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Old 08-11-2017, 12:55 PM   #1
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Dynatrack Rebuildable Ball Joints?

OK sell me on Dynatrack rebuildable ball joints. I'm doing a brake upgrade and need balljoints as part of it, not because they're worn. Just hit 90k mi.

The rebuildable version is $411 more expensive than not. I get that if you're running a bro truck at 80mph on washboard all weekend you might REALLY need these but even with oversized tires (34s) my dynatrac Pro-Rock has held up fine. Based on how I use the van I can't imagine why I'd ever need these, not in the next 50k miles in any case.

So... any real reason to put the rebuildable ball joints in over the OEM spicer ball joints?
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:47 PM   #2
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:08 PM   #3
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You probably don't need the Prosteer but if it matters to you they are designed and made in the USA. They could quite possibly outlive the life of your van but that was my choice. Otherwise, I would have gone with the NAPA joints over the spicers and avoid Moog altogether. Other opinions may vary but the reputation and apparent quality of Moog has gone downhill in recent years.

NAPA ball joints are apparently made by Spicer (DANA). The only difference between NAPA and Spicer may be just that the Napa is greaseable. It would be interesting to know if it is made for NAPA to higher spec. As an OEM replacement the NAPA ball joints are highly regarded by the off-road Baja racing crowd. They are made in Taiwan.
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Nice install article on the ProSteer's. Dynatrac Heavy-Duty ProSteer Ball Joints - Install - 8-Lug Magazine
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I considered those when I did my ball joints, but didn't go that route because of cost, plain and simple.

I can tell you that swapping out ball joints is not easy or for the timid, its heavy and ugly work, 3lb sledge, leather gloves and steel toed work boots required. A $100/hr shop has got to charge 8hrs + $400 parts for that job.

I did mine while the axle was out, as part of a much more extensive DIY job.

I guess the serviceable joints can be repaired in a few hours?

My other thought is if I changed to serviceable ball joints, I'd want serviceable wheel bearings too, if you don't already have those (I think the Dyna axles come that way?) OEM Ford/Dana does not, the wheel bearing units are a non-serviceable item. Guys with the lifted 'bro trucks' are constantly swapping those out, too
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I considered those when I did my ball joints, but didn't go that route because of cost, plain and simple.

I can tell you that swapping out ball joints is not easy or for the timid, its heavy and ugly work, 3lb sledge, leather gloves and steel toed work boots required. A $100/hr shop has got to charge 8hrs + $400 parts for that job.

I did mine while the axle was out, as part of a much more extensive DIY job.

I guess the serviceable joints can be repaired in a few hours?

My other thought is if I changed to serviceable ball joints, I'd want serviceable wheel bearings too, if you don't already have those (I think the Dyna axles come that way?) OEM Ford/Dana does not, the wheel bearing units are a non-serviceable item. Guys with the lifted 'bro trucks' are constantly swapping those out, too
I guess it sort of depends on how often one's rig eats ball joints. Some report every 30k and others get away with 100k.
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Biggest plus is that you dont have to remove them to rebuild them.

Other than that its just expensive.
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Biggest plus is that you dont have to remove them to rebuild them.

Other than that its just expensive.
Are the service parts also expensive?
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I just googled the rebuilding kit and found it for 196.
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I ended up biting the bullet on the price difference and put in the Dynatrac ball joints a few years back, rather I had someone else put them in along with the free spin hub kit to get rid of the unit bearings. Over built for sure, and often needed when running large tires 37" and up. I've often followed the mantra-upgrade when replacing. I never ran into issues with the oem, others have reported needing to replace them every 30K, so really up to your particular experience, needs, and how deep your pockets are for a bit of piece of mind


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