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Old 11-03-2007, 03:26 PM   #1
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RE Control Arms

This came up in a recent thread and I didn't want to hijack it. In that thread, and several others, posters say that they "heard" that the bushings in RE control arms go bad very quickly.

My question is: Has anyone here actually experienced it first hand?

I have 8 RE S/F adjustable control arms on my Jeep and I'm very happy with the performance both on and off road. The lowers are almost two years old and have 35k miles and some fairly decent off roading trips on them. The uppers were purchased used from a friend and had about 50k miles and some pretty hard-core off roading on them. (He went to a long arm lift) All are on their original sets of bushings and they are all still in excellent shape.

I had a guy up in Big Bear tell me I needed to get rid of the RE arms because they were crap and the bushings would go bad. I asked him what he was basing his statement on and he said that he "heard" it from someone else.

I have yet to experience any problems with the RE arms and have not been able to find anyone that has had problems with them. I don't know anyone that has had to replace bushings prematurely, so I'm looking for someone with first hand experience.

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Old 11-03-2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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Buddy ran his for about 6 years before he replaced them... had mine for 2-3 with light DD and some trails.. no issues.. just keep them greased...

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Old 11-03-2007, 05:23 PM   #3
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People who have to have them replaced never grease them. I Have my Adjustable Uppers and fixed lowers. I've greased them 2 times at 2 oil changes and no issues yet.
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Old 11-03-2007, 05:28 PM   #4
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Ditto, no issues here. Just keep up with the maintenance and they should last a long time...
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been wheeling the hell out of mine for over a year no problems and have never heard of anyone else having problems.
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:12 AM   #6
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been wheeling the hell out of mine for over a year no problems and have never heard of anyone else having problems.
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clayton and RK both look solid...

i hear about RE joints and bushings wearing out all the time...although most people are happy with the RE lifts it seems that a lot of the RE CA's that you see for sale always have a bad joint or bushing...the owner will say they replaced it once or twice
You see statements like this made from time to time on many of the boards. (not picking on you here bigjeep, your statement was just a convenient example.) To me "all the time" means "often". Making statements like this, based solely on rumors, is doing a big disservice to the people who come here looking for answers. I'm just sayin'.....
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Yeah - "all the time" can be taken a number of different ways. But the only reason to really have to replace them is neglect or severe abuse.
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You see statements like this made from time to time on many of the boards. (not picking on you here bigjeep, your statement was just a convenient example.) To me "all the time" means "often". Making statements like this, based solely on rumors, is doing a big disservice to the people who come here looking for answers. I'm just sayin'.....
you didn't post the rest of what i said though.

the rest of my post pointed out that there are 2 locals with the RE parts...one had the heim joint (i think) go out on the track bar and the other has replaced the bushings in the arms...and also, they guy with the trackbar also sold his RE arms and in his for sale thread he said they needed new bushings...

and half the time (or at least a quarter of the time) i see RE arms for sale the owner says the bushings or joint need attention.
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quoted from a local forum...this is the local guy with the RE arms

"I only had problems with death wobble when the heim wore out, I replaced it about 6 months ago and its been perfect since."
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ya, I have seen a lot on the internet about the issue, but have never seen it in person
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No problems with my nearly five year old RE SF joints and no problems with my RE heim joints on the trackbars either.
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OK, Jerry et al - how about you guys expressing your opinion about whether to go short arm RE's (adjustable) or save one's shekels for a long arm - which installed will run about 3200 give or take a little, plus a DC shaft (for my Rubicon). Moreover, does one wait until they bend the OEM arms, or go to something stronger and maybe slightly adjustable to make the steering just a bit less squirrely (as it is with a 3" lift plus 1"BL, or at least the distance from the ground tothe base of the body is slightly less than 24"). This is said given that a short arm install might also be the better with the DC shaft and t-case skid plate (with the vendor field a bit smaller these days).

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