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    Upper a arm bushings are are torn on drivers side. . . . lower ball joints move have 1/8th play. . . idler arm wasted. . . 4 inches up and down movement with pry bar. . . upper ball joints ok but I will change them anyway wile it is apart. . pitman arm slight play not real bad but while I am in there. . why not.

    After just driving 2000 miles in my buddy's 2003 ram I was going to upgrade. . . but when I got home and cranked up the old 12 valve I could not bring myself to sell it so I am going over it front to back. . . this year all mechanical. . next year interior and paint. .

    I own my own shop. . Alternative Auto Care, so I have the rack,press, tools etc. Just wanted opinion on brands of parts preferred. . .

    Thanks. . Dave
    95 Dodge Ram 2500 2wd... owner of Alternative Auto Care and www.veggiegarage.com

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    Dave I used Spicer ball joints when I redid the ones on my '98 2wd at about 180,000 miles, they seemed very good quality. I had one definitely getting worn and did them all at the same time. While working over the front end don't forget about the front wheel bearings since they're the old style clean and repack variety until the 2000 model.
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    I am one of those guys who cleans and repacks wheel bearings every front brake job. . . Just ordered Hawk pads. . bilsteens. . brite box. . . apps noise isolator. . . mud guards. . . cup holder. . and some other stuff from Geno's this morning. Thanks for the input. . . Dave
    95 Dodge Ram 2500 2wd... owner of Alternative Auto Care and www.veggiegarage.com

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    On mine, we did new lower a-arms that came preloaded with balljoints from chrysler, but then for the idler we used moog. I now need to do the steering box and shaft.
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