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    Default AP coilovers with new shorter drop links?

    As title suggests...

    I've bought some new AP coilovers and went to fit them this weekend, but after measuring the distance from the drop link bracket to the end of the strut, i noticed a difference between the new and the old strut.

    My question is this : Do I need shorter drop links, as I can't see a way of putting the new coilovers on with the existing drop links?

    Also, does anyone know what the bracket is for in the third picture?

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    I would say the bracket is to make the drop links fit...coz i dont think u can buy different size drop links but dont take my word for it lol

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    The bracket is to mount the brake wear sensor wire on although it's got the wrong shape fitting hole (square) on it same as my Bilsteins did so I just cable tied mine to it.

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    I'm fairly sure you can get adjustable drop links if you look on ebay

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    Should be fine with normal, it'll just pull the ARB up an inch or 2...

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    Quote Originally Posted by leemarksmith View Post
    Should be fine with normal, it'll just pull the ARB up an inch or 2...
    Thanks for the reply.

    My only concern, is if the standard drop links are used then the ARB will pivot down about 1.5 inches. This looks like it might hit the inner track rod, as the ARB has a curve that allows it to bend over the inner track rod when the original drop link is connected to the original shock bracket.

    Does that make sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    The bracket is to mount the brake wear sensor wire on although it's got the wrong shape fitting hole (square) on it same as my Bilsteins did so I just cable tied mine to it.

    Ahh I see. Think I might just zip tie mine as well. Cheers.

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    Try Hyundai coupe 2002 on wards rear drop links. They might do the trick. It's what I used on my BMW 330ci when I fitted ap racing coilovers to that. And remember them being the same design as the Vauxhall set up. Just much shorter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    The bracket is to mount the brake wear sensor wire on although it's got the wrong shape fitting hole (square) on it same as my Bilsteins did so I just cable tied mine to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by chickenwing View Post
    Ahh I see. Think I might just zip tie mine as well. Cheers.
    That bracket is for the facelifts where the ABS sensor clips into it.

    On the pre-face there is a bracket that bolts onto the strut which holds the abs sensor cable.

    Looking at the picture from your manual you have, the half round hole to fit the brake wear sensor is there. Push the sensor cable into that hole and bolt the abs cable bracket back onto the new strut through the hole you would use for the facelift bracket

    As for the arb you should be ok as the roll bar will sit up or down to compensate. Just make sure it still clears the wheels etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John IS3 View Post
    That bracket is for the facelifts where the ABS sensor clips into it.

    On the pre-face there is a bracket that bolts onto the strut which holds the abs sensor cable.

    Looking at the picture from your manual you have, the half round hole to fit the brake wear sensor is there. Push the sensor cable into that hole and bolt the abs cable bracket back onto the new strut through the hole you would use for the facelift bracket

    As for the arb you should be ok as the roll bar will sit up or down to compensate. Just make sure it still clears the wheels etc.
    Thanks

    Sooo, the common opinion seems to be that the ARB will just pivot/rotate and fit. Ok, looks like i'm trying it as is then. I've got now drop links and track rod ends to fit anyway, makes sense to do them all at the same time...

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