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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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Problem with Rough Country control arm bushings

So I have a 4.5" RC lift with fixed lower control arms with poly bushings at both the frame and axle end. I replaced them about 2-3 weeks ago because the old ones were shot and the arms were moving quite a bit and clunking on the frame end. Well it rode great for a couple weeks and now they are completely shot again. Haynes manual says the torque specs for the lower arms are 133 ft-lbs. I just tightened the bolts down pretty tight because I don't have a torque wrench but they weren't ridiculously tight.

So I talked to RC and they are sending me a new bushing kit for free. The guy told me not to tighten them down any more than 30 ft-lbs? Not sure about that, I mean they should make a bushing that will last at factory torque specs right? Anyone else have this problem? Thanks.

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Unread 04-18-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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so no one has any advice for me?
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Unread 04-18-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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Do what rough country says. Test it out and let us know if it works. 30lbs seems alittle light for those bolts though.
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Unread 04-18-2009, 09:51 PM   #4
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yeah i just don't want my front axle to end up being my rear axle haha. OEM specs call for the LCA bolts to be torqued to 133 ft-lbs per the Haynes manual. Just seems like kind of a gamble.
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Unread 10-26-2010, 05:33 PM   #5
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I got two rough country lifts one on an xj and one on my tj the xj hasn't been off the dirt road but the tj bushings are shot to I tried getting ahold of rough country but they are just so great at getting back to you, they even sent me two different control arms for my lower on the xj and I got sick of jacking with them and used them I flipped not long ago and the little one bent pisses me off, but yes all their bushings stink I bought a set of poly bushings but they are to big can u give me an idea of were to get some good ones? I want poly, keep jeeping brother
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Unread 10-26-2010, 06:07 PM   #6
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when i did my lift i replaced all control arm bushings with energy suspension
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Unread 01-14-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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I know this is old, but what did you replace them with>? Rough Country says they don't sell bushings and that I need new arms
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Unread 01-15-2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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I had to buy four new ones they cost me 100 bucks
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Unread 01-15-2012, 11:02 AM   #9
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Have you put any thought into switching to a felting or pol-carbonate bushing.
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Unread 01-15-2012, 11:24 AM   #10
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What RC is saying is that the bushing can't be replaced. As in no one sells them poly or other wise. Which just seems super strange. Unless its a one off size
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Unread 01-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #11
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Dunno if RC changed their LCA design at some point, but the adjustable RC short arms I have on my ZJ (same arms used for XJ/MJ/TJ/ZJ) has OEM Clevite rubber bushings on one end, and the flex joints on the other. Should be no problem replacing the bushings with new ones.

IDK if the fixed arms are different or if the older ones were some sort of strange size no-one sells parts to.. Would sound really weird if you couldn't swap the bushings at all
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Unread 01-16-2012, 03:57 AM   #12
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Sounds like its time to cut both bushing barrels off either end and switch to a heim and Uni ball
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Unread 01-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #13
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Here is a shot of some of the ones that are trash and one that has completely come out. They measure 2" across. I was going to take to a Truck shop by my work and see if they have an opinion. It would just seem so strange to have a non replaceable rubber part that is essentially made to wear out. If any one has any thoughts please share. My budget is tight and I would hate to have to spend $130 on new arms if there is a cheaper bushing options on these ones given to me. He has a TJ so I have 4 arms, that's why you see 3 in the pic. It's the part number is the same as XJ arms. thanks
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Unread 01-18-2012, 09:15 PM   #15
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So is it the same bushing in each arm that's wearing out? If it were me I would seriously consider a delron bushing to replace it. Delron is much strong and less resistant to wear. It squeaks a little so white lithium grease is a must. Are the current bushings urethane or vulcanized rubber?
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