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Unread 07-19-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Wj Best ball joints?

I leaning toward Moogs - RockAuto has em for cheaper than Moog's website. I know they cost a little more but at 120k, I'm figuring if I use the Moogs I'll never have to worry about ball joints again.

One issue - they have 2 sets for upper and lower - 2 sets are non-adjustable, the other 2 are adjustable for caster and chamber.

With a 4" lift, which set would be better?

http://www.moog-suspension-parts.com....asp?cat=10922

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Unread 07-19-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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typically, you cant go wrong with moog stuff. does your alignment support the need caster modified ball joints? At 4" of lift, might not be a bad idea to get you back to spec, or least closer. Factory Dana/Spicer is good stuff too.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 06:39 PM   #3
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I just put in the moogs but have only put about 5 miles on them so I can't comment on quality.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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I'm not speaking from firsthand experience, but I've seen a lot of reports of Moog parts that are actually TRW and other brands with Moog stickers stuck in Moog boxes. It's worth at least peeling up the sticker on the next Moog part you buy and seeing if there's anything else underneath it.

Personally, I've been running NAPA premium ball joints which have been going strong for at least 60 or 70k miles. NAPA premium was the ONLY brand I could find anywhere with adjustable uppers instead of only adjustable lowers. Depending on which way the camber needs to be adjusted, you may require those. My situation was that the top of the tires were leaning inwards. The lower adjustable ball joints would have brought the bottom of the tire into alignment with the top, but caused too little clearance between the knuckle and the axle. I had to find the adjustable uppers to push the top of the tires outwards into alignment with the lower fixed joints.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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I'm not speaking from firsthand experience, but I've seen a lot of reports of Moog parts that are actually TRW and other brands with Moog stickers stuck in Moog boxes. It's worth at least peeling up the sticker on the next Moog part you buy and seeing if there's anything else underneath it.

Personally, I've been running NAPA premium ball joints which have been going strong for at least 60 or 70k miles. NAPA premium was the ONLY brand I could find anywhere with adjustable uppers instead of only adjustable lowers. Depending on which way the camber needs to be adjusted, you may require those. My situation was that the top of the tires were leaning inwards. The lower adjustable ball joints would have brought the bottom of the tire into alignment with the top, but caused too little clearance between the knuckle and the axle. I had to find the adjustable uppers to push the top of the tires outwards into alignment with the lower fixed joints.
Youre right, no one make everything. They all source from each other to have a complete line and lots o' SKUs. Dana/Spicer parts for a Dana axle is a sure bet, Moog or TRW whichever you actually get will likely be okay.

The original Dana joints lasted how many miles? How much you gonna save? The install time is the same.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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I've installed Specialty Products over the years, they have solutions for most common suspension/alignment problems. Do you NEED adjustable ball joints?

http://www.spc-tv.com/

On page 54 of their online catalog, #23510 thru 23540 are for upper positions. You need to know your needs, they supply via undercar W/D's for professional shops.
http://spcalignment.com/specprod/digitalcatalog/#/54/

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