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This is open to anyone who finds an alternate (un green)
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I just bought 2 upper ball joints and the corresponding lock nut and spring clip for my 853(r) from JD. $163 before tax.
Here's a Amazon link where a single b/j WITH the hardware is $19.00
Note-the expensive JD parts are clearly marked on the box "made in China"
Please contribute if you have found similar substitutes.
 

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I looked at the Caltric ball joints as an option to the pricey JD ball joints. I decided against after I read in their description the buyer had to verify fitment. I decided to buy JD parts. I kept the old JD parts so I could compare measurements to the Caltric. I'll post the results.
 

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I'm confused.
You've installed new OEM Deere parts, but still have the Caltric parts coming on order, basically to compare and verify the fit?
 

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All of the dimensions match except the total height. Both Caltric offerings are 2mm shorter. I do not believe this will be an issue, there won't be many threads past the lock nut. The price to replace upper and lower on both sides with lock nuts and snap rings makes these worth considering.
 
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