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Old 08-23-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Moog Control Arms Vs. OEM

Looking to purchase some new control arms. I can get both sides Moog brand control arms for $236, OEM is nearly triple the price. I've heard that the Moog is USA made by Federal Mogul. They come with new ball joints and control arm bushings. I'm going to also be installing new Bilstein Struts.

Any thoughts or anyone who has purchased?
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: Moog Control Arms Vs. OEM

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A tip: Verify the proper alignment of the ball joint to the spring pocket before installing any aftermarket, or even OEM part complete A-arm.

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I have not installed those specifically. I have installed many Moog and Federal Mogul parts with great success. Given the price difference, and assuming no negative comments arise based upon actual experience, I know which way that I'd go.

If you go with them, please provide part numbers and any tips after actual installation.

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I went out and inspected the 2004 and 2006 A arms. Both have the same A arms as Max's Euro model pictures. They are not forged. They are heavy shaped steel. The ball joint is definitely offset.

001bAarmsMoog01wNotes02.jpg

I would not install an A arm with the inline ball joint on my truck. I'll replace the ball joints and bushings if I can't find a replacement A arm with offset ball joint.

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why are you trying to replace a control arm, its just a peace of steel nothing to fail, only if you got in a accident. i used moog branded parts many times on "big three" pickup trucks, from my experience life span of moog parts is shorter then any OEM brands.
you can always get a used control arm get a new oem ball joint and be over, it will be much cheaper.
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why are you trying to replace a control arm, its just a peace of steel nothing to fail, only if you got in a accident. i used moog branded parts many times on "big three" pickup trucks, from my experience life span of moog parts is shorter then any OEM brands.
you can always get a used control arm get a new oem ball joint and be over, it will be much cheaper.

Doctor A is mentioning that labor is pain to replace ball joints. With the new Control Arm you get new control arm bushings and a new ball joint already pressed in. Too bad TRW doesn't make control arms. I don't have the ball joint tool either. Trying to avoid chaos during the install.

Any shops that will press in new ball joints and control arm bushing for the people that want to DIY.

Anyone heard of Mevotech control arms? The Moogs seem to be sold out. I'm going for the smoothest ride I can get. Thinking of going the replacement route of new control arms bushings and ball joints, can't wait 3 week for moog to restock. Probably just get the ball joints from Mercedes.


http://www.new-part.com/product/dodg...fGMaAsne8P8HAQ

http://europarts-sd.com/item.asp?PID=2447

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Old 08-25-2015, 05:37 AM   #5
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All these control arms and we can't get any of them in the USA!

http://www.yoyopart.com/oem/3592853/...160500056.html
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Doctor A is mentioning that labor is pain to replace ball joints. With the new Control Arm you get new control arm bushings and a new ball joint already pressed in. Too bad TRW doesn't make control arms. I don't have the ball joint tool either. Trying to avoid chaos during the install.

Any shops that will press in new ball joints and control arm bushing for the people that want to DIY.

Anyone heard of Mevotech control arms? The Moogs seem to be sold out. I'm going for the smoothest ride I can get. Thinking of going the replacement route of new control arms bushings and ball joints, can't wait 3 week for moog to restock. Probably just get the ball joints from Mercedes.


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http://europarts-sd.com/item.asp?PID=2447
I hear you about not having the correct tools. By the time you buy the separate parts and mess around with either DIY methods or taking the A arms to the proper tooling, complete assemblies look pretty good.

Are your ball joints that bad that you can't wait for the parts to restock? In normal highway service ball joints need to be pretty bad before they fail catastrophically.

The strut replacement isn't a bad job. Doing that first before the A arm replacement isn't a big project.

Do you know if the Moog units are greaseable? edit: Ans. Some are, some aren't.

Some Moog information is here.

MOOG CONTROL ARMS: CK, K, OR RK?
http://www.moog-suspension-parts.com/moog-rk620752

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Old 08-25-2015, 08:22 PM   #7
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Thinking of going the rebuilt control arm route. I bought a set of Lemforder bushings years ago that I still have but can't seem to find many vendors that sell them.

Brand:MERCEDES-BENZ
Part Number(s):901 333 02 14
ProductName:Control Arm Bushing

Cross Interchange Parts
Factory Number
FEBI BILSTEIN 22657
SWAG 10 92 2657
MEYLE 034 033 0004
CORTECO 21653119
LEMFORDER 24636 02
TRUCKTEC AUTOMOTIVE 02.31.030
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:24 PM   #8
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Spoke with this vendor today and he said he would go $200 shipped on a set of these control arms. Made in Turkey, most likely in the same factory that Meyle, Rein and other German brands use.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281746845025...xe=exe,ext=ext

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Old 08-28-2015, 03:59 AM   #9
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After doing some research this is the company producing the Meyle and Rein parts (tie rods and ball joints) in Turkey. Quality control seems to be rather high.

http://www.torsotomotiv.com/

And some more info on Automotive Manufacturing in Turkey.

http://www.invest.gov.tr/en-US/infoc...E.INDUSTRY.pdf

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can anyone provide any info if the moog control arms will fit the same as OEM? or are there known issues with the MOOG control arms? i need to replace the worn out ball joints on both sides and would rather replace the arms and all bushings to prevent any other issues. Am planning an entire front end rebuild on my 2005 118" with 260K miles and would like to use the MOOG front end kit as well as replace the struts and wheel bearings.
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