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I'm not normally a fan of aftermarket parts, but...

I'm really tempted to use the autozone "valu-craft" front stabilizer links to replace my worn out ones. For $8.99 each, with lifetime warranty, it sure beats the expensive honda ones. They're nothing to change, especially if I apply anti-seize when I install them. And, if they go bad it's not like I'm stranded or anything. What say the hive?


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Get the V6 links to go with that V6 bar you put on last fall.


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Don't want to pay Honda price

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Why not? You waste oil and ATF by changing it way too early.

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How much dinero be the Honda ones?

You're not digging....

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Just put a MOOG end link with grease fittings on my daughters '03 LX, price was $21.96 + tax vs. that $8.99, skip an oil change you don't need to do and its a wash. Never have to replace it again.
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You're a paradox. One day you buy Honda OEM for "quality and longevity" and the next you don't want to pay "the Honda price."

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at least I'll get the job done for that price with OEM parts instead of pay some hack job mechanic $600 to do it with duracrap parts.
There's a Romanian saying, "In care parte bate vantul", which basically means, you switch depending which way the wind's blowing.

At least get the Moog links. They're beefier than OEM and would go well with the stabilizers.

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You're a paradox. One day you buy Honda OEM for "quality and longevity" and the next you don't want to pay "the Honda price."



There's a Romanian saying, "In care parte bate vantul", which basically means, you switch depending which way the wind's blowing.

At least get the Moog links. They're beefier than OEM and would go well with the stabilizers.

@03LXV6 is right.
Do you have any common sense?

If I cheap out on STEERING parts I risk losing control of the car, being stranded, AND having to get an alignment AGAIN.

With these links, I could EASILY replace them for FREE if/when I had to. And not be stranded. And no alignment.

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The DK in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift taught us that you can steer using just the throttle. Why not save the money on steering parts and go all 9th Gen sub-forum and buy/swap out all your lights for LEDs and then post 30 pictures of before/after?

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Why not? You waste oil and ATF by changing it way too early.
I know right? He should be swapping end links every 3000 miles. hahahaha

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With these links, I could EASILY replace them for FREE if/when I had to. And not be stranded. And no alignment.
C'mon, brah! Stranded for a broken end-link? You watch way too many ricer movies on youtube. And guess what? No alignment for any brand end-link so those vatozone links are nothing especial. How many threads about the TL/S bar upgrades do you have to read that states the moog problem solvers are better and beefier than OEM and therefore preferred? And how many threads have you read of people breaking these moog end-links after they did the TL/S bar upgrade?

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I have never replaced an anti-sway bar end link with another OEM one. I have used Moog, Centric/C-tek, Qsten. They are all beefier and durable than OEM. I just replaced the front ones on my dad's 2008 Accord with Centric ones.

And there is nothing wrong with using aftermarket steering components. I have Moog outer tie rods with no issues. Just don't pick those "value" ones you see on rockauto.com .

DO use OEM ball joints, that's it. Everything steering, brake, and suspension related can be aftermarket, and I do use aftermarket.
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I have never replaced an anti-sway bar end link with another OEM one. I have used Moog, Centric/C-tek, Qsten. They are all beefier and durable than OEM. I just replaced the front ones on my dad's 2008 Accord with Centric ones.

And there is nothing wrong with using aftermarket steering components. I have Moog outer tie rods with no issues. Just don't pick those "value" ones you see on rockauto.com .

DO use OEM ball joints, that's it. Everything steering, brake, and suspension related can be aftermarket, and I do use aftermarket.
I think I'll go with that advice. Thanks. So the question is, the stock link is too small for the hole in the TLS front bar. Is there a way to "rig" this? I don't want a loose fit if I'm buying a new part.

Well what the F. The moog ones cost as much if not more than the OEM ones. Plus, the "better" greasable ones boot doesn't even fit the part. It just kind of "hangs over" the joint. So when I grease it it'll look all nasty and dirty over time like some old beater chevy truck. I prefer the sealed ones myself.


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