Where are Moog parts made? The answer may surprise you!

Where are Moog parts made?

“Where does Moog make their parts?” Sadly this question isn’t as easy to answer as it used to be. Back in the golden years Moog chassis parts were manufactured solely in the USA, and in a lot of cases, people still assume that today. But as the years have gone on we have seen more and more Moog parts from one country after another. Curiosity got the best of us, and we wanted to know just how many countries Moog manufactures in. Since we order our Moog parts directly from Federal Mogul, and those parts are shipped directly from their warehouse to our Stephenville warehouse, we thought we’d just go searching.

If you forgot your reading glasses, we put our findings in video form just for you. Otherwise, keep scrolling.

 

Search Party: Around the World and Back

After a search of our Moog inventory, we found out that Moog makes their parts everywhere from Japan…
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To Turkey….
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and of course, the United States of America.

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That’s a Whole Lot of Countries

All in all, we found 16 different countries that Moog manufactured their parts in. That’s a far cry from just being made in the U.S.

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No way you say?

where are moog parts made


Is there anyway to find out where a Moog part comes from?

If the question of “are Moog parts made in the USA” is unrealistic, what can we do? Aha! How about we ask “how do I tell where MY Moog part came from?” This inquiry is much easier to solve: Check the label on the BOX! Each Moog part has the country of origin listed on the label. This is pretty easy to do if you are looking at the box, on the shelf in a store. However, if you are more with the times and are shopping online, you may want to contact someone at your vendor of choice before you purchase. Considering most online retailers ship without the original box to save on shipping costs, you’ll be hard pressed to find the origin without the box. If the country of origin is really important to you, this is your heads up before you order any parts online.

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I can at least know where a part number is made, right?

Wrong. Of all the “where is Moog made” aspects, this is most interesting: you can’t even narrow it down by part type or even part number! You could order the exact same part number from two different companies and have two different countries of origins. How do I know you ask? Look what we found in the warehouse… Same part number, different countries of origin. Now rest assured, they are the same part, but they came from different parts of the world.

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… and again…
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The correct answer: Moog is a GLOBAL brand

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With so many places around the world manufacturing Moog’s parts, there’s not really a way to predict exactly where a specific part will come from. The best, and really only way, to determine where a Moog part was made is to check the label on the box. We had a light-bulb moment! We finally found the answer to the question, “Where are Moog parts made?” The answer: The World! Moog parts are manufactured all over the world. With a global economy comes global manufacturing, Moog is no exception.


What do you guys think, surprised or no? What other countries have you found on your Moog box?

Comments

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      You would think that there is a big shiny answer on how these parts are tuned specifically for European or Asian cars right? Unfortunately that’s not really the case. It’s essentially just marketing. Moog thought it would sell better in those markets with “Euro-Spec” or “Asia-Spec”, but it’s the same part.

      What’s really funny, if you look at the comparison picture above, is how the part that’s made in China says “Euro-Spec”, but the part that was made in Germany (actually in Europe) doesn’t say anything. Pretty interesting.

  1. Profile photo of Edwin LingleEdwin Lingle

    I can’t believe that that Moog builds parts in 16 different countries. I have a 67 Mustang and I want US manufactured parts for it. I feel that us built parts are far superior to parts made overseas.

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      We had a hard time believing it too. At first. It’s pretty hard not to believe it when you have the Moog boxes staring at you claiming so. Edwin, you aren’t alone in that sentiment. Many people feel the same way about US built parts. And while I won’t argue in either direction, it’s very clear that Moog is now a global brand and the days of USA made only Moog parts are long past. Let’s just hope the same quality that made Moog the “go to” part in OEM replacement doesn’t suffer.

  2. Profile photo of Greg WherlandGreg Wherland

    Regardless of where the parts are manufactured, shouldn’t the big question be “are the parts made to the traditional Moog standards we have been using for years?” And in today’s day and time shouldn’t quality be more important than location?

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      Greg that’s a great point. When it boils down to it, most people want a quality part to replace the part that just failed. But a lot of people stand in the camp of only wanting US made parts. I can see their point of view and don’t fault them for it.

