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    Control arms

    I understand that the different bushings in control arms will give more or less flex and durability, but what about ride? Knowing ride is subjective, is there a noticeable difference between rubber, poly, Dual Durometer or JJ?

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    I donít think youíll see a difference in most in daily driving unless if you neglect to service it appropriately (Johnny joints need to be greased for example). I just put on a set of Metalcloak arms that claim to never need service....TBD after 12 months of driving and wheeling

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    Thanks, thatís kinda what I was thinking. Different companies using scare tactics to by their products. I figured as long as it doesnít make it feel like you are rolling on rocks for tires, the difference should be minimal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firejeep View Post
    I understand that the different bushings in control arms will give more or less flex and durability, but what about ride? Knowing ride is subjective, is there a noticeable difference between rubber, poly, Dual Durometer or JJ?
    Actually, there is a difference you can feel between different types of bushings but for the most part, it not even worth mentioning being that the JL and the JK before comes with body isolators instead of rubber pucks like the old TJ came with. Trust me, I've tested most joints out there and with the exception of rod ends, you probably won't even know there is a difference.

    With that said, I've run Johnny Joints for a very long time and they've proven themselves to be one of the best out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Actually, there is a difference you can feel between different types of bushings but for the most part, it not even worth mentioning being that the JL and the JK before comes with body isolators instead of rubber pucks like the old TJ came with. Trust me, I've tested most joints out there and with the exception of rod ends, you probably won't even know there is a difference.

    With that said, I've run Johnny Joints for a very long time and they've proven themselves to be one of the best out there.
    This Johny joints are solid I didn't grease the one on my jk for over 6 months and beat the shit outta them they still road nice and after cleaning up they were just about brand new and if you do wreck one there supper easy to replace or repair them.

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    Can anyone tell me how Rock Krawler rebuildable joints compare to Johnny Joints as far as durability/maintenance requirements/ease of rebuild?


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    Quote Originally Posted by truckpete View Post
    Can anyone tell me how Rock Krawler rebuildable joints compare to Johnny Joints as far as durability/maintenance requirements/ease of rebuild?


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    Well I haven't had rock krawler control arms, but I did make the mistake of getting there track bars and tie rod on my jk and I'm tightening the joints on track bars religiously, they always loosen off. So I'm assuming there control arms would be the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckpete View Post
    Can anyone tell me how Rock Krawler rebuildable joints compare to Johnny Joints as far as durability/maintenance requirements/ease of rebuild?
    ddays posted this comparison shot of the 2 joints a while back. The size difference of the Johnny Joint alone would be enough for me to want it over the other.

    RK-JJ-Joint Comparison.jpg

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    Seeing this pic, its sad that the JL doesnt have regreasable joints anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGiant View Post
    Seeing this pic, its sad that the JL doesnt have regreasable joints anywhere

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    I don't know. I can totally understand why Jeep doesn't. They only need to make the best possible vehicle they can in "stock" form and for that, bonded rubber bushings are the way to go. They'll last a VERY LONG TIME, require zero maintenance and will stay quite.

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