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Old 11-10-2016, 06:48 AM   #29
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I have a Automotive ball joint press but it ain't gonna have the stones to do these...

My joints are fine, I am curious if the tool is like a Automotive type but bigger...and where you get one.
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Had to send it back. It was custom machined. Pretty cool tool. Free loan of tool just pay shipping.
You got it from Reyco? Or Sparten
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Old 11-10-2016, 07:46 AM   #31
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You got it from Reyco? Or Sparten
From Reyco
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:14 AM   #32
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:24 AM   #33
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Also here is link to Reyco Spartan IFS Product training / technical trouble shooting and alignment procedures and specifications.

http://www.spartanchassis.com/cps/lo...5375561250.pdf
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Old 11-10-2016, 10:39 AM   #34
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My ball joints creaked and sometimes popped on a right hand turn before being replaced at 64k miles in 2008. And the new ball joints also have creaked and sometimes popped on a right turn from day one right up to the current 106k miles.
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My coach is scheduled for December 1-2 at the Spartan factory for ball joint replacement. $2500 for parts & labor including alignment.
The Spartan web site lists authorized service centers I believe. I'm lucky to live close to the factory so I get my annual service done there.
Wherever you go best of luck and safe travels.
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:42 PM   #36
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I had mine replaced at LAZYDAYS in Tampa in December 2016. They either did not have the tool -- or the tool needed assistance to unscrew the threaded ball joints. They welded a large nut onto the bottom of one of the larger ball joints to assist removing it.

If you look closely you can see ---
1-- slots where the spanner (special tool) would fit ball joint
2-- threads of the ball joint
3-- Nut that they welded to assist removing the ball joint

Total cost at LazyDays was $2800.
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:30 PM   #37
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The "Spanner-type" ball joint tool may be seen clearer on pg 61 of this Spartan Chassis pdf
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I have a 2001 Dutch Star DP ISC 8.3 My right front tire is wearing on the outside. I took it to have the front end checked and they wanted all-most $ 1,500.00 to replace the upper and lower ball joints. is this out of line. I am in the process of getting a second opinion. I checked E Bay for the parts and couldn't find them. Any. Suggestions. Ken
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I have a 2001 Dutch Star DP ISC 8.3 My right front tire is wearing on the outside. I took it to have the front end checked and they wanted all-most $ 1,500.00 to replace the upper and lower ball joints. is this out of line. I am in the process of getting a second opinion. I checked E Bay for the parts and couldn't find them. Any. Suggestions. Ken


$1500 for one side is average but if it were mine, I would be doing both sides. $2500 to $3000 is average for both sides with an alignment.
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$1500 for one side is average but if it were mine, I would be doing both sides. $2500 to $3000 is average for both sides with an alignment.

If one side is worn-out, the other side is not far behind. Either side can make the other side tire wear unevenly too.

From what I've read in this thread, Spartan has the lowest pricing for replacing all 4 ball-joints. The pdf I referenced in post #37 has the testing procedure for ball-joints, but the quickest method is to raise the front-end off the ground, then use a pry-bar under each wheel to detect any movement/slop in the ball-joints, if you can feel ANY, the ball-joints are worn-out.

An aside to this is, Cummins Coach Care shops are also authorized Spartan repair shops.
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my joints are shot , the inside of the tire is not wearing , my left front tire is wearing on the second and 4th rib , not 1st , 3rd or 5th rib
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I did recently notice that the new ball joints I had installed a few months ago are not the serviceable type -- no grease fittings.

If the boots do eventually go there will be no extending the life of these.

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