Just finished the front end project and all went well. I will take the truck to get aligned this weekend.
Overall a pretty easy job. Having the proper tools, as always, is a huge advantage. I have an air compressor, air ratchet and impact gun.
I had to ''borrow'' an axle nut socket and ball joint press from the local AutoZone.
Everything else I have, standard sockets, small sledge (to free the old ball joints), a couple of box wrenches, torque wrench and a grease gun.
Tough on the ''old'' bones doing it on my knees and back and 90 degree heat. Overall the job to took just under 5 hours. That was with breaks and having to run to the parts store to get the socket and press.
What a remarkable difference in the ride and handling. After 167,000 plus miles I guess I didn't notice how ''sloppy'' the truck had gotten.
Oh, and the squeaks are gone!
Here is a link with pictures that I found from the Ford forum. http://www.ford-trucks.com/article/i...ll_Joints.html
If you can turn a few wrenches, have the tools mentioned and have the time, this a real money saver. I was quoted $950 from a local mechanic and heard the dealership will charge over $1100! My parts came to just over $200 and I had to purchase a new Torque Wrench $60. Well worth the time plus I get the satisfaction of doing it myself.