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Pretty straight forward.
Of the top of my head:
Jack up the front of truck. Put it on jack stands. Remove front wheel, brake rotor, and caliper bracket. Remove front shock. Put floor jack under lower control arm and jack it up enough to lift that corner of truck in order to keep spring compressed. Loosen ball joint nuts Use ball joint removal tool to break upper bj loose from spindle. After spindle is free from uca, SLOWLY lower jack to allow coil spring to extend -- this is the most dangerous part of the job. There is a LOT of energy stored in that compressed spring (enough to seriously injure or kill you).
Once the spring is loose and the lca is hanging down, remove spindle from lower ball joint. Iirc, there are only 2 bolt holding uca shaft to the frame. Remove uca and lca and install new ones. Install coil spring into lca loosely and install spindle onto lower bj. Jack up lca while aligning spring into upper spring bucket. Continue jacking until spring is compressed enough to get upper bj attached to spindle. Once ball joint nuts are tight, you can slowly lower jack again. reinstall brake rotor and caliper, wheel, etc.
That is basically how I did it, and I am sure I left some steps out in the above guide. USE A MANUAL or other source of instruction other than me. Doing this wrong will hurt you!!!
If you were only replacing bjs, you still have to do all the above work but you have to grind rivets and replace bjs instead of control arms.
It took me about half a day to replace my front end components.
2001 Dodge 2500. 221k, 2wd qclb, allegedly built auto, 57mm Super B/s475, 6x.011 pdd injectors, Arp head studs, Edge JwA+CS, Fass 220, Hamilton pushrods, Crower 110#, .093 crossover tubes.