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Best tie rod ends? Which is Which?

I am confused as hell on which tie rod ends i need. I can take the truck apart and rebuild it from the ground up, but do not know what the parts are all called haha

I need both tie rod ends that run from the pitman arm down to the other tie rod that connects the 2 steering knuckles.

I was told to get moog by a friend, but did some research and am finding that they have lost some of their quality?

What would the best tie rod ends be? Yes i know this will probably be an opinion thing but there has to be a relatively common one..
 
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Frond end steering parts are vital to your suspension. If your truck is pulling, your tie rod end could be shot throwing of your alignment. If your front end is shaking or your steering wheel is loose, your ball joint might have failed. Identifying the correct ball joint alone can be a little tricky, so trying to find an entire steering package can be intimidating. But we here at Diverse Suspension Technologies, have taken the guesswork and difficulty out of the picture. This is Moog Package Deal 012: A complete front end steering pack for the Ford F250 and F350 SuperDuty from 1999-2004 4WD. If you have a 2WD Ford, we have a steering pack for you as well. For the Twin I Beam Axle there is 081 or for the Monobeam Axle there is 082. Replacing your OE parts with Moog's problem solver front end parts will give your Ford the performance and the dependability that you need.

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Moog Package Deal 012 has been created right here at DST and includes all of the front end steering parts for your Ford truck at a premium discount. Included in this kit are the front upper and lower ball joints for both the driver and passenger side. All four tie rods are included, along with the two tie rod end adjusting sleeves.

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Also include in Package Deal 012 are all four tie rod ends you need. We have the front tie rod at the pitman arm, the tie rod end at the right hand connecting tie rod. Here is the front outer connecting tie rod for the passenger side, and the outer tie rod end for the driver side. The tie rod is a major pivot points in the steering system. Like the ball joints, the tie rod has a ball and socket design on one side that connects to the steering arm. When your steering wheel moves, this ball and socket allows the wheels to turn. With Moog's problem solver tie rod ends, you can ensure that your vehicle's steering ability is increased and stays dependable.

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So moog stuff is still the way to go?
 
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I went with Moog also for my Excursion....seems like pretty good stuff. If you take all the parts and look them up individually on Amazon you can save yourself some cash....even more if you have Prime shipping
 
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Got my moogs on order. as well as everything to throw in new battery wiring
 
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I went with these for my ball joints and tie rods
XRF Ford Truck Front End Kits | Front End Kits available from American Undercar
I put moog in the first time and they didn't last too long.
 
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I went with these for my ball joints and tie rods
XRF Ford Truck Front End Kits | Front End Kits available from American Undercar
I put moog in the first time and they didn't last too long.
How long have you had those? still solid?

The million mile warranty is a cool idea. Moog offers the lifetime warranty as well though
 
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Old 12-27-2015, 11:19 PM
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Only about 6 months so far but I have heard good reviews on them sounds like moog from what I have heard has kinda gone downhill but that's just hear say I know mine lasted about 3 years before they went bad ( ball joints ) my tie rod ends were still ok but figured to just do everything. I was going to go with moog again but after a search the XRF stuff had good reviews Moog was hit and miss.
 
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it looks like the xrf stuff is cheaper too. Ill do that when i replace them next.
 
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I mean it's like any manufacturers they all have good and bad reviews so it's kind of a guessing game with what is the best. You could buy Dynatracs and they could go out a month later. I just figured I would try something else, but so far they seem decent.
 
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I've had my XRFs for 22 months and 38K miles and still doing great.


Prior to that I had Moogs and they lasted 4 1/2 years and 66K miles. Not a bad life considering the amount of off-roading I do (when I took them out three of them were shot). I read some hit and miss comments when I was shopping around for more Moogs so I went the XRF route. I've been very happy with them.
 
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When I rebuilt my front end I had did a lot of research and I found the only guys having issues with Moogs tie rod ends were guys that played off road and were running over sized tires. Now when it came to ball joints the Moog's weren't holding up even on stock trucks that only run on the street. So there are many different factors that can play a roll in how long a part can hold up.

My truck had 199k when I went to rebuild the front end and all tie rod ends and center link looked to be OEM but the ball joints had been replaced with Moogs and 3 out of 4 were bad. So I replaced all tie rods & center link with Moogs "Problem Solver" parts and I used XFR ball joints. I only have about 15k on the front end so I can't say how long they will last. But since I drive like an old man and do mostly highway miles I hope not to have an issue for at least 100k.
Fingers crossed !!
 
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I do occassionally go offroad and do abuse my suspension when i do i dont run to hard. i run 33in tires. I got one of my ends today and the other comes tomorrow. seems pretty solid from looks.
 
 
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