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GratefulDeadWK 03-31-2014 11:38 PM

Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
I'm going to be replacing the 2 bushings on the front diff and the bracket that holds the front of the front diff up. I've found some OEM spec parts for a little bit cheaper. Think its worth it to go with the aftermarket OEM here or get the real Mopar OEM parts?

Crashtown 04-04-2014 12:04 PM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
If you're gonna do the time & work, you might as well not get cheap with the parts. But I don't know if there is a quality difference between the two. I really want to replace mine, but I heard of one guy replacing his & they failed after 35K. I tried to ask around how everyone else's replacements have been holding up, but no answer.

jeepmanjim 04-04-2014 03:09 PM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
Where did u find aftermarket bushings? I thought there was 3. One bolted on to the front of the diff. And 2 almost inside the casting on it.

GratefulDeadWK 04-08-2014 08:43 AM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
I got Crown Bushings and a Crown front Dif Bracket. I can't see them being any worse then the OEM Mopar if not probally better. Qualtiy looks solid on the parts. I wasn't able to find other buhsings that are made of differnet material, like poly ones.

Has anyone used the crown ones at all?

Pjeepie 04-10-2014 10:52 AM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
We bought our 17-year-old a 2005 WK jeep about six months ago. I got a really good deal on it. But I knew there was a lot of work to be done to get it back to performance level. One of the things I did first was completely rebuilt the front end. New struts, replaced all the ball joints, replaced all the control on bushings.I used XRF ball joints they have a million mile warranty on them. I replaced all the control arm bushings with RAYBESTOS professional grade bushings. I got them from rock auto they had a really good price on them. You have to have all the appropriate tools, because those bushings are pressed in to that control arm. Removing them is not the difficult part, it is getting them back in. One tip or trick that I was taught years ago was to put the new bushings in your freezer overnight it will shrink the metal and makes installing them makes it a lot easier.:)


GratefulDeadWK 04-12-2014 09:17 AM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pjeepie (Post 1006026)
We bought our 17-year-old a 2005 WK jeep about six months ago. I got a really good deal on it. But I knew there was a lot of work to be done to get it back to performance level. One of the things I did first was completely rebuilt the front end. New struts, replaced all the ball joints, replaced all the control on bushings.I used XRF ball joints they have a million mile warranty on them. I replaced all the control arm bushings with RAYBESTOS professional grade bushings. I got them from rock auto they had a really good price on them. You have to have all the appropriate tools, because those bushings are pressed in to that control arm. Removing them is not the difficult part, it is getting them back in. One tip or trick that I was taught years ago was to put the new bushings in your freezer overnight it will shrink the metal and makes installing them makes it a lot easier.:)


Thanks for all your input. I would love to do more front end work but money is a limiting factor and I have a lot of other things that need to be fixed before I can really dig in. Need to do all the front diff bushings and replace the bracket, the CV on the front driveshaft needs to be replaced coming into the transfer case, tranny lines need to be replaced, all dif and t-case fluids changed, new plugs, front pads. I buy the parts and my friend does the work.

JeePerf 01-25-2016 08:17 AM

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Please take a look at this bushing set for the WK front differential when you are ready.

Attachment 64365

They sell on JeePerf.com

griff1455 02-16-2016 11:49 AM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
That is an awesome looking set of bushings. I wish I had known about them when I did mine (2010 WK Limited). Since I couldn't find any aftermarket at the time, I bought OEM and filled them with polyurethane (i used windshield glue cured in the oven). It not only vanquished the clunk, but firmed up the ride immensely.

harricanfloyd 02-20-2016 02:19 PM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
maybe a how to on this?? I have to do my front diff bushings and really I am not looking forward to it.....so far I've see the front diff along with the entire front end taken apart...and someone leaving the CV axles in and swinging the diff down...any advice??

griff1455 02-25-2016 06:02 PM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
The next time I do mine (I'm a high mileage driver) I might do a write up. Although since I modded mine, it may be a while. I just broke loose all the mounts and swing the diff on the axis of the axles. Getting to the bushings was a piece of cake, even on the garage floor. The must haves are an air chisel/hammer and ball joint press. Without them, I wish you the best of luck removing and installing the bushings. If using OEM bushings, I highly recommend filling them with polyurethane (windshield glue in the caulk tube). The ride difference was incredible.

GratefulDeadWK 03-07-2016 11:47 AM

Re: Replacing Front Diff Mount/Bushings OEM or OEM Spec?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JeePerf (Post 1257852)
Please take a look at this bushing set for the WK front differential when you are ready.

Attachment 64365

They sell on JeePerf.com

That bushing that is part of the bracket still needs to be pressed into the OEM bracket correct? It's not a direct replacement is it?

JeePerf 03-07-2016 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GratefulDeadWK (Post 1270631)

That bushing that is part of the bracket still needs to be pressed into the OEM bracket correct? It's not a direct replacement is it?

That is correct. The old one needs to be pressed out and this one pressed into its place.


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