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eBay ball joint kits

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by dayron44, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Jul 28, 2017 at 9:28 AM
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    dayron44

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    OEM lower ball joints are the only way to go. Just Google ball joint failure Tacoma and see what happens with eBay ball joints after a few miles
     
  3. Jul 28, 2017 at 9:38 AM
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    I'm certainly not one of the "Factory OEM or nothing" nazis but I'd be weary of buying a kit like that that costs as much as a single ball joint from a reputable company. MOOGs are perfectly fine, I've been running them on my truck for more than 6 years. Lot of people have. I don't believe that factory is the ONLY option, but I do have standards, and paying $80 (less than the cost of a factory BJ) for 4 ball joints and 4 inner/outer tie rod ends is pretty far below that standard.

    Is there any particular reason you're looking to replace ALL that stuff? It's probably not necessary, especially when on a budget. Just get under there and look for signs of wear or slop and only replace those parts.

    I've got a set of 555 lower ball joints coming from Low Range Off-road that cost $60 each, and outer tie rod ends that were $25 a piece. MOOGs are a little cheaper and, really, are just fine.
     
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    I'm not an OEM or nothing guy either, but you realllly shouldn't skimp on lower ball joints. Moog should be fine, but OEMs aren't that much more from an online retailer.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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    The look on his face is priceless. I think he's contemplating how much he just spent on ball joints...

    :)
     
  7. Jul 28, 2017 at 10:56 AM
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    Moog versus OEM debate aside, I think we can all agree that going with a cheap eBay no-name brand for LBJ's is a big, resounding NO NO
     
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    At that price, they look like cheap imported (from a big asian country) junk. Knowing the design issues with our tacoma LBJs, why would you put your trust in something like that?

    I'm running Moog inner/outer TREs, but will probably go OEM for the LBJs. Consider the durability and longevity of OEMs, or to a lessor degree, Three Five (555), over those.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2017 at 10:59 AM
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    Certainly.

    We all have our price points, and we all have our own risk analysis we need to do based at least partly on how much money we have to spend.

    If you're really cash strapped, don't get a whole kit, only replace the parts that NEED replacing, and spend a bit more for a reputable brand but only for the parts that are genuinely worn out.
     
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  10. Jul 28, 2017 at 12:27 PM
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    Nah just curios that's all. Didn't seem like a smart choice but you never know maybe it's worked for someone. Thanks guys! Ps new here and tacos.
     
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    Now that's scary, considering I'm running those TREs.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2017 at 5:23 PM
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    Never even googled it. I mean I've bought some eBay stuff but never anything this critical. Like I was was more curious than anything
     
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    OME and worth every penny.
    Those Detroits are the worst of the worst. Total junk.
     

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