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Mevotech Terrain Tough TTX Lower Ball Joint?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MDub07, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Aug 25, 2019 at 3:32 PM
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    MDub07

    MDub07 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have not seen this ball joint mentioned here yet but RockAuto has the Mevotech TXMS86527 for $42.97 for 05-15 Tacomas and it is listed as the Heavy Duty option. I also haven't found this part number sold anywhere else online yet.
    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=10670268&cc=1502962&jsn=940
    Since the aftermarket LCAs have mixed reviews with most complaints being about the LBJ, the OEM LCA being $250+, reviews on Moog LBJ say its gone downhill and Toyota not selling the LBJ separately, I was thinking this may be a option for me to rebuild my OEM LCAs.
    A post on a JK forum also says they are lifetime warranty, Ive read the warranty document (its actually in the Rockauto link above) and not sure if the warranty is more for defects or actual lifetime.
    Reviews for the TTX line of LBJ are "mostly" favorable, but there have been some bad reviews on Amazon, etc.
    Here is someone recommending them for a Duramax
    https://www.duramaxforum.com/forum/maintenance/861889-mevotech-ttx-ball-joints-2.html
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    These were the re-branded Kryptonites from dmaxstore for years... now dmaxstore has used this design and sent the manufacture the TTX to copy them for their new "kryptonite" line. If you ask how I know this, well, I was there when I sent them via UPS!!

    With that said, these mevotech ttx are a worthy unit....
    "

    This Mevotech video (for a Ford replacement LBJ) discusses the TTX benefits does have some complaints in the comments but I dont think they are for the TTX line
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtaKGPmfhXQ

    Anyone had a chance to try these yet?
    I picked up a set of 3rd gen TRD OR suspension and from reading here, my adjusters are most likely frozen (120k miles and I live in an area where salt is used) so I figured I was going to do everything at once vs taking it in for an alignment after replacing the front struts and finding the cams are frozen.
    Thanks.
     
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  2. Aug 25, 2019 at 6:27 PM
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    Haven't tried them personally, but I sell them at work (for other applications) and haven't seen much bad out of them, although they don't move nearly the volume of conventional ones, so the sample size is smaller. I remember someone having issues with them on a 3/4 ton Ram or Ford, but I have a suspicion (their complaint was vertical play, and they were supposed to have some vertical play being solid axle joints that were supposed to be pretty much like kingpins, before both joints are torqued down, IIRC) it was as likely installer error as not.

    I can see that part # on our website, but they don't have a price loaded, I'll have to look tomorrow when I'm behind the VPN and can get to the backend site that has such info. Too bad I have a pair of Moogs sitting around already I got as open box off Amazon... at least I only paid like $15 each for them.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2019 at 5:17 AM
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    Dang... $76 for joe off the street, $60 on our hook it up house account, not much less with my employee discount.

    I think I'll try my $25 pair of Moogs first.
     
  4. Aug 26, 2019 at 7:26 AM
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    Thanks for checking, I wound up ordering them from RockAuto, shipping was 7.99.
    I'm just hoping they aren't junk. I saw someone in another forum mention they were just Mevotech Supremes with a different colored boot but they dont look the same to me. This video I found makes them sound pretty good except there is a comment in the video about breaking one of them in an F150.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGXZHvGoiVg
     
  5. Aug 26, 2019 at 2:11 PM
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    I've worked at an alignment & chassis shop for close to 20 years. 3-4 years ago I had a highlander come in that needed lower control arm bushings. The arms were pretty damn rusty so I sold her on some more "value" line parts, a complete mevotech control arm with bushings installed. It was a v-6 AWD highlander, so you gotta unbolt all 4 motor mounts, and take the side motor mounts out to get to the control arm bolts. Not a HUGE deal, but 2.5 hours of work. I lower the car off the lift and moved it to the alignment rack and noticed it has over 1deg of postitive camber on both sides. All the parts numbers checked out. After several calls to their tech line, I grew impatient and ordered up some MOOG lowers. I took the mevo's out and compared them to the Moog and OEM parts. The wrong balljoint was included with the mevo's. I called the tech line again to tell them what the issue was. They didnt accept any kind of responsibility, or really even care. They didn't even want my pictures. I filed a labor claim with the supplier, kind of pretty I know, and they told me mevo doesn't accept claims. I will not support that company. You can go buy some cheap ass Centric chassis stuff and at least they'll take the business transaction seriously.
     
  6. Aug 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM
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    I just installed these in my truck last week along with all new bushings and UBJ. So far so good. I hope they last because I don't think they will ever come out without some serious cutting of them (the flange). They have a larger bottom flange than OEM and the OEM already didn't leave enough room to use a ball joint press to remove it. One thing to note is that you will likely need a 90 deg grease gun adapter to grease them. I didn't have one on hand when I installed mine, so I had to grease them before putting the CV/axle back into the spindle. Took about 25 pumps and the boot started to balloon just a little and they've held the grease just fine as far as I can tell.
     
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    looks very good
     
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    I just picked up a pair of these along with some Rancho UCAs and struts. Hoping they are not junk. Also am installing TRQ bearing and hub assemblies. Again, really hoping they're not total junk.
     
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    Any updates from y'all that used them?
     
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    Coming up on a year and probably around 5k miles, no issues yet.
     
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    Thanks for this. I like to know what kind of company I'm dealing with when I buy their products, or I should say not going to buy their products.
     
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    any problems with the ball joints you guys installed?
     
  14. Mar 16, 2021 at 6:45 AM
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    Nope, not yet. Not many miles on mine though, I don’t think even 10k.
     

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