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    YJ Ball Joint advice needed

    Evening,

    The old YJ is throwing all kinds of fun lately, Clutches, tics and taps...

    Noticed the other day on the front inboard edge of the 32's a shaving down, looks feathered and the roadface is no longer flat.

    Ball Joints are a mess, so here's the question:

    Im seeing all kinds of Synergy, Alloy and wiz-bang 'supposed t be the new *****-hot tech in a simple thing called a ball joint, and I figured I would ask here:

    She's my DD 5 days a week, and gets me into the deep wadi to photograph all kinds of beautiful things, so she wont see anything but maybe a CrownKing one of these years (if that is even a club wheel any longer- Ive been away for some time)

    She's a 89 YJ with a small RE lift, SYE, and rides on 32's.

    Ive been a Spicer guy forever, and was lease to se they still make ball joints, but am looking to the younger bad *** Jeepers for some scoop n whether the new-age ball joints are worth the vig for what my needs are.

    It's good to be back, looks like there are fewer of us around,

    Thanks in advance,

    Ben
    89 YJ 4.2, AX15, R.E. 2.5" Lift by LetzRoll Offroad, 32x11.5-15s.
    94 ZJ 4.0 Currently disguised as my Daughter's post-college ride, out of state.

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    Re: YJ Ball Joint advice needed

    I had a bad ball joint recently, put a ‘lifetime warranty’ autozone in it and it was bad again within a couple months. Bought the Synergy ball joints and they’re like night and day. I work my balls hard and I’m happy. $200 for a full set,, both sides was money well spent.

    PJ


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    Re: YJ Ball Joint advice needed

    Last time I replaced the ball joints on my D30 was about 3 years ago. Put in good old OEM Spicers and haven’t had an issue so far.


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    Re: YJ Ball Joint advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by RAZ View Post
    I work my balls hard and I’m happy.


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    Lol

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    Re: YJ Ball Joint advice needed

    Search the interwebs you should come across a number of complaints with the Synergys. Jeepforum has some. Go with the Spicers and never look back.
    It's like an LJ... only bigger.

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    Re: YJ Ball Joint advice needed

    I put Spicers into the Dana 44 I swapped into my YJ years ago and have had no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAZ View Post
    I had a bad ball joint recently, put a ‘lifetime warranty’ autozone in it and it was bad again within a couple months. Bought the Synergy ball joints and they’re like night and day. I work my balls hard and I’m happy. $200 for a full set,, both sides was money well spent.

    PJ


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    LMFAO! Thanks!
    89 YJ 4.2, AX15, R.E. 2.5" Lift by LetzRoll Offroad, 32x11.5-15s.
    94 ZJ 4.0 Currently disguised as my Daughter's post-college ride, out of state.

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    Re: YJ Ball Joint advice needed

    Decided to go the OEM route, 2 boxes of 706944X

    I have a press somewhere, buried, and after consulting the local couple of shops w/their 90 day warranty and $350 labor cost for at most 2-3 hours, looks like greasy hand will be my new handle this weekend.

    Really appreciate all who commented. Have a great evening.
    89 YJ 4.2, AX15, R.E. 2.5" Lift by LetzRoll Offroad, 32x11.5-15s.
    94 ZJ 4.0 Currently disguised as my Daughter's post-college ride, out of state.

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