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    Default Sonoma ball joints and wheel bearings

    Howdy all,

    2001 gmc sonoma 4x4 4.3 auto 155k

    still have stock upper and lower ball joints, I can tell because they are riveted in. I know I may as well do
    the wheel bearings while I'm at it, what about tie rods, idler, and pitman?

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    if it is in your budget then go for it. I like to be proactive on things like this, especially before I install new tires. If you can swing it go with moog parts, you will not be disappointed. I changed out all my front end parts on my 2002 at 100,000 miles. I planned on keeping it and was having new tires put on. I did not want to eat thru $1000 in tires because of worn front end parts. I did end up selling the truck with 130,000 on it. Everyone that test drove it was impressed by the tightness of the steering and it made it an easy sale.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    Wow, 155,000 on the original ball-joints. Those trucks were hard on ball-joints. I had a '96 and I would have had 3 sets installed with that many miles.

    '09 Avalanche LTZ - Black
    '05 Envoy XL (sold)

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    No kidding, I couldn't believe it when I saw rivets, can only hope someone couldn't figure it out and replaced whole a-arm. No wonder my steering is iffy, and my bump stops are also disengrated

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