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How do you know if the ball joints are bad? Got some wandering and roughness/chatter coming from the right front wheel.
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how are your tires? also you can jack it up and grab the top of the tire while looking at your ball joints and try to move them. if you see alot of play there shot.
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Jack up a tire, shake the **** out of the tire. If it wobbles around or makes clunking noises, they're done or about to be. Check it now! If they blow up while you're driving, your wheel will come off and your bank account might go into the negative, if you survive the wreck. How many miles do you have on the truck?

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Not the ball joints. Jacked up the truck and shook the wheel...nothing. Gonna switch the front tires and see if it helps. Could it be a tire rod issue? 47000 miles on the truck.
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My tie rods are good at 57,800 miles, but every truck is different. Do you have any play in your steering wheel? Does it shake at some speeds more than others? It could be as simple as a tire balancing issue. Some tire weights might have fallen off.

Edit: I wish I had a video of me driving after getting stuck in South Texas. I had so much mud in the wheels, it felt like I was driving with tires that were squares.

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Looks like a tire issue...these BFGs are not holding up well. Switched the tires and all the problems with the right side went to the left. Already had to replace one. Glad I have a warranty on them.
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What BFG's are they? The new KM2's?

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285/65 R20 ATs. 3 of them have 25000 miles and the other one has 7000. Just drove from Ft. Worth to Gulf Shores and they rode like crap. Feels like the sidewalls are shot and it can't hold the weight of the truck. I wanna go with either a Kumho Road Venture or a Toyo AT but I don't wanna deal with the same problem in another 25000 miles. Don't really know what tire to go with.
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Well, with that size, the sidewalls aren't that big, much less on bumps. The more rubber between the road and the rim will absorb more bumps and ride smoother. Another reason I like bigger tires smaller rims. From that info, I'd bet the one with the 7000 miles on it was the one rattling you around. It's uneven from the other three. Were they new when you bought them or used?

I've always picked BFG #1 and Nitto #2 for all terrains from personal experience. If rotated every 3-4k, they'll last 65,000 miles.

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The tire with 7000 miles was the only one that wasn't rattling. When I switched that one to the right front, it started to drive somewhat straight. I've got an Icon 2.5 with OUO four link and OUO traction blocks and bars. Tires were brand new when I bought them.
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