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RK LCA bushing replacement

Rather than replace the bushings on the frame side of my RK long arms for a 4th time. Has anyone ran across a solution to replace the bushings with something stronger that is drop in?

I have looked at the builder joints from MC. If I cut the ends off and drilled a 1.5" hole, that would only leave 3/16" wall. Not sure I feel comfortable with less than 1/4" wall.


The other option would be the MC housings. Same thing cut off and weld these on. Not sure if it would change the length of arm by cutting off and re-welding these on.



So any other ideas are welcome. Thanks!

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If you make a big enough deal about it rock krawler will send you new arms....
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Ha Ha. We did that for you because of the washer situation and wanted you to have good parts. LOL. We threw away all the washers as they were mixed and ddi not want to run the risk of having any other bad service parts leaving the building. Those washers were only for service as they have not been used for over a year in production...

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Rather than replace the bushings on the frame side of my RK long arms for a 4th time. Has anyone ran across a solution to replace the bushings with something stronger that is drop in?

I have looked at the builder joints from MC. If I cut the ends off and drilled a 1.5" hole, that would only leave 3/16" wall. Not sure I feel comfortable with less than 1/4" wall.


The other option would be the MC housings. Same thing cut off and weld these on. Not sure if it would change the length of arm by cutting off and re-welding these on.



So any other ideas are welcome. Thanks!
Give us a shout to go over you application. We are more than happy to help you out. If you are doing 1 ton swaps be careful with the ends you chose as none of the bushing or hemispherical joints available work with them and will cause more issues down the road.. We offer different arm configurations for different applications so give us a shout... 518-270-9822.

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I'm not looking for free parts... But I would like a solution to fix these bushings that last 3 days wheeling.

I will admit that I am hard on them. I have ran some of the toughest trails out there in my poor JK. She has been on all the Montrose trails, Carnage Canyon, Independence and Patriot, Pritchett,....

I was hoping someone came up with a drop in solution, looks like a little cutting and welding is in my future.

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I'm not looking for free parts... But I would like a solution to fix these bushings that last 3 days wheeling.

I will admit that I am hard on them. I have ran some of the toughest trails out there in my poor JK. She has been on all the Montrose trails, Carnage Canyon, Independence and Patriot, Pritchett,....

I was hoping someone came up with a drop in solution, looks like a little cutting and welding is in my future.
What configuration are you running under you jeep?

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Give us a shout to go over you application. We are more than happy to help you out. If you are doing 1 ton swaps be careful with the ends you chose as none of the bushing or hemispherical joints available work with them and will cause more issues down the road.. We offer different arm configurations for different applications so give us a shout... 518-270-9822.

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Here is my list.

2007 JKU
5.5" RK Long Arms
5.7 Truck Hemi
Atlas 4.3:1
79 Dana 60 front
01 AAM 10.5 (14 bolt) rear
41.5" Pitbull Rockers

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What configuration are you running under you jeep?

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Ha Ha. We did that for you because of the washer situation and wanted you to have good parts. LOL. We threw away all the washers as they were mixed and ddi not want to run the risk of having any other bad service parts leaving the building. Those washers were only for service as they have not been used for over a year in production...



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Glad you took that for what it was, a joke, and didn't seem to be offended!



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2007 JKU
5.5" RK Long Arms
5.7 Truck Hemi
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79 Dana 60 front
01 AAM 10.5 (14 bolt) rear
41.5" Pitbull Rockers
Are you running the Artec mounting system for the front?

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Are you running the Artec mounting system for the front?

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No, I built this before Artec released there products for the JK. I put the axles and long arms in over 4 years ago. I used a TNT truss and brackets for the front axle and a Barnes truss with Synergy brackets for the rear.

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You're blowing bushings out because the arms are in a bind if the mounts on the axle are wider than the mounts at the frame. You need arms with joints on both ends and you'll solve this issue once and for all.

You're going to blow anyone else's bushings out just the same if the above is actually how the arms are sitting in the vehicle.


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Give us a shout so you can start a dialogue with one of our techs and we can check it all out for you and provide assistance.. It might be as easy as cutting off the end and putting a Pro Flex End on if the alignment is pretty good.

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You're blowing bushings out because the arms are in a bind if the mounts on the axle are wider than the mounts at the frame. You need arms with joints on both ends and you'll solve this issue once and for all.

You're going to blow anyone else's bushings out just the same if the above is actually how the arms are sitting in the vehicle.
That is a good point. I am running 3/4" difference between axle and frame side. So not exact, but very close. Shouldn't be more than a degree or two in separation.

RK I will give you guys a call. Thanks!

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