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Old 01-12-2020, 02:06 PM   #1
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97 K1500 front end rebuild

Are there any kits out there to do the front end on my 97 or do I need to buy everything piecemeal on RockAuto? The truck has 140,000 on it since new and nothing has ever been replaced except for the sway bar end links.

Also what else do I need?
Ball joints
tie rod ends
upper control arms

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Old 01-13-2020, 02:44 AM   #2
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Re: 97 K1500 front end rebuild

Plenty of kits depending on exactly what you want to replace. Google 1988-1998 K1500 Suspension Kits. I bought the 14 pc set off eBay and install went smooth. Now the truck rides smooth too
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Re: 97 K1500 front end rebuild

There's no need to replace the control arms unless they are bent/rusted. You can replace the ball joint in it. If the bushings are worn, you can replace the bushings.

Do a pitman arm and idler arm too.
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Old 01-13-2020, 01:06 PM   #4
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Re: 97 K1500 front end rebuild

Well, I don't know what is wrong with yours but I just tend to replace only what is worn out.

But if you're going to do everything then you might as well replace the CV axles because they are hard to get out unless everything is apart. The good part is that the replacement axles that I bought (O'Reillys) had shaved off flat spots on the inner flange so that they easily slipped in between the LCA and the output flange. I finally got the (original?) ones out using a six foot pry bar, but if I had known the trouble it would be I would have borrowed a torch and just cut the axles in half to get them out.

And if you're that deep then you might want replace the sealed bearing hubs while everything is apart.
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Old 01-13-2020, 02:03 PM   #5
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Re: 97 K1500 front end rebuild

I would go for AC Delco Professional series or Moog Problem Solver. Do not use AC Delco Advantage or Moog R-Series. These are their cheap brands, and do not have the same quality. There are some pitman arms out there that will have your steering wheel turned 90* to the right because the key in the splines is off.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:06 PM   #6
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Re: 97 K1500 front end rebuild

Sorry for the late reply but thanks for all the responses guys.

I figured that if I'm going to do one part (lower ball joint) I might as well do them all and give it it's first alignment since leaving the factory almost 23 years ago.

In the past I've always used Moog parts although I've had trouble with their front axle hubs in the past. The Ebay parts (thanks for the recommendation evrlet) look like a good deal but I'll have to do some more research on part longevity.

Thanks again

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Old 01-18-2020, 11:34 PM   #7
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No alignment since new?

Punch out the knock outs and save a lot of money when you get it aligned since it's never been done. You'll see them when you pull the top control arms off.
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