Originally Posted by Old_Fashioned_Cat
......Who makes those, if I am not mistaken I did not see a manufacturer. For the uppers you will end up spending around $60 each for MOOG or real OEM motorcraft is about $90 each.
I don't understand what you mean by "I was looking at these CAs, the Motorcraft and the Moogs looked a little scrappy comparison."
Do you mean you think these look better than the other brands? Personally anything under $60 makes me suspicious and until I ran this thread
I was going to bite the bullet and spend the $90 on MOTORCRAFT. Long story short I opted for MOOG and just finished installing the passenger side UCA today. I believe I had cheap, or stock MC UCA's and I am at 100k. Yes they last long if they have never been swapped out before.
However they are not grease-able, so if for some reason your new MC's lose any grease, your going to experience problems... Just did not sit right with me, and I use a mobile one low temperature high temperature grease, idk what the MC has inside its boot.
It has been about a year in random weather Chicago, IL, and I just greased the drivers side for the yearly maintenance..... Yeah that awesome red hi-lo temp grease was, or getting, black with red on the outside as it pushed out old and new, imagine keeping the same stuff in there for a few years. It did not sit right with me and after seeing that it kinda proved my theory, at least to me..
P.S. if you go this route you can use the old grease to lube other things, I usually spread it on the outside of the boot. Your never going to avoid the weather, but an extra coat of something else that will weaken from weather over time before the boot is a good thing in my mind.
*Edit* In case you were looking for recommendations for the required 18mm ratcheting wrench. I used this and it withstood dead blows from a rubber mallet and a heel kick to help loosen the pinch bolt (no signs of wear from all that). Felt like craftsmen to me. At least spend good money on this tool and do not cheap out and get a multi function one as it will probably be too thick to handle the passenger side bolt that is almost completely blocked in by the ac systems canister.