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    Exclamation Rear Drop Links WTF????

    Right... New thread needed should anyone else be in the pure agonising pain that I was in this morning changing the rear drop links!

    Originally sacked this job off on the suspension jobby as I couldn't get the old ones off and had no lubes/grease! So decided they weren't so bad...

    Today was the day to dig them out and get them fitted. Chuffed with myself, WD40 in hand I twisted them off with ease. Same again with the new ones then... or not!

    Who else has had trouble with these? What a nightmare! Armed to the eyeballs with fairy washing up liquid and muscles from brussels I still couldn't get them to pop on!!!! This made me realise that the old ones REALLY weren't in great shape!

    Took me a couple hours on the first side but once I figured out a master plan the other side took 15 minutes... so time to share.

    If I recall correctly:

    1. Rear wheels off, axle stands in place and your ready to go.

    2. Use a trolley jack under the lower suspension arm and jack up until you can access the drop link retaining screw through the spring.

    3. Undo the screw and lower the axle back down to give enough room to twist up and pull the bush connection off (With the aid of some WD40 aimed inside the bush as you manipulate it).

    4. Once the old drop link is removed, raise the axle as far as it will go on the jack so that the bottom of the lower swing arm is about level with the Anti Roll Bar.

    5. Fairy liquid in hand lube up the Anti Roll Bar end and apply some lube with your finger inside the bush itself making sure you coat the centre

    6. Now the fun bit... Place the bush onto the Anti Roll Bar and using a large bar (I used the trolley jacking bar) lever the bush (without knocking the ABS sensor which is placed perfectly for destruction) using the lower swing arm as a pivot (there is a step like flat just before the caliper).

    Note: You may need to take off the mudguard/wheel arch inner from the RH side as it gets in the way

    7. Apply maximum force up until the bush lines up with the retaining channel on the Anti Roll Bar...

    8. Eat some spinach and improve your muscle mass by a further 50% and really pull on that bar (it is guaranteed slip off 10 times in which case relube and start again).

    9. Curse and swear as it slips off once more and you smash your knuckles on the road and cut your thumb open on the drop link itself...

    10. Once more repeat the above with more force than 1000 men and it will pop on! Ensure that you slide it so far that the ARB sticks out around 1-2mm

    11. Lower the axle enough to line up the drop link with the screw hole and apply screw until tight.

    12. Bandage all wounds and repeat on other axle


    Hopefully one day this thread will be dug out of the depths by another budding mechanic attempting the same horrid job and I won't feel so alone

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    Sounds like real fun, unfortunatly I've got to do mine.

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    Would a G-clamp have helped to force the bush on?

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    Loads of washing-up liquid and they pi** on.

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