post #331 of Old 08-01-2013, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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I got some tie-downs and ratchet straps from Lowe's the other day to be able to secure the spare and other things in the tub. I put a tie down in each corner of the bed.


Also because of a shipping error I am missing my clubs annual wheeling event to RC this weekend because my Metalcloak CA's won't be here, and I don't want to risk ripping my other front lower axle side mount off with the RC arms. Sucks because that was my only chance to wheel this summer.

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post #332 of Old 08-09-2013, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Got the MC arms in the other day.





I was able to swap out the front 4 arms Wednesday. As the following pictures will show, the RC arms flex-joints and bushings gave out within the 3 years they were on, even with being greased.



It's hard to tell in this picture but this bushing is all cracked and ruined.


This is a video showing the play in the driver side upper flex-joint. Obviously this contributed to my rough ride.


My front driver side UCA bushing on the axle end isn't helping:




Front arms in:



I took it for a test drive Wednesday night with just the front set swapped. It was a dramatic difference in ride quality. The front end floated over bumps in the road, and the rear still took jarring hits.

Yesterday I was able to swap the rear arms out.



Here is a picture of the old, POS RC arms.



Also, an interesting difference between the arms. Look at the size of the shank for the RC UCA's vs. the MC. I always thought they looked small, but figured it may just be that way for all manufacturers. Obviously not..



After getting the rear arms in, I drove it again and the difference is amazing. I finally feel like I have a great ride and it just absorbs the bumps in the road. I don't receive jarring shocks each time I go over a pot hole. The Duroflex joints provide a much better ride than the RC poly bushings and X-Flex joints. Also, I probably won't have to worry about ripping a CA bracket off now because these are softer than the poly bushings in the RC arms. I can ride comfortable in the Jeep now.
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post #333 of Old 11-12-2013, 10:07 PM
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Looks good man

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post #334 of Old 11-14-2013, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Looks good man
Thanks

Haven't done much lately since being at school. Switched the soft top out for the hard top when I went home a few weekends ago.

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I wanted to paint my YJ fenders with the duplicolor aerosol paint cans also. How many ounces did u need to paint 1 fender?
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It's been a long time since I've updated this. I think it was about a year ago I had another case of DW with the front track bar. Got a new bushing and new bracket and that fixed it. I'm really wanting to start driving the Jeep more again in the summer and actually wheel at least once this summer. Recently, I sold the hard top, bought the Currie JJ front housing kit, and a new Metalcloak front track bar & stock pitman arm to get rid of the RC crap. That will leave one piece of the RC suspension left on the Jeep (minus the springs) - the rear track bar, but I haven't had any problems with that.

I'm trying to get the front end all tightened up to cure any problems and prevent future issues. Today I got the Currie front housing JJ kit in:




I think the clevite bushings would've lasted a lot longer Now my arms are entirely MC Duroflex or Currie JJ's



Next up is taking the RC front track bar, drop bracket, and drop pitman arm off to be replaced with the MC piece and stock pitman arm. The trackbar is supposed to be here Monday, and I'm busy next weekend, so I'm shooting for two weekends from now hopefully. The 5/8" frame side hole seems like it'll be fun to drill so we will see.

This summer I may also try to replace the ball joints and I think I need some new TRE's in the steering.
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