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#4595659 - 12/06/17 05:15 AM recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda?
Number_35 Offline

Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 693
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Hello all -

'97 Mazda MPV, 2WD (RWD), 335K km (> 200K miles)

Broken & separated ball joint on passenger side!

I'm looking for advice on what's a good replacement part (balancing availability, quality, and price).

NAPA locally has only the part for the 4WD, which is quite a bit different.

On-line choices (in every case, LCA w/ ball joint):

Beck-Arnley 102-4528 $103.84

Dorman 520-830 $103.68

Mevotek GK9651 $61.53

Mevotek CMK9651 $129.46

All prices are in C$.

Thoughts on any of the above? I do prefer to buy CAN/US/1st-world-manufactured parts when possible.

Thanks in advance!

#4595666 - 12/06/17 05:22 AM Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
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Look at Moog, they will probably be reboxed 555 which is Sankei.
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#4595677 - 12/06/17 05:33 AM Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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Do you need to repair it right away? I would check rockauto if you can wait. We get ripped off with prices for those small parts.
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#4595753 - 12/06/17 07:48 AM Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: JC1]
khittner Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 253
Loc: Michigan
It looks like a lower front control arm, with the ball joint included, is all that RockAuto can do for you, too. A Beck-Arnley control arm, in "daily driver" quality, is $58 (U.S.) RockAuto Mazda MPV Control Arm and it's another $15 (U.S.) to get to Winnepeg in a week or so, if you can make-do without the vehicle for that long.

Edited by khittner (12/06/17 07:50 AM)

#4595803 - 12/06/17 08:45 AM Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2012
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
Did you try It has many ball joint replacements listed for your vehicle with decent photographs. I've always found its prices to be good.
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#4596031 - 12/06/17 11:47 AM Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 3655
Loc: California
Moog in Problem Solver series - you'll get a 555 Sankei as Trav mentioned. Otherwise, I'd look for OEM.

#4596091 - 12/06/17 12:39 PM Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 804
Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
Those are all made in china/turkey/czech so unless you go OEM, which would probably be Japan, I don't know of any USA made ones. JTC1566 is the TRW replacement, that might have a better chance of higher quality manufacturing.

Edited by Audios (12/06/17 12:40 PM)
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#4596149 - 12/06/17 01:50 PM Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 08/05/02
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I'd stay away from Dorman and Mevotek if it is going into a car to be kept for long. B&A may be a hit or miss but I'd not want to ship something so heavy back.

Moog problem solver would be your best bet other than OEM.
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