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post #1 of 7 Old 01-18-2017, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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ball joint size issue or was i conned

about a year and a half ago i replaced my factory lower ball joint with a moog ball joint.
the moog looked a tiny bit wider than the factory one. my ball joint boot tore and
messed up the ball joint. i went to the dealer and bought a brand new one.
when my mechanic went to replace the ball joint he told me that the factory one
is fitting loose, the grooves on the broken moog widened the hole a bit .
instead i ended up paying for another moog ball joint.
has anyone had this issue with moog ball joints ?? or did my mechanic feed me bs to so that i would
pay extra for the ball joint ??

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I could see it. Best to stick with OEM. No way to make the hole smaller


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No BS. A couple of reports of failed Moog joints. And yes, they seem to enlarge the hole in the lower control arm assembly. Sounds like you'll need a new LCA and an oem lower ball joint.

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What had grooves? If you're talking about where it goes into the control arm then you need a new control arm. If you're talking about where it goes into the steering knuckle then you will need a new steering knuckle

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the moog ball joint has these grooves all around it . the steering knuckle seems to have a slightly enlarged hole now that i
installed a moog ball joint
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I had the moog ball joints fail on me as well. I was able to get the OEM installed without issue after removing the Moog.

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The aftermarket ball joints have a knurling on them to help them grip the steel knuckle better than if they were a flat cut.

The nature of the knurling is it slightly deforms as you press in to get that interference fit. Therefore they have to oversize it slightly more than the OEM installation diameter.

If you have to replace an aftermarket ball joint, you should replace it with one that has a knurling. I wouldn't reuse that steering knuckle more than twice at that point, as the push out load significantly decreases the second time a ball joint is pressed in due the enlargement. Furthermore Honda ball joints don't have a cir-clip for safety so its fully dependent on that interference fit.

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