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Unread 09-18-2012, 10:02 PM   #16
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Revivied from the dead.. lcoals in my area seem to favor the RC joint because it "gives" better on the road. Apparently lasts longer because it flexes more and absorbs shock?

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Unread 09-18-2012, 10:19 PM   #17
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Revivied from the dead.. lcoals in my area seem to favor the RC joint because it "gives" better on the road. Apparently lasts longer because it flexes more and absorbs shock?
This couldn't be further from the truth.

I have yet to install currie arms on my TJ due to funds not being available , but I just recently helped a buddy of mine install some Rokmen arms on his TJ. His ride improved over the stock clevite bushings. The suspension feels tight and solid, while soaking up bumps smoothly like a proper suspension should.

Edit:It's hard to explain, but if you know how a clevite bushing works, and how a johnny joint works, you would understand why the JJ would give a better ride. More fluid movement instead of the tension of the bushings twisting as the suspension cycles.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 10:19 PM   #18
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Revivied from the dead.. lcoals in my area seem to favor the RC joint because it "gives" better on the road. Apparently lasts longer because it flexes more and absorbs shock?
Read one of the 100 other threads on this. Johnny joints are proven and last with zero maintenance. RC gives for a bit then fails
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Unread 09-19-2012, 07:08 AM   #19
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Read one of the 100 other threads on this. Johnny joints are proven and last with zero maintenance. RC gives for a bit then fails
I get it... im still set on jj's, have been from the get-go. But some of the local guys keep asking why i want jj's. They just dont get it i guess?
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Your locals aren't too bright. At least you're an exception.
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I have the RC upper adjustable front and rears... i needed them in a pinch and got them at a great pricepoint through the RC vendor here on JF in 2 days to get my SYE and lift/ axles properly set up. I have run them a couple times on some medium trails but nothing too difficult- so far so good after 8 months. Greased em up the other day and they are still noise free which is a plus. the clevite bushings are nice and firm still. the joints are easy to put together... this is a great novice/ first lift adjustable arm but above medium to hard wheeling i can see them not holding up... the upper front arm fork where is attaches to the axle is kinda hokey and the tube is not as big or thick as some of the competitors... my joints are still tight from the day i installed them and i can replace them with curries if i so desire. I might replace the joints with curries and cut off the clevites and replace with a currie race and joint and sleeve the tubing with some hrew - again these are only the uppers and do not see the abuse/ rash that lowers see...
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The one guy I know is really nice and everything, but he is absolutely convinced that you need a bushing on one end for road driving. It was one of those situations when you would love to argue because you know you'll win, but decide not to, just to keep everything from getting hostile. I guess when I get my arms this winter (possibly), the jeep will do the talking.
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The one guy I know is really nice and everything, but he is absolutely convinced that you need a bushing on one end for road driving. It was one of those situations when you would love to argue because you know you'll win, but decide not to, just to keep everything from getting hostile. I guess when I get my arms this winter (possibly), the jeep will do the talking.
Yes it will. That guy is uninformed and isn't considering that when you have JJ's on both ends, you have bushings on both ends.
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JJ all the way, once you've driven on a set you will never look at another joint the same ever.

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Wish more around here ran them, I want to see how they ride.
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Wish more around here ran them, I want to see how they ride.
Where in the Lehigh valley are you from? I'm currently running 18 Johnny joints and couldn't be happier. I can wait to get rid of my rc 2.2s for some better shocks but that's a whole other story. A buddy of mine has an 04 tj with currie control arms too. I know what you mean about the skepticism, I'm still trying to convince a friend of a friend that went to wyotech for chassis fab that the Johnny joint is better than a hiem joint on control arms. The guy is an amazing fabricator but he thinks that there's no difference from the currie arms to these arms that another buddy of mine bought from this company called rocky road or something. Im in the same boat as you with not wanting to get into a heated argument, it's just not worth it.
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Where in the Lehigh valley are you from? I'm currently running 18 Johnny joints and couldn't be happier. I can wait to get rid of my rc 2.2s for some better shocks but that's a whole other story. A buddy of mine has an 04 tj with currie control arms too. I know what you mean about the skepticism, I'm still trying to convince a friend of a friend that went to wyotech for chassis fab that the Johnny joint is better than a hiem joint on control arms. The guy is an amazing fabricator but he thinks that there's no difference from the currie arms to these arms that another buddy of mine bought from this company called rocky road or something. Im in the same boat as you with not wanting to get into a heated argument, it's just not worth it.
I live right by Beltzville lake, but go to school in Lock Haven right now. Now that you bring up heims... I''m assuming JJ's in steering are superior as well? Are they much better as a steering joint as they are a CA joint compared to heims?
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I live right by Beltzville lake, but go to school in Lock Haven right now. Now that you bring up heims... I''m assuming JJ's in steering are superior as well? Are they much better as a steering joint as they are a CA joint compared to heims?
As far as the track bar, I believe that the johnny joint is the way to go. Maybe Imped can answer you a little better when it comes to drag link and tie rod about what is best. I don't have much experience to base an opinion on because I'm still running the stock drag link with a ZJ tie rod. If you want to see how the Johnny joint performs, maybe we can meet up at Rausch creek some time and go wheelin together. I was just talking the other day to a friend about how we haven't gone in a while. We also go to a nice area near Centralia/mt Carmel pa.
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I wouldn't run JJ's as steering ends on the drag link or tie rod.....I've never even seen that done, probably because the smallest JJ's would be too big. TRE's or rod ends are better in that application.
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RC Long Arms here. They were installed less than a year ago, and have not been wheeled hard regularly. I have their "new" redesigned X-Flex type bushing that they released because the old ones are having problems.

Well guess what, mine are already hosed in under a year. I got a free set of rebuild kits from them, but you better believe JJ's will be going in those arms sooner rather than later.
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