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Tie Rod Ends U/L Ball joints Moog vs Duralast Need some guidance

Hello i am about to go through my front end on my 1995 f350 2wd 4door dually. and i began to wonder? do i go with duralast, valucraft, moog, motorcraft..... the truck has about 170,000 miles and i would like to make this a 1 time deal. so i quess my question for you guys would be what would you use and why? any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Moog. I install front end parts reguaraly. There is a big diff. in manfuacturing quality. I would rather spend the extra dollars to not have to do it again.
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I would consider the NAPA chassis line. This is there top grade of chassis parts. They have a life time warrenty, and they exceed the spec of OEM. They also have crease fittings. They are a little pricey, but I find them worth the money if you want the one stop shop.
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Moog vs Valucraft .. I would definitely say moog. Unless you buy from Rock Auto (RockAuto Auto Parts), and then I would say Spicer hands down. I have installed about 3 dozen of these things, and he build quality is great, good price, and I haven't replaced another ball joint on a truck that I have installed these on.

Moog are hard to get installed without messing up the rubber boot. The rubber boot is crimped to the body of the ball joint, so when you press it in, the boot gets torn. Spicer has a removable boot. I remove them before I install them, then put the boot back on.

Whatever brand you pick, don't install them unless they come with grease fittings. There is no sense in installing a ball joint that you can't grease.

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I have never seen a crimped on boot on the moog parts. I am not saying they dont exist.
I belive napa parts are moog also.
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The ones that I frequently work with are from Ford vans, which are the same part for the 2wd pickups. I don't know if the 4x4 ball joints are constructed different. On the Moog parts that I have looked at for my vans, the boot has a steel ring inside it that is crimped to the ball joint. It makes it impossible to press it in without putting your pressing dies right on that steel ring. There is no way to avoid messing up the boot as a result.

I haven't messed with other ball joints by Moog, only the ones that go in my vans.

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i just put moog ball joints in the dana 60 that im swapping in last week, the boots werent crimped on


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I just put moog BJ's on the front of a 92 F-250 4x4 and I agree the boots were not crimmped on, they come in the box and once you get the BJ's pressed in you slip it over the threaded end and they kinda "snap" on and they are very nice. Go with MOOG

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