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Old 08-05-2005, 08:16 AM
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Ball Joints....not a hot rod but....

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I Got a 2001 Dodge ram 1500 that needs Lower ball joints and Lucky me I have to get them from the dealer and Lucky me x2 there riveted in with great big rivets I brought it to a dealer they quoted me 1800 bucks to replace ball joints (insert middle finger smiley) any way on to the question
If I get ball joints obviously I cant rivet em back in can I use a good grade Nut bolt and lockwasher to put these back in? theres 3 per side
Obviously ill make sure there the right size bolt length, thickness etc...

any for anyone who works in a dealership....where the hell do they come up with these numbers!!

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Most ball joints that you but, that had rivets originally installed, come with replacement bolts...........................Check with Chrysler/parts house and see if they do. It wouldn't suprise me if Chrysler did not.
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Old 08-05-2005, 11:24 AM
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It wouldn't suprise me if Chrysler did not.
LMAO...me either
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GM stuff that I've worked on comes riveted from the factory.

The FWD stuff has big, tough rivets that have to be drilled out, then the heads have to be chiseled off.

Replacement ball joints come with new bolts. I can't imagine the ball joints not coming with replacement bolts - there's too much liability for some moron to use off-the shelf bolts from kmart, rather than a high-quality fastener that it would seem is required for something like a ball joint.

Lots of stress on that particular component.
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If you were a customer at my shop, your cost would be this

2wd = $795.80+ tax
4wd = $694.05+ tax

You will also need a front end alignment at $57.00

These prices are for upper and lower ball joints installed with a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty. I priced out all 4 because more than likely the uppers will need to be replaced also. They have the same amount of miles and wear and tear on them. Do these now and save some labor $$$

So with the saving from my price to the dealers you could drive to me here in Michigan and still save money

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If you were a customer at my shop, your cost would be this

2wd = $795.80+ tax
4wd = $694.05+ tax

You will also need a front end alignment at $57.00

These prices are for upper and lower ball joints installed with a 12 month 12,000 mile warranty. I priced out all 4 because more than likely the uppers will need to be replaced also. They have the same amount of miles and wear and tear on them. Do these now and save some labor $$$

So with the saving from my price to the dealers you could drive to me here in Michigan and still save money

Steve
LOL....Thanks man I appreciate the offer!!
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If you were a customer at my shop, your cost would be this

2wd = $795.80+ tax
4wd = $694.05+ tax
Steve,

Just out of curiosity, why is the 2wd more expensive than 4wd? I would have thought the opposite as a general rule...
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Steve,

Just out of curiosity, why is the 2wd more expensive than 4wd? I would have thought the opposite as a general rule...
The ball joints for the 4wd are $235.74 for all 4 Labor pays 5.5 hours

2wd are $462.48 for all 4 Labor pays 4.0 hours



screamin340 come on we are practically neighbors. Michigan is not that far.
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