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10 Jul 2020 19:11 - 10 Jul 2020 19:15 #224787 by HUN
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Apologies for my daft question :dry: , but how to remove the old (or fit a new) drop link from the near side of the front axle housing? Seemingly there is not enough room to twist around and get the threaded part out of the bracket! I don't know how it was fitted either without bending something?!? :( Thanks for the constructive answers in advance! ;)

I have tried tilting, twisting in every direction but it would need an extra 5-10mm which is simply not achiveable!

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10 Jul 2020 20:27 #224793 by Lambert
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Without going outside to look because it's raining here, I thought they were mounted on the outside of the axle as in the opposite way to your picture?

As to how to get that off there has to be a way, it cannot have grown there. I certainly don't remember having that issue when I had to replace mine. Good luck.

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10 Jul 2020 20:38 - 10 Jul 2020 20:39 #224795 by Scimike
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It's not raining here so just had a look. ---- it's on the inside as shown above^^^^^^^
This does leave the puzzle unanswered unfortunately.
Something has to give, shorted the thread or bend the tab?
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10 Jul 2020 20:44 #224796 by mlines
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Yours is the correct way around, here is ours.

However you appear to have had a welded repair done to the panhard mount which also affects the drop link, there is a piece of heavy duty metal in that's taking up the room.


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10 Jul 2020 21:22 #224798 by HUN
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Thank you Gents!

I was thinking that's a wierd bracket! Now I know why it looks wierd...I guess it's been done when my car was fixed after a minor accident in 2017. They possibly have welded the extra piece after fitted the new link otherwise I could take it out later. Would it be wise to cut/grind out a gap on the side of the bracket so the drop link could be shifted sideways, instead of through the hole? MOT failure?

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10 Jul 2020 21:32 - 10 Jul 2020 21:37 #224799 by HUN
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Does the link take vertical force only or any direction? I'm thinking to create a gap towards to the front bumber. There is enough metal there to keep it strong. Just an idea. Shortening the thread is not an option because it has the hole for a 5mm allen key (stop spinning)

Alternatively leaving the bracket as it is, cutting-off the link then replace with a new one externally as Lambert said?

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11 Jul 2020 00:23 #224808 by jackonlyjack
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Just take arb off altogether
Drive it steady till you get used to how it feels ;)
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11 Jul 2020 07:34 - 11 Jul 2020 07:35 #224815 by Lambert
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OK so it did grow there. If you have a dremmel tool or proper die grinder then you could very carefully manipulate the hole in the bracket to allow the thread to clear. The thread is acting in tension clamping against the flat of the bracket rather than having a shank and acting as a dowel on the hole in the bracket so from an engineering point of view the hole could just as easily be a slot so long as it retains the same locating feature relative to the axle. In other words if you extend the hole forward slightly away from the axle and keep the edge of the hole near the axle untouched you will be able to get the link out and still put it back in the same place.

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11 Jul 2020 10:35 #224825 by X8GGY
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Lambert wrote: OK so it did grow there. If you have a dremmel tool or proper die grinder then you could very carefully manipulate the hole in the bracket to allow the thread to clear. The thread is acting in tension clamping against the flat of the bracket rather than having a shank and acting as a dowel on the hole in the bracket so from an engineering point of view the hole could just as easily be a slot so long as it retains the same locating feature relative to the axle. In other words if you extend the hole forward slightly away from the axle and keep the edge of the hole near the axle untouched you will be able to get the link out and still put it back in the same place.


I was going to say similar, but a bit more hill-billy... drill sideways into the existing hole at an angle so the thread will go through (having cut the old one off)

Is that buggy finished yet?...
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14 Jul 2020 16:03 #225070 by HUN
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I was quite reluctant to cut anything but eventually the inevitable has happened and I made a cut! Altough I shortened the bolt part I was able to salvage the droplink! Before anyone warns me ... Yes, I know...I will need to repeat this process next time, but at least I saved some money this time!


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14 Jul 2020 16:25 #225072 by jackonlyjack
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Mine looks exactly like yours


So maybe some axle changes over the years mines 2004

Not that it matters to me no arb fitted
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14 Jul 2020 17:04 #225076 by HUN
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Ok, so it was not done during accindent repair. :ohmy: But then how on Earth was this droplink squeezed through the hole??? :blink: Unless you are the one, who repaired or owned my car in the past?!? :woohoo: :laugh: :laugh:

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