LUNAT1C wrote: ↑June 5th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Thought I’d snap this thread back up, given tonight’s discoveries in the blue cars wheel wells.
How did the Proforged brand control arms treat you? The Dorman strut rods? I realize the car this thread was born from has moved on.
Thoughts on brands for outer tie rods? Ball joints (comes with the control arm?)? Sway bar end links?
I have greasable problem solver Moog endlinks now, 9 years old. Boots are torn, but the car has no noises now. I’ve in recent years Moog quality flushed the wrong way down the porcelain throne.
I’m of the opinion that I would rather spend the money now for quality parts and not have to do it again for another 18 years, than to have problems because I went for lower priced (and quality) parts. If factory-quality Mopar parts were still available, I’d pay for it. The car will be around for decades if I can help it, so quality comes first. If that’s even possible any longer.
All of the suspension parts described in this thread are on the new car with the exception of the rear struts, front and rear endlinks, and rear lateral links and inner and outer tie rods.
I have been happy with the Proforged items so far.
About 15k miles on them if I had to guess.
One of my swaybar endlinks is clunking a bit, but I think that's just because it needs to be tightened (and it was new earlier this year).
I would buy the Proforged stuff again, but I wouldn't be married to the brand. I'd buy Moog or another company if I thought they were a good price and they were a good price.
I would also buy the Dorman strut rods. Not much selection there if I remember right.
I always go Moog for front endlinks because they're the only ones I can keep quiet for a long time. Yes I grease them, usually once a season. 9 years is a good long time to get out of them - don't expect there to be another brand out there you can get that many years out of. The set on my Intrepid is roughly 5 years old and they are still clunk free, but it is driven more like your car than my Special is (show car v. DD).
Outer tie rods I always go Moog and their updated adjuster sleeves. I have had good luck with them on the old Special and the Pro Am.
Inner tie rods I go two piece Moog because I don't want to have to press fit them in. They wear out faster than the OEM style press fit, but I can swap them in a couple of hours versus having to take the full tie rod out and bring it somewhere to have them pressed in.
The Mopar V-line struts (in front now of the new car) are ok and ride decently. I'd buy them again at a good price. I'd go KYB if I was picking at full price. (I have KYBs on the Intrepid.)
The reality is that many of these replacement parts simply will not last as long as the OEM stuff and OEM stuff is either unavailable or super overpriced.
But I will tell you that doing this job made the old Special (and now the new one) less clunky and ride much better, with no steering play.
My Special (new and old) is a good testing ground for these parts because I run the heavy 20s in the summer when I am driving the car hard. Anything that can be abused will be abused by the rims and these MA roads.