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kings97tj 11-16-2010 11:42 PM

TJ Control Arm Bushings???
 
I need new bushings for my control arms. I have a Rubicon Express lift kit with heim joints in the arms and was curious if I need a special bushing, or if I can use the regular poly bushings??? Thanks!

UnlimitedLJ04 11-17-2010 08:03 AM

RE's arms have different bushings depending on the generation/when they were built. At some point they used factory Clevite's, and at some point they switched to their own bushings. The RE bushing don't have a good reputation....they crap out in a few months.

Post some pictures of the arms so we know what your dealing with.

NickM 11-17-2010 12:55 PM

Kind of related-Pro Comp arms-anyone know what their tubular arms take? Really don't want to pay 100 bucks for bushings and sleeves from Pro Comp if there is something generic and less expensive that will fit.
Going to go with something JJ'd at some point but can't afford new arms at this time.

Nick

kings97tj 11-17-2010 03:26 PM

Ok, Ill try to get some pics up of the arms.

AzTJ 11-17-2010 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NickM (Post 881171)
Kind of related-Pro Comp arms-anyone know what their tubular arms take? Really don't want to pay 100 bucks for bushings and sleeves from Pro Comp if there is something generic and less expensive that will fit.
Going to go with something JJ'd at some point but can't afford new arms at this time.

Nick

Just going to need to take one out and take some measurements. There are a lot of companies out there that make basic bushings, like Daystar for example. But you'll need measurements of the outside diameter and bolt hole diameter.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kings97tj (Post 881387)
Ok, Ill try to get some pics up of the arms.

If they look like little but cheeks...
You'll need to get their bushings.
http://rubiconexpress.com/Images/Pro...RE3704/324.jpg

rrich 11-17-2010 05:07 PM

If you are referring to the big "heim type" joints the RE's are unique.
They can be disassembled and rebuilt easily.
It helps to have their tools - 2 sizes.

Simply loosen the lock screw, unscrew the side cover. Inside is 2 nylon pieces and a ball with a bushing through it, if badly worn they are replaceable from RE, not expensive at all.

Lube them up good with a quality grease and reassemble.
There is a Zerk to shoot grease in, make sure the passage is clear - run a small drill bit down through the Zerk's hole to make sure the hole is open all the way to the ball so the grease can get all the way in.

Be sure to tighten the lock screw.

Properly greased and kept tight they should last a very long time.

I love them. About every 10,000 miles or when they get noisy they should be greased and tightened a little with the tool.

They did have a problem with the standard type bushings a couple of years ago, but that problem has been solved.

Caution - never use regular grease on rubber bushings - the hydrocarbons in the grease destroys the rubber. Always use a soap type or silicone lubricant on rubber.


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