Ok well I need new balljoints (Get Cobra A-Arms?, what about a bumpsteer kit?)

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but whats the real advantage of the cobra ones vs mine? I dont mind doing it since I allready have lots into my suspension I will also get a panhard bar for the rear. any bushings I should replace while im in there (front end)?
 

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they come with stiffer bushings and ball joints.. alot easier than pressing out old bushings and ball joints.
 

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not any easier to do the bumpsteer, it just screws on and bolts to the A's
 

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Yes they'er ez to install.
they're seperate than the a arms, so it's not a big deal to do them together.
it just bolts to the A.

you just need to make sure they'er threaded the same distance as stock or you'll get toe in / out.
 
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Cool. Well not going to do it this summer (dont think unless it gets worse/comes back) or will bad tie-rod ends cause problems if I dont attend to them right away? I think id rather wait till next summer and do both, cobra A-arms, and bumpsteer.
 

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grab your tie rods, twist them. if they move easy, they are worn. if they are stiff and stay in place they are good. if they are factory and you have a 94, replace them. Do you have any uneven tire wear? same goes with the C/A bushings, they get worn and will allow your a frames to move in /out/ around. whats the worst that could happen?your balljoints could break and drop your car on the ground, your tie rods could break and no steering. both crucial parts as you can see...
 

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Re: Ok well I need new balljoints (Get Cobra A-Arms?, what about a bumpsteer kit

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grab your tie rods, twist them. if they move easy, they are worn. if they are stiff and stay in place they are good. if they are factory and you have a 94, replace them. Do you have any uneven tire wear? same goes with the C/A bushings, they get worn and will allow your a frames to move in /out/ around. whats the worst that could happen. your?, your balljoints could break and drop your car on the ground, your tie rods could break and no steering. both crucial parts as you can see...

Yea, a kid I knew had that happen to his 94. The tie rod "ball" seperated and his drivers' side wheel kicked completely to the right when he was doing about 75 on the highway. He still has the car, well, atleast pieces of it.. :noes:
 
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Well I still have low mileage on my car, I think the cause is just the fact that my car is dropped about 2" in the front. The squeak started after I was testing out my new brakes and slammed them on downhill lol.
 

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Well I got my tie rod ends today. What kind of grease should I fill em up with?
 

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I need to know guys. I'll be installing them tonight. What grease should I pump them up with?
 

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Its lithium isnt it? Your local parts store will know.

I didnt get around to installing them..,
Shouldnt it be something heavier, like some kind of black grease?
 

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Matt94GT said:
but whats the real advantage of the cobra ones vs mine? I dont mind doing it since I allready have lots into my suspension I will also get a panhard bar for the rear. any bushings I should replace while im in there (front end)?

I have the Cobra A Arms and the difference is in the steering...it responds faster and requires less input....plus the A arms are designed to work with a lowered car and work better with a lowered suspension then the stock. I bought mine from JohnBleakleyFord for @ $137 for the set. They bolted in easily also.
 

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Better clearance for wider tires in the front from what I have heard.
 

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So tonight I'm driving home with my girlfriend and BAM! The noise is back. :rant:

What the hell! I just replaced the tie-rod ends and it's starting all over. Either the new ones fubared (i doubt it's the case) or the balljoint is really the culprit.

It just doesnt make sense because evertime I'd spray down the tie rod end the squeaking would go away.. I wouldnt even touch the balljoint :dunno:

Tomorrow morning I'm gonna lift the car and inspect further. I'm truly embarassed to drive my car like this.
 

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on my car it was the bushings that were squeaking. I could push down on the front end and it would make noise. everytime I would go to stop=squeak. If I went to drive somewhere I would have to spray the suspension down with water before leaving because it was so annoying. So I feel your pain....
 

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Re: Ok well I need new balljoints (Get Cobra A-Arms?, what about a bumpsteer kit

I would just keep the arms you have since you know the clearance on them. I replaced my ball joints with MOOG ones from O'Rielly. They were sheap and I was able to press them in at my house. They are not that expensive, and if you're broke right nowe thats what I would do.
 
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