Re: 2 wd E-150 ball joints
I pulled the trigger for the Motorcraft parts. ( slap, slap )
I had to do the footwork since the parts guy was first adamant about the OE parts. I had printed out the parts and numbers from the FMC parts site.
I think he was pizzed that he had to spend a few extra minutes at the 'pooter dealing with superceded part numbers.
Just then a familiar service writer showed up and we had an informal greeting. This helped the parts guy know I was there for business.
He had to order in the parts and I came back later that day for a looksie before commitment.
The important thing is that they do indeed have zerks. They are straight and I'll probably replace them with angled zerks if my grease gun hose doesn't fit. The lower definitely has the snap ring but the upper also came with a snap ring. I'll be curious if the body is deeper and necessitates a snap ring. Otherwise, extra parts got thrown into the box. The boots are thick and seem substantial.
I did a search on the NAPA site and ironically, their chassis brand part number is very closely matched the Motorcraft part number. Prolly a coingkidink but it something that makes one go, "Hmmm?"
Like most parts, there is one or two overseas factories that make the parts to a companies specs.
Hell, even Sam Adams is farmed out.
No worries. I'm pretty easy on this vehicle and yearly mileage is <10k.
The van goes in Monday evening.
2011 Express 1500
I'm a camper not a glamper