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I'm a fanatic on maintenance. I decided to have my mechanic replace a bunch of suspension parts (struts, tie rod ends, rotors, pads, and front stabilizer bar links). He called me and said that upon inspection the left rear stabilizer link looked like the weld was not in good shape (but not yet broken). I told him to go ahead and replace both rear links.

I had supplied all the parts I had planned to use, but since I hadn't planned on replacing the rear links I didn't have them in hand. I told him to get good aftermarket parts. He chose Moog (which I had no problem with since they've been around a long time).

So he got Moog K750110 and K750111 Sway Bar Links. The Honda OEM links don't have grease fittings. The Moog links have grease fittings and are significantly larger than the OEM links. Guess what? The Moog links don't fit. The grease fittings would contact other suspension components. We tried to replace the Moog supplied fitting with a low profile fitting... still too close to feel comfortable with. We could remove the fittings and plug them and the clearance issue would be resolved, but I don't like that idea.

So now I get to wait until Monday (or later) until I can get OEM links that will actually fit.

The folks at Moog will be receiving an unhappy customer message from me. Aggravating.
 

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Last year we have a 2003 Civic Si in our shop that needed lower ball joints.

On this car as well as others Honda still doesn't supply a lower ball joint. The want you to buy a knuckle which results in the bearing andsometimes ABS sensor being changed as well.

We called up my local jobber and her brought me in some Moog ball joints. They fit great....Until we tried to slip the axle back into the knuckle.....The grease fitting hit the knuckle.
 

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With after market parts it is a gamble many times, several years ago I had issues with air filters believe or Not with 2 cars, a Scion and a Ford Suv, some filters did not fit no matter what, on the Scion It came from Napa in a blue box, I just returned it and got an OEM filter.
 

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Joe, what OEM brand did you end up using for your Ridgeline? I just bought the MOOG K750110 and K750111 Sway Bar Links to replace the original and noticed the grease fittings that the Honda OEM does not have. The orginal OEM links seems NOT built to last long that's why i decided to look for aftermarket replacement parts. Any input will be appreciated. thanks!
 

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I went with the Honda links. Keep in mind that there was a manufacturing change (mid 2007?? can't remember) and Honda strengthened the links. When you buy replacements they are the updated design.
 

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Joe, any insight as to why the manufacturers don't put zerks on all the suspension parts? Is it just for cost savings, or have they concluded greasing is not necessary?
 

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Joe, any insight as to why the manufacturers don't put zerks on all the suspension parts? Is it just for cost savings, or have they concluded greasing is not necessary?
Sorry, but I don't have any specific answer. It probably has a lot to do with Honda being an extremely "green" company, but I don't know.
 

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Joe, any insight as to why the manufacturers don't put zerks on all the suspension parts? Is it just for cost savings, or have they concluded greasing is not necessary?
Here's a good one on zerk fittings. last week at work I was replacing u joints on a two different buses. Both u joints made by Spicer, one was an SPL-100-1x and has a grease fitting, the other an SPL -90-1X, no grease fitting. The only difference in these 2 are the size.
 

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My guess is there is no need to grease with the plastic cup in the OEM links.
Yeah, but we had to wait almost 2 years for you to tell us!! lol..kidding ;)
 

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LOL.. My bad, I didn't realize I nercro'd a thread. In my defense, this thread was linked to in another one, it's not like I read back 50 pages and then decided to post!
 

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I'm a fanatic on maintenance. I decided to have my mechanic replace a bunch of suspension parts (struts, tie rod ends, rotors, pads, and front stabilizer bar links). He called me and said that upon inspection the left rear stabilizer link looked like the weld was not in good shape (but not yet broken). I told him to go ahead and replace both rear links.

I had supplied all the parts I had planned to use, but since I hadn't planned on replacing the rear links I didn't have them in hand. I told him to get good aftermarket parts. He chose Moog (which I had no problem with since they've been around a long time).

So he got Moog K750110 and K750111 Sway Bar Links. The Honda OEM links don't have grease fittings. The Moog links have grease fittings and are significantly larger than the OEM links. Guess what? The Moog links don't fit. The grease fittings would contact other suspension components. We tried to replace the Moog supplied fitting with a low profile fitting... still too close to feel comfortable with. We could remove the fittings and plug them and the clearance issue would be resolved, but I don't like that idea.

So now I get to wait until Monday (or later) until I can get OEM links that will actually fit.

The folks at Moog will be receiving an unhappy customer message from me. Aggravating.
Joe did you ever get a response from Moog?
 

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Joe, what OEM brand did you end up using for your Ridgeline? I just bought the MOOG K750110 and K750111 Sway Bar Links to replace the original and noticed the grease fittings that the Honda OEM does not have. The orginal OEM links seems NOT built to last long that's why i decided to look for aftermarket replacement parts. Any input will be appreciated. thanks!
Did you install the Moog links? If so did you have clearance problems?
 

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Used Moog links for the front. No fitment problems. I was sent (by Rockauto) two different design links (one had a much better design with a fully sealed grease cover) with the same part number. This was kind of annoying but I didn't have the luxury of returning as I had already cut out my old links before I realized the issue. Bottom line is that either style link will fit fine in the front application and they are much heavier gauge material than the stockers. I'm not sure i would recommend the "lesser" of the two parts that I received as rubber joint cover just sits on top. . .
 

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Old thread, but here's a new pic of the problem I had with one of the two Moog "Problem Solver" rear stabilizer links. They put the grease fitting on the back of the joint for the right and it hits the chassis.

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The other, left, link had the grease fittings on the radius and presumably wouldn't have that problem. I reached out to Moog but haven't heard anything back.

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