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post #1 of 3 Old 03-27-2017, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Binding and squeaking in front end after lowering spindles

A little over a year ago I dropped my 94 Dakota extended cab 5.2L 2" in front and 3" in the rear (drop spindles in the front, tapered drop blocks in the rear). Ever since the front squeaks when turning and when hitting bumps and it's a little wandery when driving. When I did the drop I also did the ball joints, upper a-arm bushings, ps pump and rack (rack had a leak which caused the pump to run dry and die), tie rod ends, and stab links. The squeaking I assumed would go away after a while of driving it, but I'm wondering if the ball joints are the culprit and I need different ones. As for the binding/wandering steering I am wondering if it's because the lowering spindles compressed the springs and they're putting more pressure on the ball joints. Just wondering if anyone can confirm my thoughts or give me another solution. I'm seriously about to pick up stock spindles and put the v6 springs on her to keep some lowering, but regain factory driving characteristics.
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-23-2017, 02:39 AM
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If you tightened the ball joints and control arms without the vehicle weight on them first, that might be the root cause.
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