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07-11-2006 01:18 PM
ej's tj
Thanks!

I have been on this forum for a while and this is the best response I have gotten yet, thanks to everyone who replied!!!!!!

After I get some finances squared away that will be a definate upgrade!
07-11-2006 12:14 PM
The Mean Fish
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Originally Posted by redrock4x4
Yeah they definitely had a few earlier on with that design that just weren't right. The rubber would split/crack at first, and wear from there.

They claim they have the issue resolved, and I haven't seen any problems for quite a while with the bushings.

Be sure to call your place of purchase. Don't call RE unless you purchased your arms direct from RE. I know that sounds stupid but that's how their warranty works. RE only handles warranty claims for direct customers, otherwise your dealer will have to handle the warranty claim.

Either way they should be covered under warranty w/o question. I can assure you if they were purchased through us they would be covered.
Man you're good, I called RE and they sent me straight to the dealer where I purchased them but he called them and they're shipping me a new set now. Thanks for the info.
07-11-2006 11:15 AM
redrock4x4
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Originally Posted by The Mean Fish
Thanks, I have the newer style arms with the hourglass shaped bushings, I'll give RE a call. I didn't tighten them until it was on the ground.
Yeah they definitely had a few earlier on with that design that just weren't right. The rubber would split/crack at first, and wear from there.

They claim they have the issue resolved, and I haven't seen any problems for quite a while with the bushings.

Be sure to call your place of purchase. Don't call RE unless you purchased your arms direct from RE. I know that sounds stupid but that's how their warranty works. RE only handles warranty claims for direct customers, otherwise your dealer will have to handle the warranty claim.

Either way they should be covered under warranty w/o question. I can assure you if they were purchased through us they would be covered.
07-11-2006 10:41 AM
The Mean Fish
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Originally Posted by redrock4x4
If your bushings are the hourglass shaped bushings RE uses call RE or your original place of purchase and get a new set. Depending on what's happened they may send you new bushings under warranty. Some, not all, of the early batches were wearing funny. They've since changed the bushings a bit and they've been holding up much better.

Whatever you do, do not tighten the bolts that connect the control arm to the bracket until the weight is back on the vehicle (meaning tires on the vehicle, resting on the ground). Doing so can "preload" the bushings which may lead to accelerated wear. If your tightened your control arms without the weight on the vehicle before, that may very well be why the bushings are shot.
Thanks, I have the newer style arms with the hourglass shaped bushings, I'll give RE a call. I didn't tighten them until it was on the ground.
07-11-2006 10:28 AM
redrock4x4
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Originally Posted by The Mean Fish
I've run the RE super flex arms for about a year now and the rubber bushings are shot, is there another option to that bushing or should I just press some new bushings in and know that it'll happen again soon?
It depends what style of bushings you have and what happened. Is the rubber split, is it chunking out, is the bushing pressing out of the arm, etc??

If your bushings are the press in style with the metal sleeve they are OEM Jeep bushings which typically last for a long time. You can purchase a new set from Napa, press them in, and they should last for a long time. Make sure the new bushings have a rolled center sleeve, meaning you can see a seam where the center sleeve was rolled back onto itself. If you find a set where the center sleeve appears to have been cut from a section of tube and you don't see a seam don't use them. Those have been floating around in circulation over the years and the are the bushings notorious for working themselves out of the arm.

If your bushings are the hourglass shaped bushings RE uses call RE or your original place of purchase and get a new set. Depending on what's happened they may send you new bushings under warranty. Some, not all, of the early batches were wearing funny. They've since changed the bushings a bit and they've been holding up much better.

Whatever you do, do not tighten the bolts that connect the control arm to the bracket until the weight is back on the vehicle (meaning tires on the vehicle, resting on the ground). Doing so can "preload" the bushings which may lead to accelerated wear. If your tightened your control arms without the weight on the vehicle before, that may very well be why the bushings are shot.
07-11-2006 10:13 AM
The Mean Fish I've run the RE super flex arms for about a year now and the rubber bushings are shot, is there another option to that bushing or should I just press some new bushings in and know that it'll happen again soon?
07-11-2006 10:00 AM
newbs I really like the teraflex control arms
07-11-2006 09:49 AM
mrblaine
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Originally Posted by redrock4x4
old timer
Shush, you're supposed to be quiet and not ruin my traps I set for folks.

Actually I did some trading for some stuff and that RE set of uppers with the rod ends on one end was in the batch. I gave them to Scott Hill I think when he destroyed some of his.

I'm glad you know I'm right. That way I don't have to make Scott take a pic and send it to me.
07-11-2006 09:05 AM
redrock4x4
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Originally Posted by mrblaine
So if I show you a set of RE arms with rod ends (Heim Brand) will you apologize for being wrong?
old timer
07-11-2006 07:45 AM
BillR
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Originally Posted by #20 Home Depot
Get the JKS adjustables from DPG. Many have reported HUGE ride improvements after adding them. I started with them(JKS arms) and run RE 3.5" coils and have a nice ride.
x2 on the JKS arms. VERY beefy, great flex and a great ride.
07-11-2006 12:15 AM
mrblaine
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Originally Posted by Polaris
RE does not use heim joints.
So if I show you a set of RE arms with rod ends (Heim Brand) will you apologize for being wrong?
07-10-2006 10:40 PM
redrock4x4
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Originally Posted by jrtdogbone
That's your preference not a fact. The super ride offer a much better on road ride. The super flex joints may offer slightly better flex, but rquire a great amount of maintance.

It about personal preference, everyones is different!
Fact is Super Ride arms will put far more stress on your LCA mounts than the Super Flex arms. Super Flex arms may not necessarily flex anymore, but they will take a lot of stress off the control arm mounts, which are already prone to failure.

Another fact, at least in our area of the world, is that Super Flex joints will out last the OEM rubber bushings on a Jeep that sees any significant trail use. They do require occasional greasing, but I wouldn't call that a great amount of maintenance, especially considering the fact that they should outlast the rubber bushings and they're rebuildable. Old style Tera arms for instance, require what I would consider a great amount of maintenance.

I would also say as a fact that you will notice little to no difference on road between a Super Flex and a Super Ride arm. The names really are misleading. There is a small difference, but most people can't even notice it. I've tried both and I can't tell a significant difference, and I tend to be pretty picky .

I personally wouldn't run a control arm with rubber bushings at each end on a Jeep that sees ANY trail use. I see no benefit on road, and I would expect the bushings to wear quickly or the control arm brackets to fail overtime.

In regards to control arm preference, I like the RE Super Flex arms as well as the Currie Johnny Joint arms.
07-10-2006 10:13 PM
jrtdogbone
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Originally Posted by Polaris
If you decide to go with RE arms I woudn't go with Super-Ride bushings. They put more stress on the brackets which will cause them to fail eventually in comparison to the rebuildable and really flexible Super-Flex joints. Super-Ride joints also offer a much harsher ride in comparison to Super-Flex joints. I run all eight adjustables... great ride!
That's your preference not a fact. The super ride offer a much better on road ride. The super flex joints may offer slightly better flex, but rquire a great amount of maintance.

It about personal preference, everyones is different!
07-10-2006 09:53 PM
Polaris
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Originally Posted by JeepGal
RE adjustables with the Heim Joints

RE does not use heim joints.
07-10-2006 09:51 PM
dirtgrip Currie CA's with Johnny Joints: http://currieenterprises.com/cestore/johnnyjoints.aspx
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