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Old 06-01-2016
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Default Upper ball joint off set bushing question?

I have a 96 Dodge Ram 2500 (8800#'s) 4x4 with Cummins . I've never had any tire wear until last fall, then it was wearing on the outside left front tire. I did replace the left side ball joints shortly before I had the alignment done. I took it in and the toe-in was off. The machine said the left camber was +1.35 and the right was +0.23. I'm getting ready to put new tires on and decided the see if there were offset bushings already in the front end. There are 1.00 degree bushings in each side. I wanted to get it back to as close to 0.10 degrees and could with a 2.25* bushing on the left side. I've noticed on some websites that you can only put a 1.50* bushing in and still get the castle nut and cotter pin in.

Is this correct and if so how would I get the camber corrected.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 06-06-2016
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Old 06-10-2016
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There are ball joints that can be rotated to adjust. They are a pita to adjust and finding a tech willing to take the time to adjust them is difficult and expensive. You only need adjustable when the stock are not close. The stock will be off only if the truck has been hit.

I'll go back to stock when I have an excuse. Most alignment shops won't touch adjustables especially when they don't do the install. I "think the adjustment involves rotating the ball joint while installed which effectively moves the suspension around a cam. If yours are adjustable, they need adjusting not replacing. Mine take an allen wrench in the top to turn and the wrench can strip the fitting.
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