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Ineed to know if my truck has 2ball joints on the left and right of the front end and if it has 2sway barlinks onthe front end left and right

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Yes it does, 2 LOWER and 2 UPPER.BALL JOINTS and 2 sway bar links. all are common to be bad. You will also need a wheel alignment

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