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Old October 20th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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what i want to do is run basically a longarm kit from a jeep. all of it will be custom built, and i was planning on running some of the 3.0" ballistic joints on the frame end, and some sort of bushings on the axle end. what i'm wondering if there might be any sort of bindage with this setup? and are the 3.0" overkill and just go w/ the 2.63"? would like to know what other people have done too
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would the 2 1/2 johnny joints be strong enough for a long arm set up?
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what i want to do is run basically a longarm kit from a jeep. all of it will be custom built, and i was planning on running some of the 3.0" ballistic joints on the frame end, and some sort of bushings on the axle end. what i'm wondering if there might be any sort of bindage with this setup? and are the 3.0" overkill and just go w/ the 2.63"? would like to know what other people have done too
Unless you're planning on building a monster truck 3" BJ's are WAY overkill. Using a bushing at one end is fine and will not create binding, it will however limit your articulation. Keep in mind a poly bushing will deflect (rotate) not much more that 10-15*, and ballistic joints and similar joints will most generally allow for 25-30*. So, joints at both ends is the way to go IF the rest of the set-up would be capable of 50-60* of articulation. You will need to look at frame to axle and tire to body clearance on your vehicle to decide.

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would the 2 1/2 johnny joints be strong enough for a long arm set up?
Yes, most set-ups are fine with the 2.563 joints. Just don't set it up with a lot of the threaded stud outside of the link arm. Generally the weakest point in a well built, well designed link system is the link tubing itself. The tubes are fairly long and prone to bending when to much outside forces are applied.

1.5-2" OD DOM tubing with .250 wall is the material of choice for many link set-ups.
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i also plan on running a sort of trailing arm setup in the back, and since they'll be so long, do i really need to run all flex joints or could i get away w/ just running 2 on the frame end and bushings on the axle?
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If you are running this on the road a lot, its been said that bushings on one end are needed/wanted to dampen road vibration. On all of my Long arm setups I have always had bushings on one end and never noticed any limit in articulation. Basically you can do what your budget allows.
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