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Old 06-30-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Lost tire going 70 down highway

So I was on my way fishing when my lower ball joint broke goin 70 mph down the highway. That caused my upper ball joint to break and send my axle flying!!! The tire somehow ended up underneath the rocker panel just being held by the tie rod. I skidded about 200 ft before coming to a stop. How it didn't roll I have no clue??? I know I'm gonna need all those parts but do you guys think anything else could have bent??? Upper control arm?
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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Holy shit!
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:46 PM   #3
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I have to ask, what model/year truck, was it lifted, etc?
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:52 PM   #6
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Been there done that. Try having your tire and axle rod go flying past you and into on coming traffic at 70mph . I have pictures to prove it.

This was in a 99 ford ranger.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #7
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It's a 2001 with a toytec lift. I will post pics once I get to my computer I'm not sure how to do it on my iPhone.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:43 PM   #8
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Dam! Did you roll it? What else did u break on it
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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Wow.. Makes me want to hustle to get my lower ball joint fixed
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
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I have a '04 with the Toytec and my right side is popping... Lift has been on for 3 months and just for fun I checked and don't qualify for the recall. It seems you're ok, lucky you.
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Check your cv adam
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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Check your cv adam
Will do, thanks. I looked at the lower's and seemed like grease had been oozing out.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:14 PM   #13
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Ah, 1st gen, where the lower ball joint is inverted by design.
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So I had just replaced my axles ball joints etc the whole front end. And I'm the type of guy who checks to make sure everything is tight every oil change which is 5k. I noticed my truck had a squeak n popping noise n I couldn't figure it out. Well I guess I know what it was now lol I hope the insurance will cover it I have full coverage.
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Find out if your truck was a part of the ball joint recall. Visit a dealer and bring your VIN#.

edit...just read your last post^^^


What brand BJ's did you go with?
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:19 AM   #16
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I bought them at autozone. Not the best place to probably buy them but I change them out once a year due to the fact that I'm always hunting.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:32 AM   #17
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cheap chinese parts are probably to blame.

I would do the rebuild with MOOG parts. They are made in USA and Japan. Quality stuff.
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:56 PM   #18
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Just an FYI, I replaced my lower ball joints about 1.5 months ago (Moog), and am now replacing the lower right again, so you never know.
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Happened on my 98,, about a year ago. Luckily I was going about 7 MPH in a parking lot. Still scared the shit out of me when my truck slammed into the asphalt and kept sliding. The parking lot had just been resurfaced, and I messed it up. Glad you are ok man.
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Yea talk about scared!!! I had to run behind a tree after it stopped sliding! Lol I know its pretty bad cuz it looks bent. Hope they total it maybe I can strait axle it!
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