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OEM vs. MOOG Hub and Wheel Bearing Assembly (rear)

Any thoughts or advise from your past most current experience before I go ahead and install. Should I return the MOOG and keep the OEM? The only difference I see are the bolt studs.

Rear Hub and Wheel bearing assembly for 2005 Subaru Outback 3.0R LL Bean Ed.

OEM(left) $110-$124 vs. MOOG(right) $72-$94











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You can't go wrong with Moog. I haven't used them on a Subaru but on all other vehicles they were equal to or better than OEM.

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Moog has a good rep. That said, just like most OEM hard parts, most of these are now being manufactured in China. In general, that's a bad thing in my experience.
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Will install both hubs and see how it goes. Thanks guys for the input!
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I had put two Moog hubs in the front of my '08. The passenger side one went out very quickly after I put it in (within 5000 miles) for some reason, so I replaced it with OEM. The driver's side is still fine.

Might have just been a fluke. Otherwise they seem to be of comparable build quality and work fine with ABS/VDC speed sensors.

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For ten to twenty dollars difference I would go with oem.
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For ten to twenty dollars difference I would go with oem.
^ I'm with Clean given I've done that project its not hard but takes time and if you have any rust its more time to get the parts out cleaned up and the new bits back in etc. I would rather go with the known part that should give you at least another 100K of no trouble vs the part that could have you doing the whole **** project again very shortly.

My time is worth more than the few $'s difference in savings.
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For ten to twenty dollars difference I would go with oem.
+1.

MOOG is generally and widely accepted in general. That being said, a rear Moog end link on my OBW is whimpy - the boot wasn't even secure on one end. Its attached on one end and then simply "laid" over the other side. You could just lift it up and look inside the boot. Seems less than ideal for a car seeing poor road conditions or an owner that doesn't want to crawl under the vehicle ever year with a grease gun for one grease fitting.

One example is meaningless statistically speaking even if it is a poor and less robust design, which it may not be.

But for $10, i'd get the real deal.

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MOOG is generally and widely accepted in general. That being said, a rear Moog end link on my OBW is whimpy - the boot wasn't even secure on one end. Its attached on one end and then simply "laid" over the other side. You could just lift it up and look inside the boot. Seems less than ideal for a car seeing poor road conditions or an owner that doesn't want to crawl under the vehicle ever year with a grease gun for one grease fitting.

One example is meaningless statistically speaking even if it is a poor and less robust design, which it may not be.

But for $10, i'd get the real deal.
You got me wondering if the Moog end links in the front of mine are what's making my latest front end noise...

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Did you swap the sway bar bushings when doing the end links? Switching worn sway bar bushings makes a huge difference on noises, definitely go with OEM bushings. I used moog endlinks on front (replaced the weak plastic cup design) when both OEM links broke around 65k and the moogs have been solid. But biggest noise reducer was new bushings.

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