Mevotech vs Moog: What to know
When you’re looking for suspension replacements, usually you have to make an important choice: OEM or aftermarket parts?
In most cases, the latter makes more sense. Moog and Mevotech are two famous aftermarket manufacturers you’ll come across often.
So is one better than the other? Let’s see, keeping in mind the three most common products from both:
- Ball joints: Moog might be a better choice here, read below why.
- Tie rod ends: Mevotech Supreme rods are cheaper and do the job pretty fine.
- Control arms: The biggest win for Moog – this control arm assembly is a best seller with a reason.
I’ll talk about these – and more, but let’s first start with the ball joints.
Here’s a quote from an independent testing study from 2016:
“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 research also points out that Mevotech Supreme was the first to fracture during simulations. Testing involved chemical composition, heat treatment trials and shot peening in ball joints.
Keep in mind that the test was performed on only three applications – 07 Silverado, 13 Ford F-150 and 07 Toyota Camry.
Significantly outperforms Mevotech and OEM parts. Tougher and more reliable.
If you’re curious about the full press release text, here it is for your reading pleasure. Remember it’s from 2016 – since then, Mevotech have increased their parts catalogue and further stepped up their manufacturing!
What about other accessories?
Well, Mevotech tie rods are actually pretty good. They outperform OEMs and are cheaper than MOOG without sacrificing any quality.
Sturdy, easy to install, on a fantastic price. A stellar choice for your tie rod needs.
For other auto parts – and more specifically, control arms and wheel bearings…Moog is a more popular choice. My mechanic friends also swear by MOOG’s control arms.
An issue with some MOOG parts is the kits don’t come with bushings if it’s not Problem Solver line. You will have to buy these separately.
Hats off to Mevotech, though: across all their product lines they serve their kits with bushings!
With wheel & hub assemblies, we have a closer competition:
A very popular choice that fits well with usual vehicle applications. Stellar manufacture too.
A very good value-for-price choice. Underrated, as it shares similar construction to MOOG on better prices.
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 quickly.
However, there’s the Problem Solver product line – living up to its name, these aftermarket replacement parts do a great job at solving your suspension worries.
First things first: an easy way to distinguish which Moog products are ‘problem solvers’ is the “CK” lettering. Be on the lookout for these initials in the MOOG product catalog.
Overall, the Problem Solver products have three very important improvements over OEMs/other brands.
Note: these improvements are also present in Mevotech’s Supreme line!
- Powder-coated metal on the ball joints: Makes them more durable and long-lasting
- Zerk grease fittings: Allows them to be easily serviceable
- Improved arm design: For control arms, the updated design allows for better fit and easier, quicker installation.
Here’s a short introduction which covers the design side:
In short, 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.
In this sense, the Problem Solver is a fantastic aftermarket choice. However, don’t underestimate Mevotech and their TTX or Supreme lines too.
Perfectly greasable, with improved design for a better fit. MOOG's best and popular with a reason.
Where does Mevotech shine? A couple of notes
Previously, I mentioned something important about Mevotech. They service all of their assemblies with bushings for your convenience.
Depending on the applications and design, some bushings can be very expensive. Think about 30% of the control arm itself.
There’s also the matter of their tie rod ends.
They’re pretty much equal to Moog in this department – maybe even better, and I like that distinctive blue & black design combination. It doesn’t make sense to throw more money at Moog equivalents that will yield the same results.
Wheel bearings are another factor to consider.
The newer generations of Moog wheel bearings perform better than their old ones.
The ABS cord here is especially durable – something that you’ll also see with Mevotech BXT hub assemblies as they share the same ABS quality.
What about Mevotech?
In terms of price – more than decent! Mevotech diversify across several lines of wheel bearing and hub assemblies for different applications.
The BXT assemblies are a staple with a few design improvements like larger ball bearings and integrated raceways. As you can see from some BXT reviews, people are satisfied with the overall durability and design.
Aside from them, you might also consider the TXF (Titan-XF) line. These are their highest grade tapered bearings, made to withstand the extreme.
Let’s be clear here, however. On extra heavy loads and serious 4WD action, I’d suggest looking at other manufacturers too. I have a guide that talks about SKF and Timken wheel bearings.
SKF – and their X Tracker design in their latest bearings, in particular, should be your go-to assembly for heavy capacity or offroad matters. They’re more expensive with a reason.
For regular or semi-heavy loads, though, both Mevotech and Moog manufacture great aftermarket options.
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 accomplish things quicker and easier 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.
Alternatively, you can also check my article comparing MOOG to ACDelco, another popular aftermarket brand. ACDelco’s ball joints are more of a challenge to the MOOG K-series (but still not better, in my opinion).