As performance enthusiasts, we tend to measure everything; horsepower, weight or elapsed time against hard metrics. That’s fine. Just remember that subjective feedback is equally important. For example, your car or truck should be fun, reliable, and sound “good”. Shocks, suspension geometry and tires contribute greatly to the driving experience. Suspension joints play a major role also. That’s true for bushings as well as rod ends and spherical bearings — the primary focus of this article.
Conventional wisdom suggests that there is no such thing as a perfect suspension joint. All-metal rod ends articulate well, but they’ll make you crazy with noise, vibration and premature wear. Rubber bushings cancel noise and vibration nicely, but inherent deflection hinders performance. Poly bushings resist deflection, but transmit vibration and are prone to binding and squeaking. Delrin bushings are a great alternative to rubber and poly bushings. With the introduction of R-Joints, a revolution is under way.
R-joint rod ends and spherical bearings might be the perfect suspension joint solution. They provide exceptional articulation without binding. R-Joints enjoy a long service life due to the self-tensioning and self-lubricating design. The precision articulation gives your chassis a tight and settled feel. Ride quality is not as cushy as rubber bushings, but subjectively better than poly bushings or all-metal rod ends.
RideTech is so excited about the R-Joint that moving forward, R-Joint rod ends and weld-on bearings are standard equipment on all components such as in 4-link bars, wishbones and panhard bars. You get the best combination of bind-free articulation, high wear resistance and noise-free operation. Pre-existing four links with rod ends can be easily upgraded to R-Joints. Threaded stainless steel and weld-on carbon steel versions are available. Note that on components that rotate around a single axis such as front suspension control arms, RideTech still specifies self-lubricating delrin bushings. The two designs work very well together.
How The R-Joint Rod End Works
R-Joint is a patent-pending rod end design that combines a special self-lubricating composite cage with a stainless steel ball and a wave spring to maintain tension. The design lives within a heavy duty stainless steel rod end casing or carbon steel weld-on casing. The result is exceptional strength and service life.
There is no end in sight for the R-Joint rod end revolution. We recently introduced upper link to axle housing bearings for 1964-1977 GM A-Body and 1978-1987 GM G-Body applications. We also introduced a tool to help press out old factory bushings and press-in your new R-Joint bearings. We will keep dreaming up new ways to use the bearing design.
While RideTech is a performance company through and through, we have made it our mission to help your car or truck feel tight, settled and compliant. We want you to enjoy a great driving experience as your favorite car or truck goes down the road and around corners. Beyond springs and shocks, R-Joint rod ends brings us all closer to that perfect drive.
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