Originally Posted by dawgfan77
My opinion is that moog's quality has gone downhill the last few years, and I stopped using their stuff. I've had custom parts built using pieces from ballistic fab and I will never buy from them again. Their expected lead time for a couple of heims and large bushing ends were WAY off and I waited for months. Two of their grease zerk holes were destroyed as they tapped them wrong and somehow buggered them up. Once I finally got them to respond they said "well we can make a couple of new ones and send them out". Sure if I wanted to wait a few more months....
My point being, some of the custom stuff really sucks when you need parts of service and you can't get them. Having multiple different rod ends and tapers up front really makes a mess when you're stranded somewhere and need parts. On the other end, I have a couple friends who have older trucks with custom steering and the original builders couldn't remember what the rod ends came from, didnt remember the taper or anything. So they had to take the parts off the daily driver and measure threads, taper, length etc and try to find replacement parts all by measurement. It sucks to be put in that situation.
I'm all for making custom parts, I just wouldn't go drilling out the knuckles or pitman arm with a different taper, that would be my main objection personally. Give yourself the option of finding spares when you're out. Even if you destroyed your custom drag link, you can always find a cheap used jk drag link on nearly every Craigslist.