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The Time Has Come For Me To Replace My Ball Joints, After Calling Many Places I Found That You Can Actually Do That In My Truck Instead Of Replacing The Entire Control Arm, I Was Just Wandering If Any Brand Would Work, Everyone Has Told Me To Go With Moog, But They Are Very Expensive, Should I Caugh Up The Money?
 

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Thanks, Rock Auto Had Them Much Cheaper Than What I Was Looking At
 

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My Friend That Is Putting On The Ball Joints For Me Told Me It Might Be A Good Idea To Go Ahead And Replace My Shocks While Everything Is Torn Apart, I Was Looking A Edelbrock, But I Am Afraid They Will Be Too Soft, As I Do Go Off Road During Hunting Season, But I Am Not Looking For Any 4x4 Shocks, Any Suggestions?
 

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I Have Already Replaced The Idler And Pitman Arm When I Got The Truck, But I Havent Checked My Tie Rods Yet, Any Suggestions On Shocks For A Mainly Street Truck, Dont Want To Lower It But I Do Do Some Street Racing I Know Its A V6 So I Chose My Oppenents Carefull) So I Need A Good Street Set
 

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I Have Already Replaced The Idler And Pitman Arm When I Got The Truck, But I Havent Checked My Tie Rods Yet, Any Suggestions On Shocks For A Mainly Street Truck, Dont Want To Lower It But I Do Do Some Street Racing I Know Its A V6 So I Chose My Oppenents Carefull) So I Need A Good Street Set
When I was driving my truck 90 miles round trip everyday to work, I got some Monroe Reflex shocks - they were very nice for the street.

Now they've got about 60k miles on 'em, I'll be replacing them.
 

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Go with the Moog. I bought the cheap set last time around and now I need to replace them after only 30,000 miles! :banghead:

You can rent the tools for free (minus the deposit) at Autozone, can be done in about 2-3 hours, less if you have an extra pair of hands or a gopher bitch.

edit: let me know which shocks you go with, I still have my OEM ones and am debating about getting a set of Monroe or going for the Ranchos.
I do off road a lot though.
 

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Well, I Know Most Of You Are Muddin Types, But I Found A 2/4 Drop Kit Complete With Shocks And Upper And Lower Control Arms For My Truck Through A Friend For Dirt Cheap, So I Decided To Go With That, Ill Just Have To Use My Dads Z71 For The Rough Stuff, I Am In The Market For An Old Ramcharger 4x4 To Use Strictly As A Hunting Truck So If Yall Know Any Let Me Know
 

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don't take this the wrong way, but with the V6 I think it would work out well lowering it. You have plenty of room in the engine bay to mount all your hydraulic stuff.
And, unless you got gears, the 6 would have a hard time turning 35s.
 

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I Dont Plan On Using Hydrolics, I Found A Djm Drop Kit That Uses Shackles For The Rear And Control Arms Anad Springs For The Front, My Current Tires Are 32 Inch Street Tires And I Have An Extra Set Of 33 Inch Coopers I Put On When Going Off Road, I Can Roast The Hell Out Of The 32's Probably B/c Of The Cam, But I Cant Do A Thing With The 33's
 

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I Would Love 4.10s But Am Afraid Of What They Would Do To My Mpg
 

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won't hurt it as bad as you think.
what are you turning in O.D. @ 75?
running 70 w 4.11s I'm turning 2100.
 

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At 75 I Am At 2000
 

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which tranny do you have? 42RE or 46RE?
Either way, you have a final drive ratio (o.d.) of .69:1
Installing a set of 4.11s isn't going to kill your highway MPG, and will help you city MPG.
The mileage on my Ram went up by about 2 on the highway and 4 in the city.
I was getting 9 city 13 highway with 3.55s and 33s. I now get 12-13 city and solid 16 on highway. With the 35s I get about 10 city and I dont drive them on the highway.
 

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Yeah i have noticed similar results after going from 3.55:1 to 4.1:1 my city mpg increased a little bit maybe 1mpg, as for highway i'm not really sure because I rarely drive on the highway enough to get any useful numbers. When I am on the highway I'm at around 2250rpms at 75MPH and a hair under 2k at 65MPH, only a 250rpm increase not to bad.

by the way final drive ratio = rear end ratio. ;)
 

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I Have The 42 Re, But Are 4.11's So Low That They Will Kill My Highway Performance, Say When I Want To Punch At 70, Will I Still Get The Nice Kick That I Get Now?
 

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it will raise the rpms in all gears by about 250-350, so it's not that big of a difference on the highway.
BUT, it's a lot easier to get the truck moving from a stop (city driving).
And it will prolong the life of your tranny, if you drive it right.

I Have The 42 Re, But Are 4.11's So Low That They Will Kill My Highway Performance, Say When I Want To Punch At 70, Will I Still Get The Nice Kick That I Get Now?
no, it will not hurt you highway performance, if anything it will help it since the engine & tranny will have more of a mechanical advantage.
 
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