Bar Pin Eliminators
way through an easy trail, my Jeep developed a squeaky rattle that
quickly turned into a harsh thumping at the rear as I went over any
size bump. After close examination of all my skid plates and suspension
components, I noticed that my passenger side rear shock had worked
it's way out of the upper bushing!! As many Jeepers know, this is
a common problem with the lousy OEM bar pin design. The way to fix
it and prevent it from happening again? Bar pin eliminators or BPE's.
You Will Need
JKS Bar Pin Eliminators
• Metric Socket Set/Wrenches (13mm, 15mm, 18mm, 19mm)
• Ratchet Extension
• Bench Vice or Vice Grips
are for the installation of BPE's on the rear of a TJ only but I can't
imagine it being to much different up front. I didn't get any for
up front because I'm not having any problems with them yet and they
are pricey. Anyway, here's what you need to do:
1. Park on level ground and
spray your shock bolts with some PB Blaster.
under the back of your Jeep and remove your existing shocks. A ratchet
extension will really help out to reach the upper mounting bolts.
3. Hold your shock and
smack the end of the bar pin with a hammer or on ground a couple
of time to shove most of it out the other side. Then, clamp the bar
pin in a bench vice or vice grips and extract it from the bushing.
Repeat this process with your other shock.
4. Slide the cylindrical
pin section of the BPE into the shock bushing as far as you can. Then,
tap the end of it with a hammer or on the ground until it's as centered
as possible in the bushing.
slip the two blocks on either end of the bushing and then place everything
in a bench vice. Slowly compress the ends until the holes line up
with the holes in the pin and then slip the mounting bolts and lock
6. Release the vice,
take the whole thing assembled underneath your Jeep and re-install
7. Repeat steps 3-6
for the opposite side.
NOTE: I bought my JKS
BPE's used on eBay for $20. If there are any parts that I didn't install,
it's because mine didn't come with them. Please let me know if you
have any questions.