SEMA 2018: FK Rod Ends Is Expanding Its JMX Line

We’re no strangers to the SEMA Show at this point, and neither, are we strangers to the cutting edge. Case in point – FK Rod Ends and its expansion of the JMX line of rod ends.

We stopped by the FK booth to check out what was coming out for off-roaders, and FK’s Jay Langley was happy to give us a report. “Our JMX line is going to receive a 1.5-inch and 2-inch diameter spherical bearing, or 24/16 and 32/16, that will allow users to run Ultra4-level components more easily,” he explained.

The JMX line is one of the more robust off-road rod ends offered by FK. “These rod ends are made of chromoly, including the body, ball, and race,” said Langley. “We also offer them with or without PTFE, which is a dry lubricant that does very well in off-road environments. We integrate the PTFE by hand onto the race, which gets installed into the body, and will stand up to off-road abuse.”

Although the new, larger JMX rod-end was not on display at SEMA, we did get an approximate display by way of these 24/16-inch spherical bearings.

The increase in diameter of the bearing bore means that higher-diameter metal tubing can be used in constructing suspension components. In essence, a bigger rod end means a bigger control arm or trailing arm, and that’s a plus for intense off-road competitions like Ultra4’s King of the Hammers, which is coming up in February. Having a larger and more durable suspension component will mean the racers can go farther without worry of the part breaking or suffering a serious malfunction.

While the new JMX rod end was unfortunately not on display at the show, it will be coming very soon. We invite you to stay on top of its release by following FK Rod Ends on Facebook, and don’t forget to check out the company’s website as well.

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