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Old 08-02-2016, 10:46 PM   #15
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1996 30' Land Yacht
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Parts were relatively cheap $40-$80 per joint per side- although it took awhile to find the correct ones. I posted a thread a few months ago on my travails in finding a variety of parts, and which ones actually fit. be real careful on the ball joints, as one of the errant sizes I tried would actually fit and bolt up: but the taper was wrong, and use in this manner would not end well...

I paid a neighbor/friend who is a superb mechanic an hourly rate for a bunch of tasks. Although I have done amateur wrenching all my life, changing ball joints/suspension parts/engines/trannys/ carbs/brakes/radiators, etc over the years, my current job has me leaving the house at 5:30 am and returning home about 8:30 pm, and about 50% of my weekends are donated as well... He did very good work, but it is still galling to pay someone more than I make to do what I would rather be doing...

All that said, $1000 for a ball joint change is about 3X the price a bona fide shop should charge. 3 hours at $100 would be about right, assuming he had the correct parts ready to go. Chasing parts can take as much time as doing the work, as I have discovered...

THAT said, if you are handy with tools, there are some good threads on this and the IRV2 site about doing it yourself. It's just time, and a couple special tools you can rent.

If you get a chance, it would still be interesting to see a close-up pic of the failure.

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