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Carli upper ball joint won't seat fully
Replacing worn out factory ball joints, about 58k miles on the truck (2015 3500). Went with Carli for the warranty & quality of parts - dealer wanted $2k to replace with Mopar joints, so $800 to do my own Carli's was a no brainer! Very happy and very easy install... on three of them.
The driver's side upper ball joint won't sit flush with the surface of the C-arm, no matter what I do. The inboard side sits about 2 sheets of paper (I don't have any measuring feeler guage things) higher than the outboard side. Didn't notice it at first - got everything installed & steering was noticeably weird. On reinspection, found the steering knuckle didn't turn freely on driver's side vs passenger side, and that's when I found that the upper joint wasn't seated fully.
So I removed the ball joint and it feels like the lower portion of the inboard side of the bore is worn - I suspect due to the original joints failing and moving around. Tried reinstalling 4 times to get it to seat properly - the last time I thought I had it, everything was flush, until I loosened the installation tool. Once the clamping force was off, it sort of migrated back up to its current pictured position over the course of 1-2 minutes.
So the question is - how do I get the new ball joint to seat flush? It seems like if I just took a thin shim and used it on the outboard side, I could get it to be straight - but that wouldn't do anything to fix the hollowed out / worn bore, and I'm afraid it would just slop around and start binding my steering again. I could go get a cheap oversized ball joint, I suppose, but I don't want to use only 3/4 of my brand new $800 joints. But I also don't want to drive on this one this way and ruin my Carli warranty.
Thanks for reading - any thoughts would be very helpful!
2015 Ram 3500 6.7L SRW