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Recommended Brand for Rear Lower Rear Control Arms

I would like to get input on the brand you used when you replaced the rear lower rear control arms (adjustable arms). After a quick look I have found AC Delco, Mevotech and Dorman.

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I would like to get input on the brand you used when you replaced the rear lower rear control arms (adjustable arms). After a quick look I have found AC Delco, Mevotech and Dorman.

Myself, I would remove or replace Mevotech from your list. Maybe also look at any offerings from Moog or BA...

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I used the Dorman here, been on about 4 years / 60,000 miles. They're due for a replacement.
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Used Dorman here on my first Camry five years ago, lasted until I sold the car 3K later (lol). I won't recommend Dorman or Mevotech (lots of flak for their suspension component failures lately).

Moog should still be good, as should Sankei/555 if you can get em.

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ACDelco is a reboxer that seems overpriced. Dorman bought MAS and you might see part numbers with the -XL suffix. IME MAS isn’t very good. Mevotech was recently involved in putting a fellow member in a hospital, and some while ago failed on a member’s daughter’s CR-V. You can search up those threads.

So go OEM or Moog, but some say Moog has been going downhill. Some of their boxes actually contain Sankei 555, which is a Japanese aftermarket company that’s so-so. IME 555’s rubber dust boots suck. They’re thin, tear easily and don’t last.

Poor quality of Sankei 555:
https://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-g...-findings.html

Other members point to Beck Arnley. They’re a reboxer too but with more reasonable prices and generally good reviews.

https://www.moogparts.com/technical/...-moog-app.html
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I took a look up on the MAS (Dorman) website - sure looks like the same parts I installed on the '00 Camry back in '15. IIRC they didn't look like cheap / or "bad" parts at the time: I'd seen worse in my days. Certainly didn't look any thinner vs. the lateral arms removed at the time, if anything they looked as good quality / or better vs. the ripped, beat ones that were on there.

The Dorman lateral arms currently installed I'm sure would have lasted a bit longer: I've been 'battling' various suspension, and drive-line parts degrading over the past few years, on both the front and rear suspension. The recent (9/18) Monroe quick-strut replacement @ all 4 corners hasn't helped any of the 'older' components that were in-place, at time of replacement.

Most recent issue is the Trailing arm bushings in the rear spindle(s) has degraded, the bushing in the right (pass.) rear spindle is pretty shot at this point. Whether this was 'helped' along by work done for the rear strut replacements, can't say - I had enlisted the help of a local trusted shop to do the work, at the time. ... At this point, it really doesn't matter - as far as I can tell, the trailing arms / bushings are original to the vehicle .. 275,000 miles later.

I need to finish sourcing-out bolts, etc. to do a complete rear suspension refresh, like @tedmich did for his daughter's Camry recently. I'm going to call down / stop by the local Bond or Advance Auto parts stores to take a look at the Moog offerings, if they have stock in this week.
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^ you’re right, the packaging of both the MAS (now Dorman) and Mevotech are nice. They even include a plastic cup to protect the ball joint boot from getting squished during shipping. But looks can be deceiving. I refer back to the Moog test result.

If the MAS you got then are the Dorman “Premium” now that’s their better line. The Dorman MAS is their value line.

I didn’t think Camry’s non-loaf-bearing (follower) joint setup demanded much until I read the thread where it failed.

Then again, the end links probably aren’t as demanding as ball joints. So maybe no need to be as concerned- famous last words right? Lol
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I hear 'ya - "famous last words and all" .. Lol here too. There's been -a lot- of brand consolidation over the past several years: it really is hard to know / keep track of what's "good" or "bad" out there, these days.

Always appreciate your insight, & posts w/ guiding us to the good vendors @JohnGD - Thanks much.
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FYI on my recent full rear end rebuild it was 100% Toyota parts on all the arms and bolts, with Timken hubs and Moog end links.
Driving it home from the alignment I think I noticed some FRONT bearing noise...Doh! Well it is a 24 yr old car...

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@tedmich - Thanks much. I plan on sourcing the bolt hardware from Toyota, and will check prices on their offerings also to see if they're in the same stratosphere. re: Wheel bearing: I've had good luck w/ Timken here also.
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Timken is one company that cares about what they put in their boxes. IME it's either NSK or Koyo wheel bearings for these applications, both are OEM.
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