MOOG’s Exclusive Hybrid Core Technology Offers Vital Benefits For Repair Professionals and Consumers
What’s the difference between one supplier’s control arm, ball joint, axial rod or tie rod end and the corresponding part from another source? The most significant differences are often hidden within the part’s materials (steel, aluminum, rubber, etc.) and internal socket design. For example, conventional steering and suspension parts might feature an older-style steel-on-steel socket while others utilize a nylon bearing fitted against a steel ball stud.
Now there’s a third, far more advanced and durable design, available from MOOG. Many MOOG control arms, ball joints, axial rods and tie rod ends feature the brand’s exclusive Hybrid Core Technology, which offers superior strength, performance and safety characteristics. Hybrid Core Technology features an induction-hardened ball stud and carbon fiber-reinforced bearing that together increase product strength, durability and steering precision. These are vital advantages; after all, the interface of the ball stud and bearing sees the greatest stress throughout the life of the component. As these internal surfaces experience wear, the vehicle’s steering system performance can degrade, leading, in severe cases, to potential safety issues.
To help prevent premature socket wear, MOOG uses an induction hardening process that heats the ball stud surface to a precise temperature before the component is then quenched, resulting in a super-hard, martensitic material that offers up to two times the strength and as much as five times the resistance to fatigue for maximum safety and durability. Extensive testing has shown that this proprietary socket technology also reduces the wear-related development of radial deflection, or steering play, by up to 42%.
Mechanics demand parts that fit better and perform better over the long run for their customers. MOOG stands alone in designing and manufacturing replacement steering and suspension parts that offer clear differentiation through best-in-class quality, performance and durability
Robbie De Moor, Steering & Suspension Product Management Lead, EMEA
In addition to offering significantly increased strength and durability, Hybrid Core Technology offers superior friction characteristics as compared to conventional steering and suspension components. By minimizing stud-to-bearing friction, this technology enables more precise steering response, leading to increased safety and driver satisfaction.
So the next time you see two steering and suspension parts from two different suppliers, as yourself what’s at the core of each parts technology, and how do these differences benefit you and your customers. Better yet, ask your supplier to provide these details. We guarantee MOOG will have the answers you’re looking for.
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