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Old 09-10-2007, 02:42 PM   #1
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Ball Joints - Which Brand is the best for the money???

Wow what a difference in prices.
Autozone sells Duralast (LifeTime Warranty)
Advance Auto sells TRW (Lifetime Warranty)
Checker Sells McCoy Norris (Lifetime Warranty)
All of them are pretty comparable in prices
But when I check for MOOG and CTR the prices are about double.
WHY????
Am I paying for the name is there some genuine differences that justify the price difference? Will I ever notice the difference?? One of the clerks at Advance Auto said their TRW balls are solid metal and the other brand that they sell are hollow. Of the Duralast, TRW and McCoy, any preferences or experiences that will help me choose?

MY APOLOGIES, I DIDN'T SEE THE RESPONSES TO MY PREVIOUS POST ON DURALAST BALL JOINTS. But if you have additional information, I would sure enjoy reading them.

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Old 09-11-2007, 10:09 AM   #2
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Re: Ball Joints - Which Brand is the best for the money???

How long do you want them to last ? You get what you pay for. I have had to replace some of the cheeper ball joints even if they did come with a lifetime guarentee. I have never replaced a MOOG or TRW after putting them in.
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:39 PM   #3
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How long do you want them to last ? You get what you pay for. I have had to replace some of the cheeper ball joints even if they did come with a lifetime guarentee. I have never replaced a MOOG or TRW after putting them in.
Plus MOOG also covers the labor of having them replaced if they're done at a shop. That says a lot for the quality. I'll never use anything other than MOOG after a cheaper set falling apart in 5000 miles.
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I have had good luck with Moog except for large rear drive chevy's. I would press the old joint out and I could put the Moog in by hand. I got tired of calling and went to the parts store and none of them fit. I bought a replacement from Napa. Moog's factory rep stopped in the shop but never corredcted the problem. I'm talking 1979 Impala's.
I've had good luck with Trw but have never used the other brands.
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I read somewhere about TRW being the same as Moog. The part numbers were the same or something.
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Old 09-13-2007, 12:49 PM   #6
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The Moog is the best,stay away from cheap ones.Here is one way to tell,if it is a blue boot,cheap and a black boot,the best one such as a Moog.Her is AutoZone's and Advanced's lifetime warranty: One time use only and you are done.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:34 PM   #7
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MY APOLOGIES, I DIDN'T SEE THE RESPONSES TO MY PREVIOUS POST ON DURALAST BALL JOINTS. But if you have additional information, I would sure enjoy reading them.
i'm closing your original thread since there is no point in having 2 threads going about the same topic.

i'll be needing to replace mine soon too, probably the uppers.
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:29 PM   #8
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Re: Ball Joints - Which Brand is the best for the money???

The job is done. HOORAY, thanks to this site for some great technical "how To" with pictures. I ended up buying the ball joints at Advance Auto. They were the TRW's and from what somebody said, they are made by MOOG. Don't know if that is true or not. Job wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Replacing both upper and lower, both sides and the idler arm took me 4.5 hours.
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Good to hear. Here is where I heard about the TRW parts.
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Go for the Moog they have a hight quality bushing and a good price for a high performance part
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Old 10-11-2007, 04:55 PM   #11
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Re: Ball Joints - Which Brand is the best for the money???

Agreed, Moog is top of the line. Moog and TRW are both owned by Federal-Mogul Corporation, Southfield, Michigan. Not the same parts, but same parent company.
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autozone suspension parts are junk. moog is good. xrf is the best if you can find them. as far as using moog numbers, moog has been so widely use that it has beome a standardized part numbering system for many companies. trw are not the same. moog is owned by federated auto parts. trw are ok. the simple fact is no matter which brand you use, you can expect to change s series ball joints relatively frequently. i make alot of money in the garage i work at changing them. moog does stand behind their product. they are easy to find. last as long as youre gonna find. the only reasson id suggest xrf is that the guy who started taht company was basicly the head of moog parts. he thought he could build the smae or better quality parts at a better price. so in a sense, yer gettin the same quality or better at a lower price. and to be honest, i usually changed out moog ball joints on the s-series about every 20-30k miles. ive seen 30-40k out of the xrf.
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Re: Ball Joints - Which Brand is the best for the money???

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Agreed, Moog is top of the line. Moog and TRW are both owned by Federal-Mogul Corporation, Southfield, Michigan. Not the same parts, but same parent company.
not the same
http://www.federal-mogul.com/en/BrandSelector
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Re: Ball Joints - Which Brand is the best for the money???

This article published August 25, 1992 tells of the aquisition:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...5BC0A964958260

This article shows the Federal-Mogul corporate time line:
http://www.answers.com/topic/federal...rp?cat=biz-fin

Not the same parts, but same parent company, for a little over 15 years.

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Old 01-26-2008, 07:22 AM   #15
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Re: Ball Joints - Which Brand is the best for the money???

Using oversize tires,lift kits and mud running is the cause of a lot of 4WD S-10 ball joint problems. My son used to get towed home after hitting a stump or rock buried in the mud running trails along power lines. The upper ball joint would pull out of the socket. I think they were designed this way as if it didn't come apart it would require more expensive parts. He worked and bought his own parts and helped doing repairs.
He bought a used GMC 3/4 ton with a bad spindle caused by a bad bearing.
I replaced spindle,rotors,calipers,ball joints,anti lock parts. I used TRW ball joints. A wheel alignment was done. He used it for a termite business and got over 100,000 on these ball joints.
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