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Lower Ball Joint Recommendation

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by OGTACO'05, Apr 16, 2024.

  1. Apr 16, 2024 at 12:04 PM
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    OGTACO'05

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    I was able to source OEM lower ball joints on ebay. They have to ship from overseas, being Toyota doesn't sell them separately here for whatever reason.

    If you don't want to do that, Moog is probably your best bet.
     
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    steveo27

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    The same shit everyone else has.
    My first set of non-greasable Moogs were junk and fails after about 20k miles.

    My current set of greasable Moogs hsve about 35k miles on them and haven’t failed yet.
     
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    Sorry, but Moog is but a shadow of its former self. They used to be the best in the business. No more.
     
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    Moog is what's used in the the high-end fabricated LCAs from BTF, Dirt King, etc. I'm running Moog on my 4Runner, so far no issues after 12k.
     
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    What were your symptoms .I'm on 225k and kinda harsh on quick bumps. Harsh and slammy. Accutane is trying to tell me my Fox 2.5s are too much preload. I disagree. I installed them just how they came. I believe they're advertising custom tune?
     
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    more of a clunk. but jack up the truck and check. harshness does sound like a shock issue. post up some pics.
     
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    T4R_hereforbearings

    T4R_hereforbearings Dale Doback, M.D.

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    Not sure if they are fake or not (seem legit) but I sourced sankei 555 (claimed OEM) LBJs for my 4Runner off of partsgeek, not sure if people have had problems but I had no issues with my experience.. they may have yours as well..

    also I’ve yet to swap them so no feedback in that sense..
    IMG_4050.jpg
     
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    I don't have any symptoms right now. My inner boot is torn and leaking and going to do a OEM axle swap and saw grease at the base of the LBJ boot. Truck is 2005 with 162,000 miles. Thinking of changing the LBJ while I have it apart. May just let it ride until I have issues. Thanks for all the replies.
     
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    check it first lol. waiting till you have issues will end up with your wheel hanging off the truck like in all the pics. 5min check to see if you have sloppy balls :D
     
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    Thanks I have checked it and have no play in it now. I will have to keep close eye on it. With the truck being 19 y/o, may just replace both axles (looks like bellows are dry rotted on both), LBJ's (SPC uppers are 1y/o)
     
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    Little bit of a side question but does anyone know how to find the OEM upper ball joint model number? I'd like to get a set of Sankei 555 replacements but can't find them online anywhere. Oh, and this is for a 2005 base model 2wd regular 5-lug.
     
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    I have done the crow bar lbj check. no play but seems like a tacoma with 225k and been lifted with 33s its whole life should be doing some kinda wiggle???
     
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    Toyota dealership parts department may be able to help if you give them the VIN number.
     
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  18. Apr 21, 2024 at 11:25 AM
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    You could try the parts department at a Toyota dealership, they are usually very helpful and may give you this information. I just purchased lower ball joints ,both sides, at Toyota for a 1996 SR5 4x4 and the price was over $200 with new bolts. They will need your VIN#. Good luck. Woodcutter
     
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    Yeah, that's possible for the 1st gen. Unfortunately for the 2nd gen and up they only off complete upper and lower control arms pre-fitted with the ball joints. They are not available for sale separately in the US or even listed on the parts diagrams.
     

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