Testing rear tri-link bushings

Discussion in 'KJ General Discussion' started by tommudd, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. tommudd

    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    A few months ago I started cleaning out old parts, that came to me by way of trading , buying boxes of KJ parts etc , ANYWAYS
    had two sets of bushings, ball joints for a rear tri link.
    As most know I run the JBA bolt on , but thought I would test these out.
    First set were unknown , just know they were bought online on ebay.
    Installed in a spare tri-link and installed, rode well at first , more give but most would of liked that I suppose, after 45-50 days starting getting looser in turns etc and by 60 days removed,
    Next set , already had them installed in another one, were Moog. Felt good, tight, no noise, and have done well up until the last couple of weeks. ( been on for about 4 months at this point ) getting noisy , wonky feeling in turns , just not good anymore
    Last night swapped the JBA bolt on back in, oh man what a difference, tighter, more responsive, handles better, rides great and no noise like some mention which I could never figure out. ( had a noise for a while but was e-brake cable hitting it, nothing more.

    So in the end, is it worth rebuilding them, from my point of view, big NO!
    Just as buying cheap ones isn't worth it either
    Of course some say I am bit hard on take offs etc , can't help it, when I see a green light, I go back to drag racing days, punch it !!LOL
     
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    Thanks Tom, when my boomerang poops itself (which it probably already has) I'll be going bolt on. The way I see it if Mopar is the only tri-link replacement worth buying, why not spend a few bucks more for the bolt on.
     
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    Then there is me with an iron man lift, and a moog rear upper arm that has been on there for 3 years and 20k miles just fine.
    Thought it was going out, nope my jba extension bracket was loose.
     
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    That's awesome you've gotten some life out of that. I pressed some Moog bushings and a ball joint into mine a few years back and haven't noticed any problem, but I figure the degradation would be slow so I may not have noticed over time. I'll be doing rear brakes soon and will inspect at that time. I figure it might not be super noticable unless your used to something solid like Tom's bolt on.