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Old 3rd May 2021, 14:30   #1
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I've bought a pair of MG Rover anti-roll bar drop links direct from X-Part.
  • The flats on the body (used to prevent rotation when tightening the nut) are narrower than my originals. I cannot push a spanner onto them without certain damage to the rubber boot.
  • The threaded shaft is longer than the original. It almost touches the spring so it's impossible to use a ring spanner on the nut.
  • The nuts are larger than the original, 17mm as opposed to 15mm. There's little enough room as it is without having to use a larger open ended spanner.

Can anyone recommend to me a brand of drop link which does not have these unhelpful features? My current original factory items have lasted over 100,000 miles and 22 years so I am seeking a similar lifespan.

Many thanks.

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Old 3rd May 2021, 14:57   #2
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Perhaps not answering your question.

Grind the spanner down, cut the thread, this is a common issue, replace the nut with the original?

I dont link grinding spanners but I will if I have another two.

DMGRS have originals, have a word with them about the spanner size but they dont have an issue if you cut the thread

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MEYLE HD, no issues fitting them, are good quality with a 4 year guarantee.
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I can't recommend a make of droplinks but can recommend using a thin spanner to prevent the rotation. I've done this and the boots did not get damaged.

Like you I also struggled with the top nut. I ended up using a Crows foot, a universal joint and a small extension bar - I'm not recommending this as it was awful

The tool for the job is apparently a split ring spanner/flare nut spanner!
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I dont link grinding spanners ...
Neither do I Ian.
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MEYLE HD, no issues fitting them ...
Thanks Lee. A good website but the spanner attachment looks thin, just like the MGR parts. I have messaged them.
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... can recommend using a thin spanner to prevent the rotation ... The tool for the job is apparently a split ring spanner/flare nut spanner!
I will research those ideas, thanks Andrew.

Ideally, I would like to buy parts made to the proper OE dimensions so that I can use standard tools.

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Neither do I Ian.

Thanks Lee. A good website but the spanner attachment looks thin, just like the MGR parts. I have messaged them.

I will research those ideas, thanks Andrew.

Ideally, I would like to buy parts made to the proper OE dimensions so that I can use standard tools.

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I used my ratchet spanners when fitting my Meyle's but I've used a cycle spanner on other brands with good results.
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A pair of large Mole grips will hold the shaft whilst you tighten (or also work for loosening) if the original or replacement is too narrow.
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Old 3rd May 2021, 17:56   #8
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Agree lifespan of replacements not good. But following thread from I think this site I cut down the thread on the top joint so that a ring spanner can be used to fully tighten. This also makes it a whole lot easier to remove when the time comes.
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I've always had DMGRS drop links, and sold or written off the car before they wore out. I think I managed to hold them with a spanner but can't remember. Anyway, as above, hold the rod with mole grips until the nut bites down.
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Anyone would think it was a hugely difficult task to copy the original part. It's quite a challenge to make something worse, surely.

The Unipart drop links I fitted at the weekend were no better. Impossible to get a standard spanner in without it pushing the rubber boot off. Excellent engineering.
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