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Old 01-06-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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JKS or RC bar pin eliminators?

I blew both upper bushings on my rear skyjacker hydros. I ordered Skyjacker Nitros and pin bar eliminator kit to prevent this issue in the future. I have both the JKS and RC bar pin eliminators ordered and will provide feedback on design and perceived quality, the set I dont use will be returned.

Does anyone who has either of these installed have any feedback?

btw, I will be checking my bumpstops for the correct length during install

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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I ordered Skyjacker Nitros and pin bar eliminator kit to prevent this issue in the future.
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Does anyone who has either of these installed have any feedback?

btw, I will be checking my bumpstops for the correct length during install
You should fix the bumpstops first. It's a pretty safe bet the blown bar pins have nothing to do with the bar pin design itself. You were bottoming out the shocks, which is exactly what destroyed the bar pins.

The bar pin design isn't the problem. You don't need bar pin eliminators, they're more hastle than they're worth, and they actually increase the amount of the bumpstop extension needed...reducing your suspension uptravel.

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Old 01-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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I got the JKS ones for the rear upper, easy to install and work well, very well made. they came with allen head mounting bolts and i replaced them with hex head bolts. I figured the allen head bolts would pack with mud and just be a pia for future removal. Overall im happy with them and will buy the ones for the front..
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I have the Rough Country Rear Uppers. I have had them installed now for a few years, no issues and are holding up well. For the price, cant be beat. Very easy to install.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:39 PM   #5
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You should fix the bumpstops first. It's a pretty safe bet the blown bar pins have nothing to do with the bar pin design itself. You were bottoming out the shocks, which is exactly what destroyed the bar pins.
I reallized that The bump stop extentions were never installed. They will be put in at the same time as the new shocks. I agree that this is what blew the shocks

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The bar pin design isn't the problem. You don't need bar pin eliminators, they're more hastle than they're worth, and they actually increase the amount of the bumpstop extension needed...reducing your suspension uptravel.
The bar pins are intact, it was the bushings that elongated and allowed the shock mount to come off the bushing. After looking at it closely I decided that the bar pin eliminator would contain the bushing and prevent lateral movement of the shock at the mount.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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Just replaced my BP's with JK eliminators after I had one bust on the passenger side. Pretty easy install if you have the tools. Will repost after they've been in use a while.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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I would go with JKS
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:41 PM   #8
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*update* I ended up going with the rough country units

The jks parts were very solid and seamed like quality units. the reasons I chose not to use them was the allen head bolts that secure them to the frame and the price. I could have gone out and picked up new bolts myself but they were allready twice the cost of the rc parts.

The rough country bpes were also solid units. They utilize the factory bolts to secure them to the frame and make future shock replacement a fare easier task. The only downside with them is that you lose about 1/2" of uptravel on the shocks.

After getting the jeep up on a lift and measuring the rear suspension travel it turns out that the rear bumpstops were suficient with 3" extentions which were installed allready (fronts were not). I came to the conclusion that a combination of the upper bushings wearing out and the lateral pressure on the shocks due to the lift caused the shocks to eventually fail.
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I'm going with the RC. I don't mind losing 1/2" of travel, because I'm not off road that much. My Skyjacker shocks are still intact, but the bushings are toast and the rattling sound is nuts. The design on the JKS looks overly complicated to me.

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