I have had issues with my bushings in the past, and am now on my second set. However, this set is also failing. Maybe this is simply something to be expected but it would be nice to see bushing that lasted a little longer. Mine show wear after only several months and need replacement about every year. RE did send me replacements, but I'd be surprised if their business model was to send replacements every year to every customer. At some point they must have figured that even their newest ones would last longer than a year... I have also experienced some rubbing on the rear passenger bumpstop due to the track bar bolt contacting this pad. Leaning that bumpstop pad forward seemed to do the trick.
Having said that, I am pleased with how this kit performs on and off road. It does allow for a very smooth ride and excellent handling with very little body roll. I have yet to find a kit in this price range that has given me this type of performance. As all of these kits that I have seen are limited by shock travel, lack of flex has not been an issue. If I end up doing some extreme setup with 16" coilovers, it'll probably be completely custom and involve a 3 link of some sort, but for what I do (mainly rocks) this is perfect. The high mount location of the arms is crucial for the type of wheeling I do. I've seen taller Jeeps on bigger tires get hung up on ledges due to low hanging mounts where I have not had an issue.
After extensively looking at the design as it was installed on the Jeep, it seems like a pretty solid design. The modular front cross member is genius. That would make any tranny or t case work much easier, you wouldn't even have to touch the suspension.
As said previously, every kit has its issues, and maybe the bushing issue is just something that I'll have to deal with (albeit super frustrating
) but as long as my arm mounts aren't ripping sections of my frame out
, I'll consider it a small price to pay for an otherwise superb performing suspension kit.
But seriously [email protected]
, are bushing failures to be expected?