Mevotech vs Moog: An Overview
When you’re looking for suspension replacements, usually you have to make an important choice: OEMs or aftermarket parts?
In most of the cases, I prefer the latter. If I were driving a Porsche, I’d shoot for OEMs. However, there are no Porsches in my garage 🙂
Now, aftermarket brands are more than plenty. This can make things a bit confusing, to say the least. Moog and Mevotech are two of the main manufacturers you’ll come across so I thought I’d write a bit about them.
In general, I really believe Moog to be the better choice. This applies to both their wheel bearings, control arms or the sturdy ball joints. The only issue is that a lot of their kits don’t come with bushings – you have to buy these separately.
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.
But maybe you first want to know why I’m more keen on Moog.
On one hand, it’s the power of word of mouth. Most people around me have used Moog. They are very satisfied with the overall performance/durability.
On the other hand, it’s proven that Moog strongly outperforms its competitors. To quote an independent testing study (note the independent part):
“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.
In other words, Moog not only performs significantly better than Mevotech, but it also blows OEMs out of the water too. This is the conclusion after rigorous testing of chemical composition, heat treatment trials, shot peening etc.
If you’re curious about the full text, here it is for your reading pleasure.
Now, let’s get to the meat of this article – my favorite thing about Moog and why I myself consider their suspension replacements better.
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…