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Broken link

Postby rollercoaster » 20 May 2019, 12:29

Heard a nasty clonk on a right turn and thought something broke..

inspection reveals that the bottom of the drop link broke off on the left hand side.

now I am looking for a replacement and looking closer notice that the link seems to be a bit "home made"
what should it look like (Tristar DOKA Syncro) and is it available?
Would someone perhaps have modified a 2WD one or cut it to make it shorter, or re-weld it if broken..
I know anything is possible but is this a "done thing" ??!
It looks like the 2wd one listed at BW (T3411051A) but slightly bent at the lower end.
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Re: Broken link

Postby Timburrows » 20 May 2019, 17:13

It could be a modified one,late syncro's have bent ones,
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Re: Broken link

Postby rollercoaster » 20 May 2019, 20:53

Michael at Brickwerks tells me theres a couple of types depending on the lower arm being cast or not.
Hoping he has one or two for me that fit, and can send them fast.
The book says they just slide on, is it that easy?
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Re: Broken link

Postby bigherb » 21 May 2019, 07:46

Pre 89 they where straight and the same each side, post 89 they are cranked and handed.
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Re: Broken link

Postby rollercoaster » 21 May 2019, 09:38

Thanks all,
ordered the Brickwerks own brand, in the hope thats the strongest,
these things are a weak link, and mine were cut and re-welded for some reason.
I have been giving the Tristar a hard time moving heavy loads on long bumpy tracks.
Useful "how to fit it" on Sir Adventure's T25 website.
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Re: Broken link

Postby silverbullet » 21 May 2019, 12:55

Usual repair is to drill and tap the link and Loctite a high tensile screw in there, then cut the bolt head off.

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Re: Broken link

Postby rollercoaster » 22 May 2019, 07:10

Cant say for sure but I think mine had bolts welded onto the end,
looks like they kept the head on the bolt and welded it to the link.
Maybe not at quite the right angle..
to be fair the weld is not broken but the head has broken off the bolt,
if thats the case..
Next day delivery from BW arriving this morning.
Good choice there of JP or BW brands.
Should be sorted today and back to work.
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