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Old 09-11-2018, 07:58 AM   #1
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Suspension rebuild in order, Vendor suggestions?

It is passed time to rebuild the front end on my 2wd.

Not sure there is any part I will skip from the steering wheel to the wheels. Steering shaft, gear box, pump, lines, tie rod ends, control arms, blah, blah.

I'm not rich but I will be doing the work at my shop so the labor part is negligible. So I want to invest in good parts for what may be the last time I redo the front end on my truck.

I want to have a vendor that sells whatever it is I need and get it from one source for a financial advantage and I would prefer it not be Amazon.

Keep the money local, so to speak.

Suggestions of who to use? My local parts houses here in Tampa cant get the Borgeson stuff.

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Old 09-11-2018, 05:27 PM   #2
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I did a Carli suspension about 5 years ago, as well as a Borgeson box and steering shaft. I ditched the carli springs in favour of air bags, but I will say the control arms have stayed tight, and the steering was probably the biggest difference I noticed when I did it.

Borgeson Box
Borgeson Steering shaft
Carli Control Arms
Carli 3rd gen track bar
Dodge 08+ tie rods and drag link (they had a real cheap price on this vs. 98 style parts)
01 Pitman arm for the 08 upgrade
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Bilstein Shocks

Not to say this is the only or even the best way, but its whats in mine and I've been pretty happy with it.


If you do go for the borgeson box and a 3rd gen trackbar conversion, one of the bolts that goes through the new bracket will be too short to properly torque the steering box and I ended up pulling the threads out of the box. Ended up putting in a NF9/16" helicoil as the price of a 14mm helicoil kit was beyond ridiculous. Just an FYI.
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:17 PM   #3
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Being it's a 2wd, just good quality stock moog parts are all that's needed. Will last over 100k miles, and a stock 2wd second gen actually drives good.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:06 PM   #4
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I will second Jason.
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:01 AM   #5
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Ok. Other than the other than the few Borgeson bits, I was planning on Moog.

Looking for a vendor that has all of this and I can get it in one place.

I put it all in my cart on Amazon including a fluid dampener and then I figured I should check here, throw some money at a vendor.
Vendor suggestions? There's a thousand of them listed and I don't feel like sorting through everyone. I'm sure you guys have some favorites?
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:06 AM   #6
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Agree with Jason.

I did a buddies 02 2wd front end for him as a favor. He bought all moog parts from my local AC Delco parts house (per my recommendation). I had to remove the factory riveted ball joints which was a pain, even with a torch and air tools. Better off buying an entire A-arm if possible.

Id just find a local parts store to buy from. Wont have to pay shipping and you can probably negotiate the price down. Moog has lifetime replacement warranty also. So buying local will make replacement procedures easier.
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:56 PM   #7
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I never had to do anything to my old 2wd front end other than standard moog parts to keep it driving well. Much less of a hassle to maintain those front ends vs the 4wd I have now.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:01 PM   #8
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Good info in this thread, I have a 97 2wd 3500 with 205k on it that has some clunks when going over bumps. Looking to possibly source eveyrthing from one place.
Also tossing around the idea of looking up all the part #'s on Rockauto and going to fleabay to order. Not impressed with RockAuto's shipping prices.
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