|11-18-2009 12:17 AM|
|Schmo||Good luck . . . really seems to be a hit and miss type of thing. Some have the bushings without any issue and others like me have constant headaches. One of the guys I wheel with all the time had almost the same exact set up as I did with poly bushings and his has been fine for a couple years (partly why I went with the kit I went with . . . hey it works good for Rick), but mine were going out non stop . . . drove me nuts. When I started looking on-line, I found out I wasn't alone and now a buddy of mine is going thru the same thing with his RE bushings failing really quickly. Forking over more cash to upgrade what I thought was an upgrade was a big pill to swallow . . . which is why I went thru my fair share of RE's on the house specials before changing them out! It sucks cuz you hear great things about the RE arms from the guys with the old style that had the OEM bushings.|
|11-17-2009 11:09 PM|
Once the new bushings come in I'll see how they sit. Worst case I'll put the stockers back in and try to sell the RE's like you said.
After reading AZ's post about his being fine it makes me wanna just throw the new ones in and hopefully be done. But seeing so many others with problems....ugh..maybe I should just go for the long arm when tax returns come..lol
Well thank you for all the info.
|11-17-2009 10:31 PM|
Your point about the bushings starting to fail within a couple of weeks and after one trip off road is exactly what makes me chuckle when I read comments about the Joints on both ends being a bad idea or leading to vibes and what not . . . Look at the pics and how the RE bushings are completely split in half allowing a half inch worth of play (that clunk your hearing) and allowing the metal of the arm to rest right on the bolt and tell me how a Joint is going to worsen the ride. IMO a working joint is far superior to a bushing that is either failed or failing, which mine always seemed to be.
Seeing that you have a new set of bushings on the way, my advice would be to check how the arms sit in the brackets . . . on mine, it was apparent just by looking at how the arm and the bolt lined up in the bracket that there was going to be pressure on one spot, and even with a brand new bushing installed, you could see it compressing and buldging under the pressure. If you have the same issue, do yourself a favor and sell them while the bushings are new so you can get a decent price for them and upgrade. There's plenty of webwheelers that believe the hype about the double johnny joints that will buy them off you!
|11-17-2009 10:04 PM|
Well actually to be honest...I noticed the bushings were pushing out and cracking the day after a "good" wheeling trip which was only 2 weeks after installing the kit.
Its now, 6 months later that the front end is starting to clunk around because the arms now have "play" in them.
This kinda makes me wish I would have bought REs basic kit without the arms.
|11-17-2009 09:52 PM|
|11-17-2009 09:38 PM|
scratch that idea then, lol.
Hopefully these other rubbers will last longer, or even better maybe last as long as their supposed to. I dont wanna replace bushings every six months.
Would the RE arms accept a OEM style Urethane replacement??
|11-17-2009 09:34 PM|
|AzTJ||KBR97 - No, you'd have to modify the control arm end, remove the bushing part and install a bung to install some kind of johnny joint or flex joint.|
|11-17-2009 09:31 PM|
Well i have new rubbers on the way so I can at least replace whats there.
Anyone know if it would be possible to replace the rubber bushing with RE's superflex joint? Theres one on the axle end of the arm, I wonder If I could just install one on the other end...hmm
Thanks for the links, and the pics...cant wait to pull my bushings out and see what they look like! Mine are less than 6 months old too.
|11-17-2009 08:46 PM|
|03 RUBI||From the tone of some of these replies, the old adage comes to mind: Opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one.|
|11-17-2009 08:18 PM|
|11-17-2009 08:01 PM|
|AzTJ||It's a known issue that Rubicon Express has gotten and continues to get a number of bad bushing batches. I was lucky enough to not get any bad ones. So YES, I believe that bushings are still a good idea.|
|11-17-2009 07:36 PM|
Here's a little light reading for those considering buying control arms with bushings . . .
JK bushings shot after 6k - MJR
Rubicon Owners Forum - View topic - Rough Country's new 4 inch x series
Rubicon Owners Forum - View topic - Rubicon Express Rubber Bushings
And for those that prefer looking at pictures . . .
This is just one set of mine . . . these all had under 3 months on them.
Another guy I know with less than 6K miles on them.
|11-17-2009 05:15 PM|
Ok so does any one else have any more info they can give me? Im getting a few different opinions which are all the opposite of each other.
Its basically a matter of rubber or urethane bushings VS. a control arm with joints on each end. For example the Currie CA's.
Ive been told, like above by AzTJ, that a jeep driven on the road should have at least one rubber bushing. And then I've been told by a few others that bushings on a vehicle that sees offroad should have joints at both ends, like the currie arms.
|11-10-2009 06:07 AM|
|KBR97||Exactly the same things I was thinking.|
|11-10-2009 02:37 AM|
|AzTJ||As far as the person that told you that you don't need bushings, they are a dork. If you drive your TJ on the road at all, you want at least one bushing on the control arm. As far as added vibration, urethane will also limit the flex the control arm will have over rubber.|
|11-10-2009 01:07 AM|
I sent them an email. See what they say.
So besides the possibility of added vibration, is there any other reasons why one might be better. I would think urethanes will be stronger and not push out or crack like rubber ones might.
And I was also just told by someone else that any vehicle that goes offroad shouldnt have bushings at all. And to get joints or new CA's with joints...wtf thats not happening.
|11-09-2009 04:06 PM|
|AzTJ||Rubber absorbs the bumps better than urethane. A urethane bushing will send more of the vibration into the frame and you. There have been issues in the past about RE's rubber bushings (I haven't had any), but it might be wise to contact them and see if they are willing to replace them.|
|11-09-2009 04:01 PM|
School me on CA bushings...
So after having crushed a lower control arm mount, the front end was a little off I guess, and was putting stress on my rubber bushings at the frame. (I have RE superflex lower CA's). I noticed the bushings were cracking and pushing out. Now after having new CA perches welded in, I need to replace the rubber bushings because their so bad I can feel the front end actually moves back and forth when I come to a stop.
My question is why does Rubicon Express use rubber bushings? Wouldn't it be better to replace with urethane?
As far as 4x4 vehicles what are the advantages and disadvantages of both?