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Unread 01-13-2007, 01:28 AM   #1
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Why I regret...no HATE my RK lift purchase.

This is the good.

Ok Check out these pics. Tons of flex(with uptravel limited to 2 inches!).
No noise from joints after over a year of once a month(if not more)hard wheelin. T
Strong links.
Can't think of anything else





This is the bad.

Right after install I tried to grease the joints. Broke off about 4 zirk(sp) fittings trying to remove the gun after shooting with grease. There very weak and break leaving threads in joint.(Means you must tear joint apart to remove and then drill for a more common size) There an odd size that I couldn't find a better grade to replace with. Thus I will have to tear apart every joint then drill and retap so I can use a quality zirk.Notice broke one in joint pic.
Same pic notice the lack of clearance for the joint to have full movement. Kinda hinders the point of the joint and high mis washers.



The next problem was the Track bar and bracket.
The drop bracket(to line up with the drop pitman arm) would not stay tight. It would come loose every 2000 miles or so causing a dead spot in the steering. This was increased by the fact that RK used a heim at one end of the track bar!?(why would you need the movement of a heim in the track bar?)Thus causing even more sloppy manners. I assume it was there cheap way to make the track bar adjustable(just thread one end and throw a heim in it instead of the extra work of a bushing, sleeve, and collar setup.)
I fixed this problem by removing the drop bracket,reinstalling the factory pitman arm and using a KOR adj. track bar. (thanks Kev.)
The bad that came with the Fix. Less flex. Know I also had to add limiting straps to keep from binding my steering. I understand why RK added the drop bracket and pitman. To let it flex. Kinda pointless if done wrong though. The lose in flex was well worth life without wobble on the road.
My only pic. The RK **** in the corner rusting away. I would not sell it to an enemy.


My next BIG problem. The weak high missalighnment washers. Broke one on the rear and welded it up. Ordered more. Then started replacing them as they cracked. Wasn't a big deal until about 2 days ago when going down the road around here and all of a sudden CRAZY WOBBLE starts in. What happen you ask. Well a front high mis washer shattered(I assume, it was nowhere to be found) This allowed almost an inch of slop for one of my front joints. I hit a pot hole and that was enuf to get it wobbling. This is what made me decide to write this thread. I was so glad I was doing 25 and not 65. Here's a pic of the one I welded(before I got the replacements) and a broken one I took out during regular maintnance.


This last one is not a real problem but. Just thought I'd show it.


When I called RK originally about the high mis washers they were happy to SELL me more.
I just felt I should post this thread since I've posted my liking the RK in the past. I just thought I should say something now that I've lived with it for awhile.
Comments welcome.
Thanks H3RESQ
P.S. I hope all can understand this. I'm not much of a writer.

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Unread 01-13-2007, 01:46 AM   #2
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oh boy, wait until dean reads this one...
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Unread 01-13-2007, 02:57 AM   #3
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Unread 01-13-2007, 08:26 AM   #4
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H3,you gave me a little hope when you liked your rk lift,only becouse i have one of there kits sitting in my garage waiting to go on.Good luck working out all the bugs in there kit.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 08:38 AM   #5
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well you have a sick looking jeep nonetheless.

just thought id throw in a positive
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Unread 01-13-2007, 08:40 AM   #6
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Thats for all the "consumer" reports...
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Unread 01-13-2007, 09:35 AM   #7
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So much for they've "fixed their act"....I guess throw them back up with KMA.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 10:21 AM   #8
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Going through that many high mis washers is pathetic (on their part) they shouldn't "sell" you more. Can you find any other that are high quality with the same dimensions?
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Unread 01-13-2007, 10:21 AM   #9
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RK is prob good for MCers only not for people who actually wheel

that sucks hope they help you out.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 10:47 AM   #10
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oh boy, wait until dean reads this one...


And here I am!

This is just the begining of a long line of headaches man.

I devoted a thread the the hating of this company on JF.

Made such a stink a dude from RK join JF just to save face.

Replace all the RK joints with Johnny Joints.

No matter how much grease you jam in there... they will go bad.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 10:50 AM   #11
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When I called RK originally about the high mis washers they were happy to SELL me more.
Yup, they are scum bags.

They were plenty happy to sell me parts to correct thir mistakes as well.

Feel free to add the RK haters club line to your sig.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 10:51 AM   #12
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The sad thing Dean is that guys/gals will see this post and continue to purchase RK stuff just to save a buck or two...
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Unread 01-13-2007, 11:34 AM   #13
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I bought mine before i ever looked on a jeep forum,just searching for wj lift kits.Yes it was 1/2 the cost of claytons kit.Kind of stuck with making it work now.That is one of the reasons it has been sitting in my garage for a year. Any help from guys that actually had to deal with one of there kits,like H3,and GD could help all of us out that made the mistake of buying a RK lift.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 12:33 PM   #14
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Just a warning with those "Tri Link" from control arms.

all stress is on that little weld on the driver's side CA.

It will break, sooner or later.

I had my front axel snap off the front of the Jeep doing 70 down the highway.

This thread is reminding me why I wanted to sell the damn thing now.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 12:52 PM   #15
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This thread is reminding me why I wanted to sell the damn thing now.
Take a deep breath Dean and go back to sleep this is just a bad dream your having
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