Chatted with a shop yesterday about maybe doing some of the suspension work I still have to do. Wanted to bring them mostly Mazda OE parts and have them just do the install, if the price was right.
Dude went on a mini rant about the fact that they don't want to use customer-supplied parts because of concerns with quality, fitment, etc. And also because selling parts is part of how they make money. So I asked him what parts he'd use.
He said.... Moog.
You must be me.
I took OEM TOYOTA rear shocks to Firestone (for my 4Runner). I brought them in tagged and bagged as TOYOTA parts with a receipt from the dealer.
Got the same bulls*** that they could be bad quality. I asked if they would source them from the dealer then...I could return what I had. I got a big "NO".
Apparently they make 35% off the cheap ass chinese parts they sell.
And Moog? No one buys Moog anymore. They were ok 30 years ago. Now they are worse than total trash. With OEM, you KNOW it works. It may still have some sort of design flaw...but you should still get mileage out of that part.