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Why are OEM lower ball joints so hard to find?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BUFU, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. Mar 7, 2020 at 7:32 PM
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    BUFU

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    Every dealership within 100 miles will only sell the entire lower control arm assembly. I can't even find it online! Does anyone have a connection?
     
  2. Mar 7, 2020 at 7:33 PM
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    Bishop84

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    Liability issues with press in ball joints.

    Most older 2nd gens need arms anyway for the eccentrics that are likely seized.

    Loads on Rockauto.
     
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    I keep reading that aftermarket BJs only last 25-50k miles.

    OEM last me 200k+

    Some say it's easy, some say it's a PITA to seat the new ones in.

    If LCA bushings are shot, then it's a fun time torching them out.

    I'm replacing the LCAs with OEM, don't want to change BJs every two years
     
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    My OEM only lasted 50K on a street queen... That said I went with OEM again. Full LCA.
     
  6. Mar 10, 2020 at 4:38 PM
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    Guess I'll roll the dice and go aftermarket.

    how are you liking your moogs?
     
  7. Mar 10, 2020 at 10:45 PM
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    The ride is a lot smoother. Moog has a new design and the boots are pre installed and doesn’t cover the entire shaft of the lower ball joints. The uppers are still the same with the normal style boots. It was a fun project rented a press from my local auto parts store.
     
  8. May 1, 2020 at 8:34 PM
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    I don’t remember the exact brand but I got new LCAs from o Reilly’s and the ball joints are destroyed on both sides after 5k. Should’ve got oem
     

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