Have been preparing to do a major and long overdue front end maintenance job: LCAs, Wheel bearing and hub assemblies, tie-rod ends, sway bar bushings and drop links/end links. Might have to remove and replace a CV axle. Been reviewing a lot of relevant threads and reading a few new ones. Thanks for the sharing guys in all the threads I have been reading; this is an ambitious remove and replace for me.
I have some questions about bushings and camber bolts and manufacturer quality/reliability. The 2006 X is stock, no lift. I want it to remain that way. I transit lots of heavily wash-boarded logging rods and old skidder trails but do not mud bog or rock crawl and typically park and hike or canoe. Occasionally I scale a steep loose rock slope, that is the limit of it. Needless to say, the X always comes through in style. Always.
Lower control arm (LCA) Camber bolts
A poster or two have opined that Nissan makes the best camber bolts. My local Nissan dealership sells them at C$33 each, washers C$9.28 each, nuts C$2.60 each. I would require a set of 4 at minimum for C$179.52. PRG sells a Nissan Alignment Cam Bolt Kit for C$92.39, Nissteclifts.com sells a Front Camber Bolt Kit - Full Set for $84.99. Autopartsway.ca sells the Moog K80276 Cam bolt kit for C$37.82.
What would you folks recommend? Spend the money and get Nissan bolts?
Front Sway bar bushings
The Titan poly bushings are recommended by some. But is not the diameter of the stock X sway bar 32mm while the stock Titan sway bar is 34mm?
It is recommended to apply synthetic lubricant to the poly bushings. Would white lithium grease work? I ask because I have it. Would not a silicon-based grease be better? Please make specific recommendations if you have any.
Should I get new bushing brackets if I go the Titan bushings route?
During most of my readings I have been labouring under the impression that Moog, for example, makes quality, durable parts. Then I come across this thread started by VMBiohazard entitled Tie Rods Shot within 6 Months?
in which he and several others offered a fair bit of anecdotal evidence to suggest that Moog tie rod ends quality had sharply declined.
Avoid Moog for tie-rod ends? Should I avoid Moog for LCAs, Wheel Bearings and Hubs, sway bar end links, etc., too?
If I am willing to pay more for more consistent quality and durability, what brand names should I be focused on?
FWIW, I buy 2nd hand vehicles so I can outfit them with expensive quality parts such as Bilstein shocks and Michelin LTX tires. Sounds kinda silly but I think it makes good sense.