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? Well, it depends on the replacement parts:
- Ball joints: Definitely Moog, read below why.
- Tie rod ends: Mevotech ones are cheaper, similar performance to Moog.
- Control arms: A BIG 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.
If we’re talking about ball joints or wheel bearings, here’s a quote from an 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 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.
Significantly outperforms Mevotech and OEM parts. Tougher and more reliable.
If you’re curious about the full text, here it is for your reading pleasure.
What about other accessories?
Well, Mevotech tie rods are actually pretty good. They outperform OEMs and are cheaper than MOOG without sacrificing any quality. Seriously – they’re heavy duty, unlike the brand’s ball joints.
However, for other auto parts – and more specifically, control arms and wheel bearings…Moog does them better. In this price category, at least:
- MOOG Wheel Bearing/Hub Assembly
- Abrasion-resistant, precision matched components.
- Capacity (load):
- Mevotech Tie Rod
- Heavy duty, outperforms OEM, cheaper than MOOG counterpart. Better design too.
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!
OK, time to go deeper with comparing these two brands.
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 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.
Do so, and you’ll be golden! 🙂
Overall, the Problem Solver products have three very important improvements over OEMs/other brands (including Mevotech):
- 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.
Is Moog always the better choice?
Where does Mevotech shine?
For control arms, bushings and the ball joints themselves – yes, definitely. Moog is better.
Mevotech does get a definite nod from me: 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. 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.
Ultimately, the newer generations of Moog wheel bearings perform better. I want to place a special emphasis on how durable the ABS cord is.
What about Mevotech?
In terms of price – more than decent. Their bearing and hub assemblies are quite affordable. As you can see from some reviews, people are satisfied with the overall durability and design.
Let’s be clear here, however. For higher loads and serious 4WD action, I’d suggest looking at other manufacturers. I have a guide that talks about SKF and Timken wheel bearings. SKF in particular should be your go-to assembly for heavy capacity or offroad matters.
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).