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    Drop links - removal

    I've got a new pair of Drop Links to fit.

    Had a go at removing the nearside one today.

    Managed to undo the top nut. Using an 18mm spanner to hold the back and a 19mm socket on my impact gun.

    However the bottom nut wasn't having any of it.

    There's no access for a breaker bar, and i can't get my impact gun in there either, and after a hanging off a spanner til i'm blue in the face. So.......

    Has anyone got a "cheat" or method to get round this?

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    i used a 6" or so sized extension with a socket and breaker bar. Then once there was space, hacksaw.
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    Put the car up on axle stands, then use your jack under the hub to release some of the tension in the drop link.

    I couldn't get mine to budge until I did that...

    Also helps when you want to line up the holes to put on the new one.

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    You can get a deep socket on it through the hole in the wishbone, if you can't be arsed with that just take the grinder too it.
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    i snapped the droplink off the joint then went to work on that with a pair of molegrips and a hammer

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    Another question as i can't see the point of starting a new thread (or fitted the above ones yet).

    Focus Droplinks.

    I know they're shorter and recommended if you've fitted Coilovers.

    I'm running a -30mm drop, worth going the Focus route or sticking with the standard Vauxhall Plastic ones?

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    In my experience of focus drop links they DONT fit the thread size is way to small for the hole in the shock and anti roll bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRI-T Keithy View Post
    In my experience of focus drop links they DONT fit the thread size is way to small for the hole in the shock and anti roll bar.
    I agree.

    The only reson to fit the Focus ones is when you have FK coilovers as the mounting point is lower on the strut.

    Also you need to use the spacers that come with the FK coilovers with the Focus drop links.

    As you can see here when I did mine: http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...2&postcount=14
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    In answer to your first question, I had exactly the same problem when replacing my Vectra's droplinks. I just took a grinder to them.

    In answer to your 2nd question, 30mm will be absolutely fine with standard plastic droplinks. Mine is down about 40mm on the front and so far mine have been fine.
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    As above, only if your going lower than 40mm do you need shorter ones. I have LMF's adjustible ones on mine and they still clunk either right down or a sensible drop. Im thinking of trying some standard plastic ones

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