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Coast2Coast
05-02-2015, 06:47 PM
Bout to replace the suspension, coming up on 300k on 2006 Sprinter 2500.

I have four new struts/shocks and planning to get the upper and lower strut mount/bearings.

Is there anything else that might be worth replacing before redoing the alignment? :hmmm:

NelsonSprinter
05-05-2015, 09:28 PM
Stearing Tie-Rod ends and bushings

Coast2Coast
05-08-2015, 09:57 PM
Sway bar bushing and control arm bushings seem to bring the suspension back to life from what I've heard. Control arm bushings aren't a easy job. :bow:

312d
05-10-2015, 06:02 AM
leaf spring end bushing and or middle spacers

Coast2Coast
05-12-2015, 05:37 PM
leaf spring end bushing and or middle spacers


Which part are you referencing, can you provide a part #.

312d
05-13-2015, 06:21 AM
i cant, i have double steel leaf springs, you should have one composite leaf spring, the part is almost the same but yours only accept one leaf, therefore the part number is another tan mine.

Coast2Coast
05-13-2015, 03:45 PM
Gotcha, looks like Roc Auto sells them. here is the part number. Never heard of anyone replacing those but I'm sure its been done. Seems labor intensive to r & r.

Rear Axle, Upper, Left and right
Rear; Leaf Spring Shackle Bushing# 5118731AA, 9013240050

Coast2Coast
05-28-2015, 05:19 AM
A guy with 6 sprinters told me today in Chicago at a Sprinter shop that his front wheel bearings went around 300k. He currently is around 430k. I've seen them go out in the past and make the van inoperable.

312d
05-28-2015, 06:47 AM
I was talking about the spring seat, number 18 in the figure, but it has variants, so be aware.
http://www.mopardealerparts.com/showAssembly.aspx?ukey_product=42237824&ukey_assembly=5549484

Coast2Coast
06-06-2015, 03:28 PM
Anyone know the life expectancy of the ball joints? I've heard from some that they last forever or very long time! :smilewink:

Also on the tie rods is it better to get the assembly or can I just get the tie rod end? :thinking: I noticed the assemblies are more commonly available.

312d
06-07-2015, 12:46 AM
100k miles in my opinión, if you load it, then half

crazyswede
06-08-2015, 01:10 PM
the next question: Is there a trick for verifying good vs bad ball joint? On some cars you can unweight the wheel and use a prybar to check for movement.

scottw
06-09-2015, 01:08 AM
We find ball joints to be a common wear item on those, I would look closer. Lift the van under the lower control arm (close to the wheel as you can) and use a large pry bar to lift up on the tire. I bet they move up and down a bunch.

crazyswede
06-09-2015, 01:06 PM
do you pull the arm off the subframe and press the BJ out?

Coast2Coast
06-12-2015, 01:07 PM
So ball joints should be replaced or ignored at 300k when replacing the front struts? Seems to be a good time to replace them. What brand is solid? Anyone tried the Meyle HD?

crazyswede
06-12-2015, 04:39 PM
So ball joints should be replaced or ignored at 300k when replacing the front struts? Seems to be a good time to replace them. What brand is solid? Anyone tried the Meyle HD?

http://europarts-sd.com/item.asp?cID=107&PID=2035

312d
06-12-2015, 05:35 PM
TRW, German if you can get them. By the way still is the same part as 901 chassis

Coast2Coast
06-13-2015, 09:47 PM
Just got them at MB dealer for $25 each. ZF just bought out Trw last I heard a couple weeks ago from the source in Gainsville GA.