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Is moog lower control arms the best way to go

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Glamis, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. Aug 15, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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    Glamis

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    Moog is not even as good as they used too be,after they sold out.
     
  3. Aug 15, 2018 at 9:36 AM
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    I need to buy these same parts too. I don't have a 2nd gen but for the 1st gen, Rock Auto lists Moog LCAs as the economy line. I decided to go with Mevotech LCAs & Moog TREs since Moog TREs are geasable. That is unless anyone tells me otherwise about Mevotech.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2018 at 9:42 AM
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    i used Moog on my FJC lower ball joints. I pressed the oem ones out, installed the Moogs. i like they have a zerk fitting for maintenance. and a low profile grease boot rather than the oem fat one that is susceptible to getting poked/tearing. So far im pleased with them. should be identical for second gen tacos.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2018 at 9:48 AM
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    Lower ball joints are a different story. The argument is that factory Toyota lower ball joints use a liner for the ball that none of the after market ones use & therefore doesn't require periodical lubing. The Moogs don't have this type of lining & are not even machined well inside so they require the constant lubing.

    I had no idea when I replaced my LBJs, I went with Moogs cause I thought the greasable feature was a plus. Had them for years now & they're still doing fine but I'll go back to the OEM on the next set. If the truck never sees offroad & is stock height, it may not matter much.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2018 at 9:52 AM
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    interesting.
     
  7. Aug 15, 2018 at 9:55 AM
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    im looking to get 3 more years out of the truck as of now. mostly a street truck and some light towing 3,500 trailer.
     
  8. Aug 15, 2018 at 11:18 AM
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    I work in the aftermaket repair industry. Moog has an economy line that is Chinese junk and their better line. That being said I have been having really good luck with the mevotech heavy duty line.
     
  9. Aug 15, 2018 at 11:29 AM
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    I had the alignment bolt freeze up issue on stock lower arms.
    To make my life easy I went with Moog lowers. I off road frequently and over 2 years have had no issues with the Moogs.
    I also installed with the Moog grease-able alignment bolts. So far so good, no re-freeze up there and no issues.
     
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    Moog will be fine for this
     
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    I would steer clear of Rock Auto. I recently learned that their customer service sucks and you can’t even call them!!!! Everything is done over online “chat” or email.
     
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    Yup!! Just had to return something from there and it was a nightmare
     
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    That's how they are able to get the rock bottom pricing.. by ignoring every return/warranty issue! The parts pipeline is one direction only
     
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    I was able to return after sending an email thankfully
     
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    Use OEM.

    Rebuild your current ones. It doesn’t take very long at all. I am prepared to do a write up just haven’t gotten around to it yet. If you go this route I’ll show you how!
     
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    I lol’d at this:rofl:
     
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    I was looking at the same issue as the alignment bolts were frozen and the a-arms cannot be removed without cutting the bolts. Everything is rusted. Researched the Moog parts and did a lot of reading. There is more bad than good, so I decided to go with used LCA's. Had a hell of a time finding a rustfree set. I bought the new alignment bolts at the dealer since I was reading some of the issues with the aftermarket bolts as well.
    All that to say that I ordered a set out of California. They are literally like new. No rust, the bushings look fine, shipping across the country was $15 each and the cherry on top is that they provided all the alignment bolts...yep, those really expensive ones I bought new, came with the LCA's. The only rub is that they cost $85.00 each though I looked real hard for cheaper ones.
     
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    I'm in the Peoples Republic of California. Rust in not an problem 90% of the time.
     
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    Send @gunny1005 a message. Cheapest way to get oem parts. Ive placed several orders with him. Awesome guy!

    Not worth rebuilding the LCAs. Dont mess around with cheapo aftermarket crap either. Best case if u do, u'll be doing this again soon. Worst, if u wheel then ur going to be f'd at some point when they fail.

    Recommend to replace all of the adjustment hardware, bolts n cotter pins as well. He will help u with the parts. Rent tie rod puller for free (have to put a deposit) from national auto parts chains
     
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