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Old 03-21-2015, 08:25 AM   #1
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Choosing Ball Joints

Is it worth paying the extra for the adjustable ball joints from American Muscle? Or should I stick with a cheaper OEM version. I also plan on replacing the outer tire rods, is there anything else that might need to be replaced? Someone on the forum suggested getting a bumpsteer kit since my car is lower 2 inches, do I need that as well? Thanks

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Has anybody ever replaced their ball joints before? If so what did you replace them with?

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I had to replace them when I first got the car because it was lowered without correctly changing other suspension. I replaced with moog ball joints. I still haven't addressed any of the other suspension but planning on changing the rest of the suspension this year.

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Here is a great kit from Steeda - Steeda 2005-10 Mustang X5 Ball Joints - Made in USA 555-8108 - Free Shipping!

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I had a huge amount of noise coming from my ball joints and had play in the wheel so instead of replacing with OEM (they only lasted me 50k) I went with steeda. These look great and have OEM quality fit and way better finish. No more noise and with the Bumpsteer kit I handle much better. Get the bumpsteer too, I wouldn't drive with how out of alignment these alone got me. - See more at: Steeda 2005-10 Mustang X5 Ball Joints - Made in USA 555-8108 - Free Shipping!
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Here is a great kit from Steeda - Steeda 2005-10 Mustang X5 Ball Joints - Made in USA 555-8108 - Free Shipping!

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What does the adjustable ball joints allow you to adjust? And are the Steeda ball joint adjustable TJ?

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No ... they just extended to restore the roll center. We do not currently have adjustable for 2005 - 2010.

Alignment will need to be done after install.

Adjustables are used on cars where you do not have an adjustable upper strut mount, like on the Fusion.

On that car, they adjust caster/camber. On the 2005-2010 use our 555-8120

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No ... they just extended to restore the roll center. We do not currently have adjustable for 2005 - 2010.

Alignment will need to be done after install.

Adjustables are used on cars where you do not have an adjustable upper strut mount, like on the Fusion.

On that car, they adjust caster/camber. On the 2005-2010 use our 555-8120

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Ok thanks for clearing that up. On your site it states that 18 inch wheels are required, I have 17 inch wheels. Do you have any other suggestions?

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You won't be able to use our ball joints with 17 inch wheels.

The ball joint moves the lower control arm away from the hub and closer to the wheel lip.

We have not seen a wheel that will clear it, except for skinnier drag type wheels.

Sorry I didn't ask the question when I first started.

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No problem, thanks for your help.

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