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Freelander 1 Drop links fitted correctly?

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Hippo, Aug 9, 2011.

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  1. Burntweenie

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    Mine were making a hell of racket about six months ago - stuck a cheapo set in and they both failed within a few months going over a cattle grid (nuts facing outwards btw). N/s had about 1/8th" play at the top ball joint end, o/s about 1/2"!

    Manned up and and bought a Bearmach set - not much more expensive, but of a different quality altogether. The old ones were a swine to remove - the threads had corroded and the C*inese soluble steel top nuts both had to be cut through with a Dremel as they rounded off in the spanners. The Bearmachs were 17 tops, 19 lowers with 15 flats both ends. Did the roll bar bushes too, and the Hippo is now riding nicely with no more sounds like WW3 from the front end.

    Lesson learned.
     
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    Most find Bearmach not much better than the cheap Ebay links. Delphi or Lemforder are the best to fit.
     
  3. Burntweenie

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    It won't take long to find out whether they're up to snuff - over a mile of rough farm track and two cattle grids to and from my house.

    Thanks for the tip - the Delphi look a reasonable price. Lemforder at bit on the ouchy side. Meyle any good?
     
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    Yes. They're on par with Lemforder. Meyle do heavy duty drop links. I fitted them to my old V6 (now the mother in law's) and they're still perfect, some 6 years on.
     
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  5. Hippo

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    7 years ago I started this Fred and it seems like only last week.
     
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    Sounds fantastic. Yer get to take yer hippo oft road whenever yer want. Even if it's only to the chippy.
     
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    So if you go over a speed bump straight on and there's no bang, but if you go over it at an angle and there is a bang (ie both wheels go up/down at same time or different times) - is that likely drop links or ARB bushes (or summat else)?
     
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