Alright, I'm sold on the idea that eBay ball joints are bad, and that OEM ball joints are just fine. Is there anything in the middle for those still not ready to shell out $72 per joint?
According to Rockauto (link here
), there are five brands of lower ball joints to get:
Mevotech: $24/each. It looks like they're a distributor for parts. I can't find any information about their suppliers or whatever. Probably crap.
Deeza: $29/each. Made in-house, in Turkey. Not sure if this is good or bad. Also spelled Disa.
Beck/Arnley: $40/each. They're a distributor, but the picture looks exactly
Moog: $63/each. From what the internets say, either get this, or OEM. This looks like the default if one were to get something and price were no object.
Raybestos: $64/each. Apparently this is the brand name for Spicer chassis components...
So, when you say cheap lower ball joints, is it meant for the Mevotechs (not to even mention the $17/each brands found elsewhere). Or, are things like Deeza and/or Beck/Arnley included in that? I'm leaning towards the Beck/Arnleys because it looks like they're just cheaper, repackaged Moogs.
What say you, locosters?