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Old 10-12-2011, 08:42 PM
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I'm a grad student moved out of my house into an apartment where they won't allow me to work on my truck. All four ball joints need replacing on my truck. I got a quote for $535 including parts, labor, and alignment. Does this sound right? I thought it was a pretty good price, but I wanted to check with you guys first. Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:44 PM
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Actually, that doesn't sound all that bad.... considering the number of labor hours in just doing ball joints...... And as it includes the alignment..... jump on it.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:51 PM
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Actually, that doesn't sound all that bad.... considering the number of labor hours in just doing ball joints...... And as it includes the alignment..... jump on it.

+1. Alignment is normally $70 alone here. Good ball joints are not inexpensive, and your situation preventing you from working on it there leaves few options - except finding a friend that will let you do it at their house on a weekeend - for binging a couple of six packs.....
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:52 PM
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You can save about $400 if you do it yourself. I've done all of mine twice, first time took me 3 days, second time took me literally three hours. But shops will charge you a pretty penny, that seems a fair price. I did the bushings at the same time, I recommend having those done as well.

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Old 10-12-2011, 09:01 PM
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You can save about $400 if you do it yourself. I've done all of mine twice, first time took me 3 days, second time took me literally three hours. But shops will charge you a pretty penny, that seems a fair price
So you can get four ball joints for a $135 ?
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:08 AM
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You can get duralast ball joints from autozone for about $160 plus tax
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:26 AM
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I priced a set of ball joints for just over $200, I think from autozone too.
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So you can get four ball joints for a $135 ?
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You can get duralast ball joints from autozone for about $160 plus tax
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I priced a set of ball joints for just over $200, I think from autozone too.
Quad4x4 - $150
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Fubba, do you live near a military post? If you do, most have places where they will work on your truck and the labor rates are LOW. I got rear brake shoes replaced on my old 1996 PLUS they turned the drums. It was only 65 bucks in Ft Sill Oklahoma in 2008 before tax. I think it was a Firestone that the army allowed to open up in there. They just have to settle on prices for military members.

They didn't check my ID. Maybe they won't check yours.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:15 AM
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So you can get four ball joints for a $135 ?
Potentially cheaper than that. See attached.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:19 AM
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I got quoted 500$ for TWO balljoints on mine here in Cali without a alignment. Was so mad i went to ebay, got my whole front end suspension for 118$. took me all weekend and i rented pitman arm puller and ball joint removal tool. After adding in an alignment got my whole front end suspension for 200$. The price he quoted you is fair for sure, i was cussing at my ball joints and my removal tool was just a 1/8 inch too short to fit over the ball joints so i had to hacksaw a little bit off then pop em out. definitely not fun. Its all about labor here.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:43 PM
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I don't have much as far as tools go here. All of them are back at home in my shop. However, I won't be able to go back home to work on it for over a month. If the price is fair to you guys, I think I may go ahead and get him to do it. Just so I don't have to wait or fool with it. The inside of my mud tires are bald now anyway haha.
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Yes I concur also that the $500ish is a good deal for the amount of work.

Concur with the amount of cussing!!
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anybody trust those rockauto balljoints lol
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anybody trust those rockauto balljoints lol

That seemed pretty cheap...too cheap......

I don't recognize the brand. I wouldn't jump out and try them unless I knew someone that had a good experience and good life out of them. I'm thinking "you get what you pay for." Sometimes you get a break, and sometimes you get broken.
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lol i hear ya man, i just dont want to be the friend that tries em. 37 inch tires aint cheap and i dont want to lose a wheel because of a "10dollar" ball joint
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Ball joint's can be had for cheap, if you want to use junk. All that aside, PLEASE READ THIS THREAD, http://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...e-tragedy.html
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Thats not a bad price.I was quoted $660 here for just the lowers.Alignment not included.
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