      Again however, the days of Moog part being made solely in the US are long gone. Now people are faced with a decision: to keep buying the Moog brand or refuse due to overseas manufacturing. There are few “exclusively made in US” OE replacement brands out there. Should people not buy Moog because they put their name on parts made overseas? Even if the quality was the same (just a hypothetical)?

  3. Cchhd

    Remember that Moog doesn’t make every part themselves. Many of their parts are reboxed from someone else. The Turkish parts are probably made by Deeza. The Japanese parts are most likely Sankei 555 or other OEM parts from the Japanese OE supplier.

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      Yes that is the case. They deem those parts “Moog Engineer Approved”. It was explained to me by a Federal Mogul employee that there are so many OE part numbers that they can’t make all of them. So in an effort to widen their coverage, they have outsourced to other manufacturer’s around the world. They assured me that these parts are “moog validated construction”, but what that means exactly is hard to say. Good point!

  4. Abe

    a better question is do the non u.s.a made parts have moogs gusher bearing setup? I bought 4 sets of tie rod ends [that equates to 8 tie rods] before I got the ones that are made in the u.s.a by moog the boots say moog on them, and they have the grease fittings too [some sets of the 4 did not have the grease fittings] the usa made parts, are in my eyes, more likely to have the gusher bearing then the outsourced parts I could be wrong but I like to hear a response from someone that works for moog or at the least another opinion from another consumer.

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      Abe! That’s a great insight. We buy our parts directly from Moog’s parent company Federal Mogul. So all of our parts come directly from Moog. For the most part, no matter the country of origin, the Moog features like grease fittings and gusher bearings are in these parts. Although, sometimes we do receive a part that looks completely different or clearly lacks the Moog features. We send those parts back immediately.

      Anyone else notice any differences in part features from varying countries of origin?

  5. Jennifer Gomillion

    I purchasedon’t two Moog Sway Links at the same time. Both boxes were labeled correctly. Inside were two different parts. One was clearly a Moog part with the label and dark painted pieces with grease fittings. The other was a bright silver, no grease fittings and the screws coming g out were different lengths. Part didn’t even fit. Senter it back to rock Auto for a replacement and received the same exact incorrect part. The only thing that say Moog is the box. Nothing else. Frustrated this is the second time sending back.

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      Unfortunately that happens a lot. We have a lot of customers that call our Customer Service line with the same issue, so we know how frustrating that can be. If you’re still having some trouble give our customer service team a call and they can help you get the correct MOOG part. Our number is 1-800-406-2330 and punch extension 105. That’s our Customer Service Manager Brit. He loves helping people who’ve had bad experiences get the correct part.

  6. Wade

    I just replaced 4 ball joints on my 2010 dodge ram 2500, with moog parts. After two weeks I went to get the front end aligned and the top ones already have movement. I just ordered Carli Suspension ball joints. They are made in the US and have a lifetime warranty. I well NEVER buy a moog part again.

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      Wade, I understand the frustration. Sorry you had troubles with your parts! Unfortunately with all of the outsourcing Moog does, the parts received are not always up to the caliber you would expect. Knowing this, we back our Moog customer’s with a lifetime warranty just in case something like that happens. Did you purchase it thru us? If so give our customer service team a call (1-888-406-2330) and we can take care of you if you did purchase from us.

      Also, I’m curios, what part number did you have trouble with? And do you know what the country of origin on the box was? I can check our warehouse to see if we have the same country.

    2. Earl Hickey

      The MOOG ball joint for your truck K7460 IS made in USA, and genius, the upper ball joint is telescoping by design as the dodge axle/knuckles have manufacturing inconsistencies that requires the use of a telescoping ball joint. It is not worn out and it doesn’t move while in operation, it adjusts upon installation to make up for the tolerance differences with the straight axle and knuckle machining. Nice misunderstanding. I hope the plastic Carli ball joint bearing holds up for ya!!

      1. Profile photo of Josh DanielsJosh Daniels

        Earl, you are absolutely right about the upper ball joint being designed to have some vertical play. We dug around a little and found a cut-away photo of an OE ball joint that backs you up.

        ram ball joint cross section

        You can find a more detailed description of this particular product in Moog’s product bulletin for the K7460.

        Are Carli ball joints really made with plastic? I hope Wade stuck with the Moog ball joints!

