Replacement MOOG K6696 ball joint for Maxx travel upper control arm.
A Better Replacement for a Worn Ball Joint
Ball Joints are a wear and tear suspension component and while they can last a long time the ball joints on many high mileage vehicles will wear down and become loose which results in steering wander and uneven tire wear. In some cases this is unavoidable; the ball joints just have a rough job and their inner workings are ground down over time. But sometimes the original ball joint isn't manufactured with longevity in mind and some improvements to the design could be made that would improve the quality of the ride and the longevity of the part. Thats where Moog Problem Solver Ball Joints come in.
Benefits of a Moog Problem Solver
The engineers over at Moog take a look at some of the original ball joints that have problems that could be improved upon and they do just that - improve them. This can be as simple as adding the ability to better maintain the part with a greaseable design or more in-depth changes like replacing some plastic components with durable metal. What you end up with is a Moog Problem Solver that has been shown through testing to last up to 5X longer than other aftermarket replacement options.
- Greaseable Design (makes grease maintenance possible)
- Metal Gusher Bearing (rather than plastic)
- Integral Dust Boot (prevents tearing, tighter seal)
- Belleville Washer (prevents looseness over time)
- Specially Heat Treated Stud (less likely to break during an accident)
- Sold Separately from Control Arm Assembly
|MOOG K6696 maxx travel upper ball joint 2011-2024 GM HD trucks
Your factory length shocks can be reused with our stage 1 kit. The Bilsteins 5100 front shocks 24-253161 are a stock length and require a shock extension that is included with our kit. Bilstein does not offer a 2-3" longer shocks, so you must use the supplied shock extensions.
The FOX 2.0 part number 980-24-189 is an extended length and is designed to be used on 2-3" leveling kits. Another difference between the Bilstein and Fox is the manufacturer limited warranty. The Bilstein 5100 shocks are covered by Bilstein's limited lifetime warranty. The Fox has a 1-year limited warranty and can be rebuilt/serviced with new seals and oil.
The secondary Diff drop is optional and you can install our kit without it if you do not feel comfortable doing the modification. This is an additional diff spacer to lower the differential housing inside the cross-member. Giving you the maximum amount of diff drop for the best possible CV axle angle.
The factory Control Arms, with flat, single plane has several limitations. The factory geometry limits downward suspension travel at close to 2.5” of lift from stock. This is done to protect the shock absorbers and drive axles. Using our Stage 1 or stage 2 kit, we have already addressed these issues with extended the shock absorbers and lowering the front differential. The new MAXX travel A-arm is designed to have additional travel at your new lifted ride height. Working great for 2- 3” of lift over stock. With improved ball joint angle from the arced geometry, you will get thousands of miles of ball joint life from the addition of the MAXX travel upper control arms that we include in our stage 1 & 2 kits.
So many factors play a key role in choosing the right size tire. It really boils down to choosing the right wheel. If you choose the wrong wheel specs you will find very few tires may work with that combination. Stock wheels are normally 8" wide with a high positive +44 offset. If you are going to an aftermarket wheel we recommend a 9" wide wheel for the best fit and clearances with a positive +18 offset. With this combo or the factory wheel, you can clear up to a 35" x11.50" tire. Some customers have also had success with the 35" x 12.50" tire but I prefer the 11.50 option. Listed below are some great sizes.
295/65/20 = 35.1" X 11.6"
275/65/20= 34.1" X 10.8"
295/70/18=34.3" X 11.6
285/75/18= 34.8"X 11.2"
If you do choose to use a 10" or 12" wide wheel with Negative offset in combination with our stage 1 or 2 kits we strongly suggest you stick to a 33" diameter tire.
As far as labor to install this kit. 3.0 -5.0 hours for installation + alignment.
Our kits are 100% made in the USA and offer the highest quality components and craftsmanship. Each tubular A-arm is formed from 3/16" wall x 1-3/4" DOM tubing and tig welded for strength and durability. We use 3/4 ton Moog factory press in ball joints that are designed to clear the factory wheels with up to a 35" tire. We build our parts to the highest standard not down to a price. Yes, there are cheaper kits out there, but I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for and nothing is free.
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