Advice please. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

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Advice please. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 27 Jun 2019, 11:55

So the new drop links, Brickies best, have just popped off the anti roll bar
it was on a slow sharp left turn.
I wonder if the garage maybe tightend the bottom rubber too much
If it needed to swivel slightly or something?
I’m all loaded up to go to Wales for syncropendence. Actually just setting off when it popped...
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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 27 Jun 2019, 12:38

Russel suggests its possibly been assembled RH on the Left and vice versa,
mechanic did ask if it was handed when he fitted and I affirmed,
maybe he was dyslexic I dont know.
May be coming with it removed for now and the experts can look in the field!
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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby 937carrera » 27 Jun 2019, 16:02

ARB disconnected on one side does nothing, you can just leave it there, make sure the drop links cannot interfere with the rest of the suspension
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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 27 Jun 2019, 17:58

The drop link being held at the bottom and splayed out was banging my brake pipe
Pretty dangerous
I got it fixed back on now and with a new rubber though the old one seemed fine
The thought of racing around the mountain (syncropendence) and it happening again and ripping off my brake pipe..
Why would it pop off and surely there must be a way to prevent that
Or at least make sure it doesnt happen?
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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 27 Jun 2019, 19:57

Popped off again as soon as I hit a bumpy track..
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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby 937carrera » 27 Jun 2019, 20:12

I don't think you want an ARB when going off road. Track or street yes, rough terrain, naah

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By the way, earlier this week i fixed a car than had it's ARB mounted upside down. 3 years and 2 MOT's like that, 5 minutes for me to figure out what was wrong
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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby silverbullet » 28 Jun 2019, 07:27

My syncro had its front arb removed before I bought it, drove it (on amd off-road) without and it handled just fine although I never overloaded it or put a lot on the roof.

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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 01 Jul 2019, 13:31

With some good observations from "experts in the field" it comes down to this,
the garage that fitted the drop links cut the bottom rubbers down shorter where they go into the cast arms,
which maybe gives it less movement, so its forcing it off the antiroll bar.
I did go back and they put the drop link back on but didnt tell me what they had done with chopping the bits previously.
I also (painfully) watched them jimmy the antiroll bar with a long metal pole,
against my steering rack connecting rod! Surely not!
And given that the drop link when its detached, clobbers the brake pipe, why did they just put it back on,
it was off again attacking my brakes fast enough.
Its not a back street garage! It seemed good, I just cant get it right,
is there an honest to goodness place to go near Shaftesbury?
I am going to have to do it myself..
Meanwhile, yes, not too bad without.
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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 08 Jul 2019, 13:37

Got it back together now, all new bits again not chopped up.
The drop link sits way too close to the brake pipe for my liking. If I can get a picture to show see what you think.
I’ll give it a run today and see if they come off again.
There was a suggestion to bend the links a little so they sat more square to the anti roll bar..ImageImageImage


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Re: Quick advice. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby 937carrera » 08 Jul 2019, 13:50

rollercoaster wrote:There was a suggestion to bend the links a little so they sat more square to the anti roll bar.


If you need to do that on a suspension component something else is wrong.

Looking at that third photo, it seems the drop link has a bend in it. What happens if you rotate it through 180 degrees :wink:
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Re: Advice please. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 08 Jul 2019, 13:51

Ahh nice pictures, worked out how to use Tapatalk..
useful for easy picture loading.
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Re: Advice please. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 08 Jul 2019, 13:53

Yes I tried all other configurations while they were off..
only gets worse..
I had Aidan and others look at them,
compared them to other vans etc,
at Syncropendence.

Think its correct,
however it is lifted some..
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Re: Advice please. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 08 Jul 2019, 13:55

And should I make a different brake pipe support moving it away?
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Re: Advice please. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby rollercoaster » 08 Jul 2019, 14:01

Is that how its supposed to be supported anyway
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Re: Advice please. New drop link popped off the anti roll bar

Postby 937carrera » 08 Jul 2019, 15:50

As I said earlier, I recently fixed a car with an upside down ARB........I have looked again at those photos and am convinced the drop link needs rotating.

Both drop links off
Release the drop link
Place onto the ARB with the kink in the drop link to the outer or the ARB
Drop both links through the wishbone and fasten

Shouldn't there be a retaining washer and pin in the end of the ARB as well - but this is general experience rather than T25 specific ?
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