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So I had truck taken in for an alignment today and they found a laundry list of problems. I need upper and lower ball joints, drag link and steering damper. Does anyone have reccomendations on what brand of parts I should use. This shop is fairly straight up so I trust them. I will be doing the work myself. My truck is a 2011 3500 cab and chassis single wheel 4x4.

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For Ball joints I would Highly recommend going with either the Carli's or the Dynatracs. Biggest difference in the two, is the Dynatrac have a Teflon liner (plastic) on the inside. So technically they will ware out. When its hard to say, we have customers with over 100k on them with no issues. They also come with a 1 year warranty and are technically rebuildable on the truck. Carli ball joints start out as a chunk of specialty chosen material which is machined to a unique design and then heat treated to a specified rockwell (hardness). From there the ball joints head to an aero-space lube company where a proprietary dry-lube coating is applied to a specified thickness. And they top them off with an accessible zirk fitting for easy servicing, plus they even include a tube of high quality synthetic grease with each ball joint set. As for the steering we have had really good luck with the Mopar steering systems, or if you really beefy set up, you should look at the Synergy Steering systems. Feel free to give us a shout anytime and we can walk you threw some of the items.


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Carli or EMF. I tried the Dyna Trac and had an 1/8" of play within 20000kms. Can't grease the lowers without removing the axle shaft. I called Dynatrac and quizzed them on that and they told me that they can be greased. They could not provide proof. Went with Carli's 3 years ago. tiny bit of play now but still within spec. My next purchased set will be EMF for my 2014. I have had the best luck with the Bilstein 5100 Damper. Tried the 7100 and everyone seemed to pile up. A bit interested in the new Fox dampers available. Probably going to give them a try next time.
I have EMF steering which is the heaviest duty but hard to get and really expensive. EMF Ends are all billet chromoly. They also make track bars which have no rubber.

On a side note EMF is even starting to build 4500 and 5500 steering and chassis components as there is next to nothing for that sector.

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So I had truck taken in for an alignment today and they found a laundry list of problems. I need upper and lower ball joints, drag link and steering damper. Does anyone have reccomendations on what brand of parts I should use. This shop is fairly straight up so I trust them. I will be doing the work myself. My truck is a 2011 3500 cab and chassis single wheel 4x4.
Check to see if the drag link is part of the 114th recall on the steering linkage issue like completely breaking. Probably get a free alignment afterwards.

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I believe my truck Had the Drag Ling replaced when I bought it. There was a new drag link that still had the part number paperwork attached. I have been driving the truck trying to decide when I want to drop $1000 on parts for good ball joints. I looked at the Carli Ball joints and it looked like they had to clocked properly so that you could grease the lower ball joints, but you had to raise the front end off the ground before greasing them and they had to be greased every 3000 miles.

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