Same song, different verse for this thread. A recent discussion got me thinking about how many different types and brands of rear lower links are out there, so I decided to come up with another list much in the same way as this thread: https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...son-guide.html
Hopefully if anything, this list will help those looking for lower links to be able to find the ones that suit their needs and wants.
Why would you even want a pair of aftermarket lower links might you ask?
There are various reasons:
Strength: If the OE links are hit on rocks, they have a tendency to bend or break, leaving you stranded.
Adjustability: While this is not usually a problem and maybe not even noticeable, if you run 35" tires you might find that your rubbing is located in the wheel wells towards the front or rear of the vehicle at full stuff. Having an adjustable length lower link will make it easy to space your axle back further and reduce rubbing.
Wheel travel: Most people won't see this benefit unless your running long travel shocks in the rear. With a long travel or "superflex on the cheap
" setup at full droop the stock lower links will contact the axle housing, limiting your travel. If you get offset lower links you will gain more travel and not hit your axle at full extension.
-Do not call these simply lower control arms or LCA's. Most people are right into thinking you mean the front lower control arm. This has a tendancy to confuse the **** out of people.
These are "links" or be specific and call them rear
lower control arms.
-The differences in joint types is kinda just personal preference. The Heims are more prone to failure in a corrosive environment while the Johnny joints act as a rubber cushion to reduce vibration transfer. Heim are less maintenance but Johnny are rebuildable. Google for more info.
-Please don't buy any of the solid aluminum ones thinking they are stronger than the steel. They definitely have a nice bling factor though.
-Look into Wild West offroad if you want to be different.
Please feel free to tell me to add something to the list if you know any other brands etc....
As usual, suggestions welcomed.
Click on the attachment below to see it bigger.