  7. Dennis Long

    Well, just purchased Moog wheel bearing/hub kit for my Dodge. Had to go to two different stores to get them, one was packaged in Moog plastic the other is a cheap bag with a stamp on the part Made in Korea. If this is what I am spending more money on you done lost a costumer. I was purchasing Moog for the USA durable made Product for the price, not some foreign junk that don’t even look the same let alone move the same! SMH!!!

    1. Profile photo of Drew TaylorDrew Taylor

      Hey Dennis, I’m sorry for your frustration. We’ve come across this issue with many of our own customers as well. Unfortunately Moog has outsourced a lot of their parts in the last decade. As I stated in the article, we found 16 different countries of origin in our warehouse alone. If you decide you want to buy Moog parts again, try giving us a call. We can search through our warehouse and see if we have any Made in USA Moog parts on our shelves.

      1. No More Moog

        “We can search through our warehouse and see if we have any Made in USA Moog parts on our shelves.”

        Drew, even that won’t help. I just received a second new MOOG inner tie-rod from Rock Auto after returning the first one that was clearly cheap chinese crap in a Moog box marked “Made in USA”, only to receive a Meyle Germany part in the Moog box that’s marked “Made in USA”.

        The original order was for two tie-rods, the crap chinese one I returned was accompanied by a high quality Japanese part that also came in a Moog box marked “Made in USA”.

        This is not only wrong, it’s illegal under US consumer protection laws.

        I am done with Moog because you never know what you will get. It’s a sad commentary on our once great country, excellence has been replaced by mediocrity and deception.

        1. Profile photo of Chelsea BakerChelsea Baker

          We’re sorry to hear you weren’t satisfied with your purchase. I know that if you give our customer service team a call (1-888-406-2330), we would do what we can to ensure you get the part you want. Any one of them would walk out to our warehouse and check out the part for you as well as send you pictures, if needed.

          In this article we were trying to generate discussion about the fact that for Moog to be able to provide the extensive number of parts they do, the manufacturing has to be spread around a little bit. We’ve already seen examples of the same part being manufactured in different countries.

          The big question for a lot of people is, “Does the country of origin determine the quality of the part?” Earl made a good point about the exceptional quality of the stabilizer links which are manufactured in Mexico but approved by Moog. We understand that some people only want US made parts on principal. But the fact is, Moog is a global brand and manufactures a certain amount of its parts in different countries.

  8. Earl Hickey

    Not sure if your sending the right message here…. but my investigation at local MOOG distributor resulted in the following country of origin ranked in order of popularity. Looks like “non-technology” parts (bushings) may sometimes be globally sourced, but articulating stud type parts come from North America, most from USA.
    Stabilizer bar links from MOOG’s Mexico facility have thicker bar stock, metal bearings, greaseable, internal boots, wrench flats. They are not “off-shore” junk. BALL JOINTS FROM bOAZ, Alabama, TIE ROD ENDS FROM Maryville, Missouri. Do a little deeper research.
    POP COO MOOG # DESC
    1 USA K7275 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    2 USA K8695T Ball Joint
    3 USA K80196 Ball Joint
    4 USA K80026 Ball Joint
    5 USA K5342 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    6 USA K6600 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    7 USA K80197 Ball Joint
    8 USA K8607T Ball Joint
    9 USA ES3488 Tie Rod End
    10 USA K8772 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    11 MEX K80252 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    12 USA K5255 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    13 USA K80631 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    14 INDIA K6712 Control Arm Bushing
    15 MEX K8645 Stabilizer Bar Bushing
    16 MEX K80296 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    17 MEX K80066 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    18 USA K8989 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    19 USA ES3459 Tie Rod End
    20 CHINA K6698 Control Arm Bushing
    21 USA K7348 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    22 MEX K80008 Ball Joint
    23 USA K3134T Ball Joint
    24 MEX K7258 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    25 USA ES3614 Tie Rod End
    26 CHINA K7471 Control Arm Bushing
    27 USA K7406 Sway Bar Bushing Kit
    28 MEX K9643 Ball Joint
    29 USA ES3631 Tie Rod End
    30 MEX K8687 Ball Joint
    31 MEX K80104 Stabilizer Bar Link Kit
    32 USA K7460 Ball Joint
    33 USA EV80645 Tie Rod End

    1. Profile photo of Chelsea BakerChelsea Baker

      Thanks for compiling that list, Earl! We really appreciate your input. You’re totally correct about the quality parts being manufactured outside the US. Our neighbors to the south manufacture some great parts, and the description you provided for their stabilizer bar links is right on the money.

