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Old 12-04-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Howdy all. Well, I need new tie rod outer ends. Does anyone know if Moog parts are decent (fit and wear properly), of should I go OEM (cha-ching!)?

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Never had a problem with a Moog suspension part, but it has been a few years since I bought one.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:33 AM   #3
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Moog is generally of high quality.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #4
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Howdy all. Well, I need new tie rod outer ends. Does anyone know if Moog parts are decent (fit and wear properly), of should I go OEM (cha-ching!)?

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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Never had a problem with a Moog suspension part, but it has been a few years since I bought one.
... and that's a good thing! If you were buying the same Moog suspension part year after year, I suspect you'd stop buying them the second or third time around.

My Moog outer tie rod ends and sway bar end links looked decently made and have lasted a few years (replaced both in 2009?) so far.

The OEM outer tie rod ends were sealed and permanently lubed, while the Moog ends had Zerk grease fittings.

Might be worth pricing out at a few places... Advance Auto has a deal where you can order online, apply a coupon code, then pick up in-store so that you don't have to wait or pay for shipping. http://www.retailmenot.com/view/advanceautoparts.com usually has a coupon code good for somewhere between 20~40% off

edit: looks like Moog at Advance are $57 each, $114 for both sides. $40 off coupon on orders more than $110 puts you at $74 plus tax for both sides

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:28 AM   #6
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... and that's a good thing! If you were buying the same Moog suspension part year after year, I suspect you'd stop buying them the second or third time around.
My point was that having no very recent experience, in this age of outsourcing manufacturing to questionable nations, the quality of any company's products can drop like a rock. Glad to hear from you and others that Moog still produces well made parts that fit and last - that has always been my experience.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:34 AM   #7
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I don't know if the eBay seller USAutoParts has Moog parts but I won't be buying their cheap parts again. Pretty sure one ball joint is already dead after 4-5 days (might be blamed on me overfilling the uber-sealed boot with grease...but still) and when they had to send me 2 packages they gave me some random guy's tracking number so while waiting an extra 2 days for my box I was thinking it went to the wrong side of the country >.<

Moog is one of those brands where, unless somethings changed in the last year, you don't have to worry about quality. Friday I'll be buying new LCA's and probably TRE's from Moog.

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Old 12-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #8
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My experiences with Moog have been very good. I'll buy their suspension parts pretty much whenever I can get them.

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #9
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Chalk up another Moog/Federal Mogul vote for me.. got two wheel bearings from them. Now if only they made Quickie-Struts...

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #10
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Ok, I've gone ahead and ordered.

Thanks for all the help!

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:56 PM   #11
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moog used to be good but not any more better off with delco....jmo

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Old 12-06-2012, 01:43 AM   #12
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moog used to be good but not any more better off with delco....jmo
Hmm, my perception is rather the other way around. In many cases these days, Delco=Lowest Bid. They don`t really make that much of their own stuff anymore so much as simply ordering Delco badges stuff from the same moutsoercers that supply various aftermaket or store brand lables.

If there are exceptions, they would almost certainly not be made for a long-dead models of a discontinued division?

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Old 12-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #13
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In many cases these days, Delco=Lowest Bid.
Unfortunately so. Not too long ago I replaced the water pump on the SC2. The GMB "lifetime" pump I had put on it a few years ago must have been based on someone else's lifetime. So I figured I'd pop for an OEM one. From Rock Auto I bought a Delco pump labeled their site as OEM fitment, and even it came in a nice blue and white Delco official looking box.

Made in China. As was the GMB......

I put it on anyway so I could get the car back on the road, but needless to say I was rather disappointed.

I went to high school with a guy who later graduated from General Motors Institute and became a mechanical engineer at GM. He was later shunted off to Delphi, and eventually lost his job and pension when they off-shored essentially everything a few years back and went the bankruptcy route. I also know someone who was a metallurgist for them and the very same thing happened to him.

Moog still makes good stuff IMHO. Their "problem solver" line of parts lives up to its name. I'd buy Moog over Delco any day. Too bad they don't make water pumps......

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