Hey I-Roc, how do u like the jonnyjoints on the RK lift? And whet gen RK lift do u have? U got the 4 link?
I think it is a Gen 1. I sold the ZJ (which I built from the ground up) and bought this WJ. It had the RK kit on it, and had some serious DW problems due to the track bar not being intalled tight. I like to build my stuff, but it was too good of a deal to pass up. I paid $9400 for it with the Kit, wheels, and tires installed. It only had 80k on the clock, this was in 2005.
The kit is a three link up front, but I have been thinking of ordering a fourth arm and just removing that arm when wheeling. Do you have the four link up front? If so, how is the articulation?
The johnny joints are much better than the RK joints, better ride. Due to the angle of the arms, I have JJ on the axle end and the solid poly bushing on the "frame" end of the front arms. I haven't done this to the rear yet, those arms are still just 4 RK joints.
So by rk joints are u meaning hiems? Cause my rk joints are rebuildable and just like johnnyjoints.. My kit had bushings on the frame end. And I the three link. I'd never go 4 cause it rides so solid now that theres no point. Do u have an A arm spacer or a 4 link rear?
I have a rear four link, no spacer. My RK joints are rebuildable as well, the rear arms still all have RK joints. I have just changed the front as that is where you feel it the most.
In comparison, the amount of poly in the Johnny Joints exceeds RK probably tenfold. The RK joints work well, but they dry out very quickly and have very little poly. Really the amount of poly...it is like you are riding on metal, it doesn't have any give at all. My joints had zerks, but there was no way you were actually going to get grease in them. RK actually told me to just use a liquid lube. The first time I rebuilt them I just assembled the joint with lube in it. The RK joints work well, but to keep them properly lubed, you really should dissasemble the joints a couple of times a year to insert new grease. So for a softer ride and easier maintanance, I switched to the Currie joints.
ok i'm gunna have to do that... mine are so stiff and seized up and i've greased mine lots... if you have the RK joints that are rebuildable then you have like a 5 gen lift.. the first ones were hiems... lol ya horrible...
I have heims on teh upper arms, but not the lowers. They are rebuildable, but they use misalignment spacers. I think the newer kits have the spacers actually built into the ball itself. Here is a pic from when I rebuilt mine a while back, the spacers are not in this pic though. You can see that they are needed to space between the joint on each side and the CA mount. It is a pain to get the bolt through the mounting hole, spacer, the joint, another spacer, and the other side of the mount...
Here are the poly mounts I have on the frame side. Before I had RK joints everywhere on the LCA's. Yeah I know, I need new gloves...
And here is an upper arm:
The Johnny Joints had a ton more thread. I had to adjust the other poly end in a bit to keep the arms the length I wanted. I could have cut some length off, but didn't want to deal with that and re-shaping the ends of the threads.
Was informed today that Big Blue sliders were shipped today. Should arrive sometime next week. Also the 2nd update is that my RC X-series lift was shipped today and should be here wednesday of next week. So next weeked sounds like a good time of installing all the new parts for the WJ. Looking forward to it.
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