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I need to replace the lower ball joints. The new joints have a 4 bolt design.

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Hi You have lower balljoints for a sierra 1500.If your truck has the press in type then you have a sierra 1500HD and the bolt on will not fit.Hope this helps,if you have any questions please comment back and I will help any way I can. Thank You for using fixya..... iluv2fish..... Ray.......

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Try to match up the ball joint holes to the existing holes.
2 out of 4 isn't bad.

Also, double check with the parts store that it's the right one.

Hope this helps.

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That 4 bolt design is for the upper ball joint, the lower ball joint in press in, that the wrong one you have.

Posted on Jul 05, 2010

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    Alexander Mimun Jul 05, 2010

    I'am sorry the top one is press on, the lower ball joint should have 4 hole design, and all 4 hole's should match up all, the lower ball joint more then likely has revits and will have to be grind off.

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