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post #1 of 11 Old 11-06-2013, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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I take back all of my recommendations of JKS Bar Pin Eliminators

Background: I've run JKS bar pin eliminators (BPEs) since about 2004. The reason I got them is because the shocks from my Rough Country 4" lift kit were coming out of the bushings and clunking when off road.

I've since used them on two other sets of shocks - front and rear. My final opinion is that bar pin eliminators are merely a Band-aid fix for low quality bushings that are not tight enough. If you ever have to replace your shocks, BPE's will make that process extremely difficult. The rear uppers use socket head cap screws (allen key.) They will strip out, you will be cutting, drilling cussing, etc. I've had to do this twice.

Mine are currently rusted beyond any use. I had to cut them off. They are going in the trash. JKS will not honor the "lifetime warranty" because it is a "finish issue."

Advice: Buy shocks that have quality bushings that are pre-installed and you won't need to spend $100+ for BPE's. Avoid them.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-06-2013, 09:50 AM
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I guess you finally figured out why I've given away several sets of them I've had around? I don't and won't use them but not for the bushing issue, but because they are also a stroke robbing band-aid.

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Strange? I've had them on the front of my TJ since 2005 and have been happy with them. We don't live in the rust belt though and that could be a factor. I did have to shim them with small O.D. washers to get the right "crush" on the bushings when running the RE monotubes. The Rancho 9-ways didn't need the shims. The rears are a different story and I wouldn't recommend them, largely due to the aforementioned allen head bolts. I can also see, that in some applications, they would be a mere band-aid to other problems.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-06-2013, 10:53 AM
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stroke robbing
People throw out recommendations all the time on here to put them on and I question how few people really realize this consequence.

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i'm looking for a new front Lower shock mount that i can weld on.

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i'm looking for a new front Lower shock mount that i can weld on.
Why?
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To get away with out the bar pin with out sacrificing length

"always upgraded, never replaced."
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To get away with out the bar pin with out sacrificing length
If you are prepared to modify the lower mount then why not instead modify the top mount to move or modify it?

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That's the end game is to outboard rear and change the front but by first changing the lowers I don't have to buy new shocks.

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post #11 of 11 Old 11-06-2013, 03:53 PM
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