I'm looking at replacing the lower control arms on my '00 Chrysler 300M and my choices seem to be:
Dorman (about $20 each)
Raybestos ($26 - $46)
AC Delco ($29 - $45)
Auto Extra / Chassis Rite ($19)
Moog ($21 - $50 - $61)
(all prices -> Rock Auto)
These are all the same - lower control arm with bushings and lower ball
joint pre-installed, with new pinch bolt and nut.
I believe they all have zirk fittings - but perhaps not.
I know that this thread could devolve around the concept of "you get
what you pay for", but I really would like to better understand:
1) Relationship between these manufacturers and their part numbers. For
example, Dorman, Raybestos, and AC Delco all have different part
numbers. However, Mevotech, Auto Extra/Chassis Rite, and Moog all have
"K7211 / K7213" for their part numbers.
For example, Mevotech's P/N is K7211 (left control arm), Auto Extra /
Chassis Rite P/N is AXK7211, and Moog has K7211, RK7211 and CK7211.
Which leads me to believe these are the same underlying parts (what else
could account for the practically identical part numbers?)
Moog has the most expensive parts, and I really don't know the
difference between RK7211 and CK7211 (except that Rock Auto shows a $11
2) Am I really just paying more for a longer waranty - but getting the
same part? (for those vendors that sell different versions such as
Raybestos, AC/Delco, and Moog)
I really doubt that I'm going to be paying more than $45 each for these,
which means that all of these except for the two higher-priced Moog
parts are on my short list.
That said, here is a small PDF put out by Moog showing the K7211 ($50):
One other "factoid" -> I searched the moog site for "CK7211" (the $61
part) and found nothing...
- posted 7 years ago