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Old 06-04-2014, 03:59 AM   #1
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P30 Ball Joints - which ones?

I have a bad lower ball joint I need to replace. Should I replace all the ball joints? Don't want to spend $350 if not needed though. But worn tires are not cheap.


I'm seeing all types of stuff about 11,000 rear Axle, 14,000 GVW, etc. Some say motorhome, sometimes not. Between NAPA, Autozone, and O'Riley it's getting confusing.. I've found their parts lists are wrong sometimes. Depending on who you get at the counter, it's a crap shoot.


I'm going to assume the 20-30$ parts would not be ideal VS the 60-80$ versions..

Lowers NAPA: I think this will work, seems quality?

NAPA AUTO PARTS

Upper NAPA.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:30 AM   #2
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I've always used Moog front end parts. They were better than TRW parts.
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I am also a fan of Moog front end components. Proven over many years and any vehicles.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:38 AM   #4
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mr j.

i've seen posts on the forum that refer to the airstreams as a P32. i'm not sure if there is a suspension difference.
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I no longer buy parts from the autozone type stores and only buy from napa if it is an emergency. I have a good old fashion auto parts shop I buy from. They are willing to take the time to find the right part. More expensive but I've learned my lesson on buying cheep. Ask for U.S. made parts if available.
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Another vote for Moog.
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Years ago, my dad had the ball joints replaced while on a trip. Heading back home through the mountains one broke. The shop installed the wrong ball joints. He almost lost the coach.

Also I'm one of those that if one ball joint is bad, I replace all of them.
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:38 PM   #8
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Part correct?

You guys are great, thanks for the help!

Here's the Moog upper:

Moog - Ball Joint
Part Number: K6174
Line: MOO
Limited Lifetime Warranty
UPC: 80066117652
Multiple Applications
Front Upper
- Standard Cargo Van
- 11000 Lb. Rear Axle
Front Upper
- Stripped Chassis
- Motorhome
- 14000 Lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight


Here's the lower:

Moog - Ball Joint
Part Number: K6511
Line: MOO
Limited Lifetime Warranty
UPC: 80066273471
Front Lower
Stripped Chassis
Motorhome
14000 Lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight


Do these look correct? Any suggestions?

These are the more expensive ones that say 14,000 and motorhome on O'reilly's site.. I just found these parts at almost half on rockauto.com, WOW! 100$ savings for the same parts.

Let me know what you guys think, I'll order these if they're correct.

Again, thanks guys.
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MrJ, did those parts work out for you. I will be reworking my front end soon and only want to do it once if possible. Like you said front tires aren't cheap.
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MrJ, did those parts work out for you. I will be reworking my front end soon and only want to do it once if possible. Like you said front tires aren't cheap.
yes, we had to use a jack to get the lower ones in there. They were a little tight. Top ones works once I grinded off the original ones that were riveted in. I did have a top boot brake which I'm not happy about. I used Rock Auto and saved a lot of money over Autozone, etc.
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I would not use anything but moog Napa would be second choice they are made by perfect circle which is good you will need ball joint press or large socket to fit over ball joint you can knock them out with a good heavy hammer after supporting a arm very solid jack stand as close to outside as you can even with a press they can be hard to get back in. Think the the top are riveted in just grind off and replace with bolts. If your doing that check upper a arm bushing normally they are only good for 35000 miles. Good luck
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P30 Ball Joints - which ones?

I just rebuilt the front suspension on our TV. With 250,500 miles on a 4.6 liter gasser. It would be easy to justify scrimping on parts, but a ball joint, or tie rod failure at speed it not a pretty sight.

I spent $750 in parts and can sleep well as a result. Moog for me as well.
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If in doubt contact Moog directly. I've been on the phone with them several times. They will help you find the right part number. Also, the 14,000 gvw isn't an option if you want to get a heavy duty part or a lighter duty part. One is the right part for your vehicle and one is not. You need to determine the actual gvw of your vehicle and the axle rating to get the correct part.
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If in doubt contact Moog directly. I've been on the phone with them several times. They will help you find the right part number. Also, the 14,000 gvw isn't an option if you want to get a heavy duty part or a lighter duty part. One is the right part for your vehicle and one is not. You need to determine the actual gvw of your vehicle and the axle rating to get the correct part.
I used the Moog part #s from the e-mail above from Rock Auto. Saved a lot of money.

I agree, using cheap auto parts is not a good idea.
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