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I am very surprised that this is not possible for 2nd Gen MDX. Am I correct?

It seems a horrible idea to force people to buy whole arms with BJ and bushings. OEM is stupid expensive and aftermarket ones are not great. Is it possible to use other cars parts here?

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I am very surprised that this is not possible for 2nd Gen MDX. Am I correct?

It seems a horrible idea to force people to buy whole arms with BJ and bushings. OEM is stupid expensive and aftermarket ones are not great. Is it possible to use other cars parts here?

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You are correct, the ball joint is not available separate from the LCA. I believe there is a Chinese company called Febest at Amazon that sells individual parts for the LCA. They do offer the BJ as a piece for our MDX.


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You are correct, the ball joint is not available separate from the LCA. I believe there is a Chinese company called Febest at Amazon that sells individual parts for the LCA. They do offer the BJ as a piece for our MDX.


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That's great! Thanks for the information. I think we can make bushings ourselves. But ball joint is not possible. Anyone has tried the Febest BJ? If just doing the BJ, alignment is not needed, right?

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That's great! Thanks for the information. I think we can make bushings ourselves. But ball joint is not possible. Anyone has tried the Febest BJ? If just doing the BJ, alignment is not needed, right?

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It depends, I have seen some BJ with offset for camber adjust. This Febest is not offset. If you don’t remove the LCA for replacing this BJ, aligning would not be needed.

“Ball Joint Front Lower Arm Febest 0320-PL Oem 51360-SZA-A04”. From Amazon.

Ball Joint Front Lower Arm Febest 0320-PL Oem 51360-SZA-A04 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HAPAQQQ/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_glt_fabc_VG089V3YBQP06X68Z4TS

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What is special about this ball joint that Acura won't sell the OEM ball joint and even decent aftermarket manufacturers do not make them? $45 for a BJ is actually not cheap. For similar level of parts, maybe even better, MevoTech sells a complete arm with all BJ and bushings for $90.
 

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What is special about this ball joint that Acura won't sell the OEM ball joint and even decent aftermarket manufacturers do not make them? $45 for a BJ is actually not cheap. For similar level of parts, maybe even better, MevoTech sells a complete arm with all BJ and bushings for $90.
I believe the ball joint and lower arms in the MDX are in such a way that once the parts are separated, the structural integrity of the arm diminishes. on The 4G TL, you are supposed to replace certain parts after the ball joint has been removed more than 1 time as it will not grip the joint properly and lead to failure.

Sucks for us with the ADS suspension as we have the stupid ride height sensors to deal with.
 

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That's not a good excuse. Some Toyota and Honda use three bolts to attach BJ (small) assembly to arm. Very easy. This is just unfriendly design.

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Let’s remember our LCA is aluminum alloy, not the common steel casting. I am only familiar with my MDX and my BMW with aluminum alloy LCA and in both cases the BJ is integrated to the LCA. All other cars I have had with separate BJ were steel casting LCA.


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Thanks! Didn't realize these are aluminum.

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with my 760, I bought new bushings for front control arms and the aluminum arms were no longer round but oval after 20K miles! Left everything apart and ordered new arms for the front from FCP euro with lifetime warranty and never looked back.
 

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Dorman is famous for bad parts. I won't bet on it. For aftermarket parts, I had good experience with Beck Arnley.

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Dorman is famous for bad parts. I won't bet on it. For aftermarket parts, I had good experience with Beck Arnley.

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^agree many parts are of terrible quality from them. One member here went through 3 drive-shafts for SH-AWD MDX and they all vibrated.
 

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Acura did the same thing for my RSX, only selling whole assemblies for 3x the price when all I needed was a ball joint.

My local Honda-mechanic told me Acura does that often, and got an exact match to my RSX by sourcing a Civic OEM balljoint. Not sure what his reference was but he assured me the balljoint was identical, and it worked fine. Look for a local independent honda mechanic, they may be able to find that a Pilot or Odyssey balljoint that matches the MDX.
 

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Acura did the same thing for my RSX, only selling whole assemblies for 3x the price when all I needed was a ball joint.

My local Honda-mechanic told me Acura does that often, and got an exact match to my RSX by sourcing a Civic OEM balljoint. Not sure what his reference was but he assured me the balljoint was identical, and it worked fine. Look for a local independent honda mechanic, they may be able to find that a Pilot or Odyssey balljoint that matches the MDX.
You said exactly what I want to hear! It is just a BJ from Honda parts bin. What are the model year of Pilot and Odyssey that map to 2nd gen MDX?

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For pilot, it should be from 09-15. Odyssey should be 11-17. I bet it's better to use parts from Pilot. I just checked out Rock Auto, a single ball joint from Moog is $74. That's not very helpful.



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^agree many parts are of terrible quality from them. One member here went through 3 drive-shafts for SH-AWD MDX and they all vibrated.
Speaking of drive shafts, my front left NAPA brand drive shaft is still holding up pretty good thus far after 15k miles. And I just replaced the front right with the NAPA brand as well.


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Speaking of drive shafts, my front left NAPA brand drive shaft is still holding up pretty good thus far after 15k miles. And I just replaced the front right with the NAPA brand as well.


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you replaced CV axle not a drive shaft.
 

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This is very, very common practice with German vehicles. When a BJ on my Audi A6 needed replacing, the recommended service was to do all four half-shafts at the same time $$$.
 
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