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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2005, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Front end wobbly >65MPH when braking

My car seems too have a pretty good wobble above 65MPH when braking, brakes (rotors) don't seem to be the cause, I'm betting on ball joints/hubs?
Boots on upper(s) are destroyed, and car has 140K, no front end work ever done.
I have entire service history on car from original owner.
Who from/what brand should I buy???

Prices warranty variances;
Kragen
Moog K80053 /K80055 $64.99 Lower control arms 1 year warranty
Moog K8596 / K8598 $74.99 Upper control arms 1 year warranty
TRW 10759 / 10760 $85.99 Upper control arms lifetime warranty (w/o SC)
TRW 10771 / 10772 $64.99 Lower control arms lifetime warranty (for SC??)
Mcquay Norris FA1773 $81.99 Upper control arms lifetime warranty

RockAuto.com
Moog K80053 /55 for $51.79 lowers
Moog K8596 / 98 for $59.79 uppers
Motorcraft MCS10763 /4 $57.79 uppers

AutoZone
Duralast $61.99 Upper control arms lifetime warranty - unknown manufacturer
Only have lower ball joints no assemblies

Napa
Napa $83.49 Upper control arms
Only have lower ball joints no assemblies

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2005, 09:09 AM
 
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A lot of people on here use rcokauto's moog parts, but watch out they are quick to charge $20 shipping for a $10 part! As you can see, their prices are the cheapest you listed and if you search, you can find one of the 5% off discount numbers on the forums. Just make sure you check the shipping charges, it might not be the best deal in the long run.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2005, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone think it's worth the extra $$$ to go w/ lifetime warranty parts?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2005, 12:16 PM
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Those bad ball joints on the upper control arm could very likely be the cause of your shimmy. I had a shimmy at certain speeds (while cruising, I don’t remember if it shimmied while braking) a little while after I got my 96. It turned out to be the drivers side upper control arm.

I bought the replacement uppers from AutoZone with a lifetime warranty 2 years or so ago. I'd say go ahead and get the parts with the lifetime warranty if you plan on keeping the car for any amount of time.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-09-2005, 04:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info.
RockAuto.com wants $42.95 for ground shipping. (robbery!!)

Think I'll buy the lifetime uppers from AutoZone, and the lifetime lowers from Kragen.
One more question Kragen has 2 different sets....

TRW 10771/10772 Control Arm w/Ball Joint; Front Suspension; Lower; LH; w/Super Coupe Lifetime Replacement Warranty $64.99
TRW 10759/10760 Control Arm w/Ball Joint; Front Suspension; Lower; LH; w/o Super Coupe - Lifetime Replacement Warranty $85.99

Will the $65 SC ones work, or do I have to fork over another $40 for the other ones?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-09-2005, 08:01 AM
 
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Yeah the lifetime warranty is nice.. Especially since the Moog and TRW part will be identical. I believe the moog is a re-boxed TRW part.
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