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#473765 - June 13th 2011 11:35 am Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
Reed Offline
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
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Loc: Fircrest, WA
Yeah, I like ball joints better. My 83 Dodge van has a smoother ride and is easier to steer than the 89 Ford. The Dodge uses ball joints but the Ford kingpins. Ugh. I just know I am going to end up doing this myself.
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#473806 - June 13th 2011 1:07 pm Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
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From what I've seen out in the shop they are a pain inthe butt to replace
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#473858 - June 13th 2011 4:22 pm Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
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Yep, that is what I am afraid of. I think I will try replacing them myself and if I can't do it with my 12 ton arbor press I will take it to a shop.
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#473866 - June 13th 2011 4:33 pm Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
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Yea it's worth a try,Good Luck
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#474320 - June 15th 2011 1:39 am Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
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Loc: Maryville, TN
Would be cool if you could swap in a late model beam that uses ball joints.
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#474432 - June 15th 2011 12:32 pm Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
Reed Offline
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 8364
Loc: Fircrest, WA
Hmmmmmm. Why do you tempt me with such ideas? Hmmmmmmmm......
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#474985 - June 17th 2011 4:18 am Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
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Registered: October 02nd 2002 12:00 pm
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Loc: Maryville, TN
There are drop I beams for late models, not the tubular junk, but actual beams, they have ball joints, I'd love them on my 99, but I don't have $600 to purchase them, require bagging my rear as extended can't be dropped without risk of dragging.
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#475068 - June 17th 2011 11:33 am Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
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Loc: Fircrest, WA
I don't want to lower the van. One of the things I like about vans is how high they are and how good the visibility is. Plus, $600 is about $500 more than I want to spend on this. I think I will keep it stock for now.
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#476649 - June 25th 2011 1:01 am Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
Reed Offline
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 8364
Loc: Fircrest, WA
Yay! I found a shop that works on semis that will do my kingpins. Cool beans.
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#476663 - June 25th 2011 2:19 am Re: 89 E-150 kingpin replacement [Re: Reed]
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Registered: October 02nd 2002 12:00 pm
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Loc: Maryville, TN
They can bend the beams to correct your camber, most shops can't, they just suggest replacement of coils and everything, and hope that fixes it.
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