      I compared our stock with your list and came up with similar results with a few exceptions, one being K7471 was manufactured in Turkey. The fact is we can’t definitely say whether a part number will come from one country or another. They source from a truly global market. This example really helps illustrate that: We have two ball joints, one made in Germany and the other in China. As to the quality of these parts, Drew addressed some concerns in an earlier comment:

      “They deem (overseas manufactured parts) ‘Moog Engineer Approved’. It was explained to me by a Federal Mogul employee that there are so many OE part numbers that they can’t make all of them. So in an effort to widen their coverage, they have outsourced to other manufacturers around the world. They assured me that these parts are ‘moog validated construction’, but what that means exactly is hard to say.”

      We don’t think anything Moog makes or stands behind is junk, we think Moog makes and sells an exceptional product. Moog has recently engineered some awesome steering knuckle assemblies that really streamline the wheel bearing replacement process. We have these parts on our shelves and they look fantastic. They just happen to be manufactured in China.

      Considering the fact that until you open the box you cannot always definitively know where each individual product is manufactured are there any Moog parts you have run across that have questionable manufacturing? As a dealer of the brand we haven’t run into anything ourselves that we would hesitate to sell to a customer, but I would love to get your input on that.

  9. Daryl

    I own a 2003 Lincoln Navigator and am on my 10th set of outer tie rod ends(es3695) bought from Oreilly’s. Again after a couple weeks the boot fails to hold grease causing a loud clunking noise. The boots are suppose to be sealed and have no overflow relief.
    I originally contacted Moog after the fourth set and was told I had to handle any problems with the store. it is definitely poor quality and workmanship with the part. I have Duralast parts on my Chevy truck and haven’t had one problem.
    It is nice to have a lifetime warranty but if you are changing the part and having to get new alignments every couple months, and the company does not even think your time is valuable, why buy anything from that manufacturer again. I use to buy only Moog but have found numerous parts are substandard and will have to reconsider ever buying another for myself or my customers.

    1. Profile photo of Chelsea BakerChelsea Baker

      Hello Daryl!

      Wow, your 10th set? We’re both sorry and surprised to hear about your troubles with the es3695. We’ve sold Moog Parts for over a decade and we’ve found them to be exceptionally made. With your case being so unusual we called Moog to see if they have had any issues with this particular part (they do a great job at keeping track of any premature failures) and they had no complaints recorded.

      You sound like you know what you’re doing but we have to ask a few clarifying questions just to get all the details. Are you using a pressurized grease gun? When a pressurized grease gun is used, you have to be careful not to overfill the boot. Overfilling can lead to the tearing of the boot causing the tie rod to fail. Are you using the correct grease? It is suggested from Moog engineers to use a premium heavy-duty lithium or synthetic grease.

      I know that you originally purchased from O’Reilly’s and Moog requires any returns to go through the original dealer. But if you have any questions or concerns give our customer service team a call (1-888-406-2330). If you hit ext. 114 for Edwin, he is our ASE certified mechanic on the team who would gladly answer any of your questions.

  10. Rick Hogue

    Very interesting information here, thanks to all that contributed. I too assumed they were all made in the US but considering the shear number of different parts I understand. Just about to replace all 6 U-joints and rear bushings in my 89, hope I can get US made ones.

    1. Profile photo of Josh DanielsJosh Daniels

      Thanks Rick,

      We’re glad you enjoyed the article! We understand the sentiment of seeing that “Made in the USA” sticker on a product, but we trust that Moog is not going to put their name on a part that isn’t up to snuff. To cover as many applications as they do they have to share the manufacturing load, but those parts are still “Moog validated construction”.

      We appreciate and agree with your view on the matter and would like to applaud your understanding!

      Also, if you would like, you can call, chat, or email our customer service team, (888)-406-2330 and mention that you would like to have US made parts we can pick those out of our stock. Almost all of the U-Joints we stock are made in the USA and I’m sure we can find some home grown rear bushings as well.

      Good luck with your restoration! If you get some pictures of the process feel free to post them.

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