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Unread 07-06-2011, 12:19 PM   #1
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Ball Joints

I have heard nothing but good reviews about the poly performance ball joints. So back in April I ordered a set from Quadratec. To make a long boring story short.....they are still on back order!! That is after they were promised by the 2nd to 3rd week of June, and then beginning of July. Now it is several more weeks. Anyway I can not wait any longer I need to get a set now. I am heading to the Adirondaks in a week and I still need to install a new set of tie rods, ball joints, steering stabilizer, and get it aligned before I go.

So here is my question.... Does anybody have suggestions on another make of ball joints? I have an 05 TJ with 33x12.5 tires and a 4" suspension lift.

Thanks!!

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Unread 07-06-2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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XRF ball joints. They are heavy duty. Had them on my TJ for about 6 months now running 35s with no problems.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 12:43 PM   #3
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I went with Spicer.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 12:45 PM   #4
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Unread 07-06-2011, 06:03 PM   #5
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Looked for the XRF ball joints and all I can find are the lowers. Then I look for the spicer ball joints and they are around $20 a piece, which seems to be too cheap. Thinking I just may go with the Moogs.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 06:19 PM   #6
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Moog has gotten worse as of late. Spicer is what the Jeep came with so why not stick with what is tried and true? As long as you keep them lubed, it is not uncommon to get get 100K out of a set of Spicers even with larger tires.

I just went through the same thing and did a lot of searching which is how I came to this conclusion. People were replacing Moogs at 20K and sometimes less. I went with the Spicers
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Unread 07-06-2011, 06:21 PM   #7
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The spicer BJ are alot better than moog's. Moog i had nothing but trouble with and would go bad around 10k miles. Even though they have a lifetime, IMO its not worth it to change them yearly.
Try tire club, They also have a ebay store as well for the XRF's, FA 1632/1633 or complete off road has dana spicer joints at a decent price. Good luck either way
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Unread 07-06-2011, 06:33 PM   #8
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I've tried MOOG and Spicer. My vote is Spicer.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 06:48 PM   #9
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I had originally bought the Moogs and returned them after I read about all the trouble people were having with them. Bought the XRFs (which were a lot less expensive than the Moogs) and they are significantly more heavy duty. Haven't seen the Spicers but I would go with them or XRF over Moog based on most of the posts I have read. I think Moog changed their manufacturing location for their ball joints or something.
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XRF ball joints. They are heavy duty. Had them on my TJ for about 6 months now running 35s with no problems.
How many miles in 6 months?

Unless you're putting over 80,000 miles on the XRF's on 35's, they aren't exactly what I would consider heavy duty. In fact if you call XRF and ask them, they will tell you to expect about 35-40,000 on 35's.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 08:04 PM   #11
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How many miles in 6 months?

Unless you're putting over 80,000 miles on the XRF's on 35's, they aren't exactly what I would consider heavy duty. In fact if you call XRF and ask them, they will tell you to expect about 35-40,000 on 35's.
Is that a recommendation, or a criticism? (Serious question.)
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Is that a recommendation, or a criticism? (Serious question.)
Neither. I'm one of the folks who replaced 2 full sets of Moog Problem Solvers on a buddy's rig in less than 10,000 miles and eventually returned them for a full refund.

Then I replaced them with the XRF's before someone on here called them up and found out they only will estimate the mileage I stated above.

Shortly thereafter, I replaced some Spicer's in another rig that had 80,000+ miles on them the whole time on 35's. I replaced one side with a set of XRF's.

I don't recommend for or against them until we get enough miles on them to actually know something.

At this point I only know I won't ever use Moog again.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 10:15 PM   #13
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So spicer is the best?
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I installed NAPA Premium Lifetime ball joints on mine. they're made by Dana/Spicer and carry a lifetime warranty through NAPA. Somewhere over 10k miles on them w/ 33s and still going strong.
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33s? Just use Spicer's. They're generally the cheapest, too, around $50 a side.
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