Originally Posted by KenLyns
^So really OEM followed by Raybestos Pro Grade or AC Delco Pro Grade. The Moog part uses the gusher bearing, which reduces the ball contact area and can lead to play if the preload spring fatigues. Raybestos Pro Grade or AC Delco Pro Grade are advertised with a solid ball.
That could very well be but from the outside the Moog and OEM are nearly identical, doesn't look to be room inside for springs etc. I would be the first to agree if I had seen one bit of historical evidence to support long term durability. Have you seen any? Are the mounting surfaces machined? It would be great to have an equal alternative to the OEM $$$.
Not all Moog applications have that feature and they outsource the Tacoma application from "555". None the less, some folks do report that the Moog/555 feels stiff and/or rough right out of the box, as if they were metal on metal construction.
The OEM joint aside from the recalled batch
, have a proven track record. They use a solid ball, PTFE liner, have the fully machined mounting surfaces and last a long time.
To be clear, I recommend nothing less than OEM.