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Unread 04-10-2014, 08:00 AM   #1
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Raybestos Professional Series suspension?

I need to replace the lower control arms on my Jeep. The MOPAR control arms are $350 (each), and the Raybestos Professional Series are $120 (each).

MOPAR=12/12 warranty if done at the dealer.
Raybestos=24/24 warranty if done anywhere "professionally".

The factory Mopar's took a dump on me at 4 years/70K miles (likely were going out far sooner).

Does NOT make me want to pony up the cash for the OEM.

The rear bushings failed. Rotted and cracked and so soft that the shock is hitting the axle due to the LCA shifting so much on braking/corners.

So...anyone use Raybestos Professional series suspension parts (especially their complete LCA's w/ball joint)? Rock Auto says they have sold 87 since 1/2012, with 0 returns (warranty is for parts AND labor, so if one went south, I figure someone WOULD return it!).

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Unread 04-10-2014, 08:16 AM   #2
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I have the Raybestos and they are more than satisfactory. No figment issues, and I've put 6k miles on them so far and they're great. Buy them.
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Unread 04-10-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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I have the Raybestos and they are more than satisfactory. No figment issues, and I've put 6k miles on them so far and they're great. Buy them.
Great!

How do they look and feel compared to MOPAR? Could you pick one out laying on a table next to the MOPAR? Feel any firmer/softer driving?
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Unread 04-10-2014, 05:34 PM   #4
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I can't really comment on feel since they went on with my lift, but they do look really nice and factory!
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I can't really comment on feel since they went on with my lift, but they do look really nice and factory!
What was wrong with your oem lcas?
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most the time i would say go moog if possible, but raybestos is a close runner up to them when it comes to OEM replacement parts.

are you LCAs that bad? i figured a set of springs/isolators and new shocks would solve that suspension issue of yours. usually the LCAs are good for a couple hundred thousand if not wheeled, etc.
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most the time i would say go moog if possible, but raybestos is a close runner up to them when it comes to OEM replacement parts.

are you LCAs that bad? i figured a set of springs/isolators and new shocks would solve that suspension issue of yours. usually the LCAs are good for a couple hundred thousand if not wheeled, etc.
My axles keep hitting the shocks. The lca bushings are so rotten that the lca is shifting when I hit a bump or the transmission shifts hard or I corner or a combo of the 3. I have new isolators and bilsteins already. Bushings are rotten to hell on the rear of the lca.
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My LCA's were extremely rusted and figured I'd replace everything at once.
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Unread 04-11-2014, 10:52 AM   #9
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If you were feeling really adventurous you could just replace the bushings on your control arms for a lot less than $120 each. You can find them through rock auto and they are the RAYBESTOS Professional grade. To address the rust your having on the control on themselves once you remove them and clean them up you can repaint them with a special paint made by a company called POR 15, it's the best product I've ever used to stop rust.

http://www.por15.com/

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If you were feeling really adventurous you could just replace the bushings on your control arms for a lot less than $120 each. You can find them through rock auto and they are the RAYBESTOS Professional grade. To address the rust your having on the control on themselves once you remove them and clean them up you can repaint them with a special paint made by a company called POR 15, it's the best product I've ever used to stop rust.

http://www.por15.com/

No rust. The factory bushings are just trash. I already ordered the complete arms because they come with ball joints and are bolt in. Why not do it all? Was my thought.
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