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Old March 11th, 2018, 08:38
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Ball joints for lifted XJ

Hi guys, so I ordered my IRO LA lift for my XJ on Friday and since I will be running 33x12.50/15 tires, I figured I would go ahead and freshen up the steering components some and replace my old ball joints. I am looking on rock auto and they have offset ball joints that say for lifted vehicles. Do I need those or can I just put in Oem spec ones and be fine? Thanks as always for the advice.
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Old March 11th, 2018, 10:15
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

Before you replace anything, put your Jeep on an alignment rack. A good tech should be able to tell you if offset ball joints are needed.
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Old March 11th, 2018, 10:58
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

unless something is bent, you shouldn't need offset balljoints.
I use synergy balljoints in mine with no issues
also got timkin wheel bearings on rockauto.
If you don't wanna use the synergy balljoints the stock spicer ones are excellent too
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Old March 11th, 2018, 14:58
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

if camber is off, there is a shim made to correct that.
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Old March 11th, 2018, 15:19
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

I am currently running Synergy and have used Alloy USA ball joints too. They’re the way to go IMHO. If you need offset ball joints it’s because your axle is bent.
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Old March 11th, 2018, 23:00
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

Offset ball joints can also change caster, ie they aren’t just for a band aid on bent axles. I run the Teraflex ball joints with good results.
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Old March 12th, 2018, 04:20
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

My axle definitely isnít bent. I was just making sure before I bought new hardware. Thanks for the input guys.
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Old March 12th, 2018, 07:16
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Offset ball joints can also change caster, ie they arenít just for a band aid on bent axles. I run the Teraflex ball joints with good results.
That sounds like a real pain in the way to adjust caster to me. There is also a factory adjuster for that on the lower control arm if you aren't running aftermarket adjustable arms of some type.
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

Never said it was the best or an easy way. But it can be done if your BJs are shot and you have a lift with all fixed arms.
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Old March 13th, 2018, 05:43
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

OP, you won't need them with the lift
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standard joints
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Old March 13th, 2018, 14:47
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Re: Ball joints for lifted XJ

Napa chassis is what I use on mine for frontend parts
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Old March 16th, 2018, 09:08
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Never said it was the best or an easy way. But it can be done if your BJs are shot and you have a lift with all fixed arms.
Not that it's really necessary, but ball joint caster adjustment won't affect pinion angle.
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