Mevotech vs Moog: An Overview
When you’re looking for suspension replacements, usually you have to make an important choice: OEMs or aftermarket parts?
I prefer the latter. Moog and Mevotech are two of the leading aftermarket manufacturers you’ll come across if you want a solid upgrade.
So is one better than the other? Well…
In general, I believe Moog to be the better choice across the board. To quote a high-grade independent testing study:
“Metallurgical analysis of ball studs utilized in Centric, MAS, Mevotech Supreme and MOOG ball joints showed that only MOOG parts met or exceeded the characteristics of the original equipment ball studs”.
The same text also points out that the Mevotech Supreme was the first to fracture during simulations. Testing involved chemical composition, heat treatment trials and shot peening in ball joints. If you’re curious about the full text, here it is for your reading pleasure.
In other words, Moog performs significantly better than Mevotech and OEM ball joints. Honestly, the same can be said for other accessories – the only exception would be Mevotech tie rods.
To sum up your best options before I continue with my analysis:
- MOOG Wheel Bearing/Hub Assembly
- Abrasion-resistant, precision matched components.
- Capacity (load):
- MOOG Control Arm/Ball Joint Assembly
- MOOG's premium Problem Solver series: extra durable, easily serviceable, quick to install.
- Mevotech Tie Rod
- Heavy duty, outperforms OEM, cheaper than MOOG counterpart. Better design too.
- MOOG Ball Joint
- Problem solver series: tough steel composition, engineered housing for secure fit and easily greaseable design.
The only issue with MOOG parts is that a lot of their kits don’t come with bushings. You will have to buy these separately…but it’s not rocket science or too expensive, to be honest.
Hats off to Mevotech for providing these, however!
An important ‘HOWEVER’!
Don’t go for their lower end replacement parts! Make sure you’re getting something from their higher quality “Problem Solver” line – like this ball joint assembly:
I’ll elaborate more on the Problem Solver series later in this post, so be sure to read on.
Now, let’s get to the meat of this article – my favorite things about Moog…
…but also a unique case where Mevotech might make more sense. (Hint: it’s related to this tie rod.)
Mevotech vs Moog:
The “Problem Solver” winner
If Moog stuck only to their lower end suspension kits and ball joints, this battle between brands might have ended in a draw.
However, there’s the “Problem Solver”. And, living up to its name, this line does a great job at solving your suspension worries.
First things first – an easy way to distinguish which Moog products are from that line is the “CK” lettering. Be on the lookout for these initials in the MOOG product catalog.
Do so, and you’ll be golden! 🙂
Overall, the Problem Solver products have three very important improvements over OEMs/other brands:
Powder coated metal on the ball joints for extra durability
Easily serviceable (zerk grease fitting present)
Intelligent arm design for better fit and quick installation
Moog tackle all the pain points any car owner has when it comes to ball joints. A lot of OEMs don’t have any grease fitting which makes servicing your new ball joints a pain.
Some aftermarkets have a clunky fit and you have to tinker around with them to make things work.
And a significant part of both OEMs/aftermarket brands have some plastic parts lying around, instead of the full-on powder coated metal you get with the Problem Solver series.
Is Moog always the better choice?
Where does Mevotech shine?
For control arms, bushings and the ball joints themselves – yes, definitely. Mevotech does get a slight nod from me for the fact that they service all of their assemblies with bushings for your convenience.
However, bushings aren’t that expensive, nor is it that hard to just place another order…I wouldn’t sacrifice this small convenience for better overall performance 🙂
Mevotech has pretty good tie rod ends, however. They’re pretty much equal to Moog in this department – maybe even better, and I like that distinctive blue & black design combination.
Wheel bearings are another factor to consider.
Surprisingly, Mevotech put up quite the fight here, outshining some of Moog’s older products. Ultimately, though, the newer generations of Moog wheel bearings perform better. I want to place a special emphasis on how durable the ABS cord is.
Changing your ball joints for the first time?
DIY-ing anything for the first time is exciting, but there’s also the fear of getting things wrong. Generally, Moog replacements fit like a glove so you’re spared the extra huffing and puffing to put them in place.
A common mistake is forgetting the side tools you’ll need to get these assemblies to work properly.
Everybody knows that you need a wrench and impact sockets.
However, make sure that you also have either a ball joint separator tool or a pry bar at hand too. This will drastically cut replacement time and make this very close to an effortless task.
Because honestly, working with a hammer is a total pain and infuriatingly slow.
GearWrench is a brand I really respect and they have this amazing ball joint separator tool. It’s adjustable so it will fit various ball joint sizes for your convenience.
In terms of the process itself, I believe more in video guides over the written word here. Check out this video to guide you through replacing your control arms and deal with the ball joints. Note that while this guy uses a hammer, you can do with my more convenient recommendation:
Are you a Jeep owner? In this case, I wouldn’t choose any of these two brands. I suggest you head to my dedicated post on Jeep Wrangler ball joints instead as these off-road beasts demand a different treatment…