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Hey everyone, here’s a press release on Expedition One’s newest FJ Cruiser product.




We decided to come up with the ultimate in function and quality when it came to designing our lower links. After much research, we came up with a configuration that offers ultimate performance in the off-road arena, retains good ride quality on and off-road, and is long lasting and rebuildable.

The main body of the Expedition One lower control arm links are 1.5"x0.25wall DOM tubing. The frame side mount is comprised of a greasable urethane bushing to retain stock ride comfort. For the axle side, we use the innovative Jimmy Joint.
The Jimmy Joint is the first rebuildable joint to perform like a heim joint. The high misalignment design provides 60 degrees of total misalignment. That’s more misalignment than many other joints when they are combined. The Jimmy Joint is extremely durable. Each body is machined from a solid piece of heat treated 4140 steel. They are then plated with black zinc for superior corrosion resistance and a unique look. The pivot ball is machined from 303 stainless steel and carefully inspected for proper size and roundness. Races are precision molded from bearing grade Nylatron® GS. Jimmy joints have been used for years in the hard-core rock crawling circuit, and have done time in the Baja 1000 as well.

Our links also retain the stock galvanized bolts, and are available bare or powder coated black.... Custom colors are available as well
Price Bare: 429.95
Price including powder coat: 459.95
Shipping is Scheduled to begins in 3 weeks…


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Very very nice!

Would it be possible to align the grease fitting on the jimmy joint with the hole in the upper side of the rear axle bracket?

Thanks,
Shawn
 

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I know Jimmy Joint has a greasable bolt option. I believe the greasable bolt is cross drilled to allow the greas to flow out of the bolt and into the bushing. Have you looked at that instead of the zerk fitting that is hard to get to?
 

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I know Jimmy Joint has a greasable bolt option. I believe the greasable bolt is cross drilled to allow the greas to flow out of the bolt and into the bushing. Have you looked at that instead of the zerk fitting that is hard to get to?

I'll ask them about that today and see if that is a better option....
 

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I'm not sure I understand your question?.....
If radial movement is what you are achieving and limiting to 60 degrees with the jimmy joint there would be no limit if you let the thread that connects the control arm to the connecting member on the diff. swivel. Hope I said that right.
 

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If radial movement is what you are achieving and limiting to 60 degrees with the jimmy joint there would be no limit if you let the thread that connects the control arm to the connecting member on the diff. swivel. Hope I said that right.
Everything has a tolerance. A thread that is allowed to move radially will also move slightly longitudinally (or whatever the proper geeky tech term is). That would trash the threads very quickly, I think. You could move to a tapered bearing of some sort, but the cost would be too high (probably). I'm mostly talking out my butt right now, but that's what came to mind.

Btw...I like these links. Good job.
 

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If radial movement is what you are achieving and limiting to 60 degrees with the jimmy joint there would be no limit if you let the thread that connects the control arm to the connecting member on the diff. swivel. Hope I said that right.
1 Bored Clerk Pretty much has it right, though I know of several companies that do use that type of set up but the majority of them do not last very long. There are ways to make them last longer, but the big issue is the movement that happens with the axle. Not only does it twist but it does move side to side at the same time.
 

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very nice... when is production or shipping starting
 

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any luck on the relocation the the grease fitting?

thanks

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Very very nice!

Would it be possible to align the grease fitting on the jimmy joint with the hole in the upper side of the rear axle bracket?

Thanks,
Shawn

I'll ask them about that today and see if that is a better option....
 

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SCHWEET!!! A Little on the pricey side, but schweet nun the less!!
 

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any luck on the relocation the the grease fitting?

thanks

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Briareos previously said:
Very very nice!

Would it be possible to align the grease fitting on the jimmy joint with the hole in the upper side of the rear axle bracket?

Thanks,
Shawn

I should find out tomorrow. The manufacture of the joints has been out of town all last week and just got in this week...
 

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cool, thanks for the reply...
 

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I know Jimmy Joint has a greasable bolt option. I believe the greasable bolt is cross drilled to allow the greas to flow out of the bolt and into the bushing. Have you looked at that instead of the zerk fitting that is hard to get to?
I'll ask them about that today and see if that is a better option....
Any word on this?
 
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