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Unread 02-18-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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RE 2.5 Bushing Question

I just purchased an '83 CJ that has the RE 2.5 lift installed (kit #5530). The leaf spring and shackle bushings are shot and need to be replaced. The back have been done but RE only sells a leaf kit that does front and rear. Has anyone ever replaced their RE spring and shackle bushings with a non-RE product like Energy Suspension or Pothane products. If so do you recall which part#(s)? RE wants $60 for the leaf bushings and I only need half of what I am paying for. The shackle bushings are special order and I haven't priced those yet. I am just looking to see if there is a more cost efficient way to get this done by only purchasing what I need. I appreciate any feedback.

'83 CJ7 258, 4spd
Austin, TX

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Unread 02-18-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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I just bought an Energy Suspension full set of front bushings (leaf and hanger) for my 4" BDS lift. Was about $45. I figure a poly bushing is a poly bushing and the last set of energy ones i used in the hangers lasted 15 years.
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