Originally Posted by prerunnerSD
thats fair thanks... i think they were original actually and the cv boots had been leaking for months (opps).. check out this pic of the current condition the the suspension... dont you think the angles of all the components are too severe and causing too much stress anyway?? what do i do??
should i put in moog lbj on both sides???
Do you plan to do the work yourself or have a shop do it?
I once rebuilt a beat to piss Chevy LUV 4X4. Most of the front suspension was shot, but I didn't know what needed to be replaced, and I didn't have enough money to replace everything. I took it to a good suspension shop and asked for an inspection, with the agreement that I'd pay them do the alignment and adjust the torsion suspension after I replaced the parts they found bad. They were cool with that agreement and it worked out well for the shop and me.
If you're willing to do the work yourself, that's the route I'd suggest. Once the worn out suspension parts are identified and replaced, the suspension can be adjusted and aligned, with the CV joint angles being considered. Running a lift will shorten the life of the CV joints, since they're having to deal with more of an offset load. If yours are ok, you may be able to improve the lifespan of the boots by stretching them a little (search for threads). Replacement drive axles (or whatever Toyota calls them) aren't all that expensive, btw.
Once you have everything tip top, spend some time learning how to perform the necessary inspections, or make sure a shop does it at least annually - more frequently if you offroad much. Also, thoroughly inspect the CV boots at every oil change to avoid unscheduled down time.