Barnes 4wd enduro joint (Who is using them?)

Discussion in 'Axles / Suspension / Tires' started by Jeep_parts, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. Jeep_parts

    Jeep_parts Well-Known Member

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    I was about to purchase several Johnny Joints and then people started telling me about the barnes 4wd enduro joint. From a quick search of the product online, I have not seen many reviews from customers that have ran/used them.

    I would like to know who has personal experience with these joints.

    What are your thoughts on them? Good, Bad

    Would you recommend them to others?

    Please help me and others out that want to know more about these from people who are currently using them.


    Thanks
     
  2. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    I'll be using atleast one on my rear traction bar when I build it. Will report back.
     
  3. Joe J.

    Joe J. Well-Known Member

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    I have had them on my TJ for about 4 years now and I grease them very occasionally. Haven't yet had to tighten one. Granted my jeep has only 35" tires and I wheel it 6 or 7 times a year. Lots of road miles on them as well. I believe they are a bit overkill for my application but that's how I like it anyway.
     
  4. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    I have used them exclusively for the last 3 years. No complaints whatsoever.
     
  5. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Using them for lowers on both our TJs. No complaints.
     
  6. Jeep_parts

    Jeep_parts Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the great input. Looks like barnes 4wd will have a new customer
     
  7. adamk

    adamk Well-Known Member

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    I have had them on my rig since July. So far they are great. What's best is Barnes customer service and processing times. 95% of the fab parts on my rig have come from Barnes.
     
  8. powerstrokin04

    powerstrokin04 Well-Known Member

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    I made my own Dom control arms with the barnes joints for my dodge 3500 diesel. With all that weight on the front and hwy speeds I've yet to have a problem. Great products and a great guy to deal with.
     
  9. ABadJeeper

    ABadJeeper Carolina Metal Masters

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    Like other have said we have been using them one of our shop Jeeps for a while. It has seen probably 50K miles and lots of wheeling all over the country. I wouldn't hesitate to use them at all.
     
  10. snappy

    snappy YHDG's adopted son!!! Moderator

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    Wife has 25k on hers. 4 linked rears and ironman 4x4 long arms running them. Been wheel some at ure and i grease them when i change the oil. Still as smooth and quite as day one.
     
  11. BigSouth

    BigSouth Doesn't play well with others!

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    Wanna revive this old thread for more current reviews. I’m in the market for a set of joints for my buggy build. Anything new to report? @Jody Treadway
     
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  12. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt @ Rev Limit Fab

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    To me they've lost the appeal with the snap ring design. Used to you could adjust the joint to compensate for where, now they're not much different than a Heim. Plus Heims have better bolt choices. If you really want rebuildable joints I'd look into Summit Machine or TMR.
     
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  13. NickMaul

    NickMaul Well-Known Member

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    ?

    It costs $5 to rebuild and grease an enduro joint.


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  14. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt @ Rev Limit Fab

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    Yeah and about $50 worth of cussing and throwing shit, getting the snap ring back in is dang near impossible. Plus there's not joint tool like there is for the currie style.
     
  15. adamk

    adamk Well-Known Member

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    Large Enduro Joint Rebuild Tool Kit

    while not for all Enduro Joints, they have at least offered something to help take the $50 of cussing and make it $25.

    I do agree that the change in design really hindered the appeal to me but, patent infringement will do that I guess.
     

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