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Unread 08-01-2013, 02:33 PM   #331
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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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Unread 08-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #332
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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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Unread 11-12-2013, 10:07 PM   #333
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Looks good man
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Unread 11-14-2013, 10:57 PM   #334
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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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