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Front Drop Links
« on: 17 July 2019, 09:49:21 »

Have a noise coming from ns front drop link so intend replacing both sides along with ARB just to be sure all cured.

What is the recommended drop link source now as current set are Lemforders and have only lasted around 2 years.

Suspect ARB are original so is the extra cost of Poly Bushes worth it on these or stick with just std rubber

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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #1 on: 17 July 2019, 10:12:26 »

Buy as cheaply as possible and change with the oil annually  ;)
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #2 on: 17 July 2019, 10:25:11 »

Fair comment .

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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #3 on: 17 July 2019, 10:30:24 »

Pardon my ignorance, butwhat does a drop link do, please?

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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #4 on: 17 July 2019, 10:31:24 »

Fair comment .
Poly arb bushes is a matter of opinion. I did mine, but some will say that they regretted doing so. I suspect this is because wishbone polys really tighten the front end compared to 120k mile factory bushes ::) and the ARB ones get the blame.

Personally, I would do them if the original ones are getting squishy :y
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #5 on: 17 July 2019, 10:37:37 »

Pardon my ignorance, butwhat does a drop link do, please?

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Stops the noise in the passenger seat from falling into your lap as you turn left :D

Technically they connect the suspension to the Anti Roll Bar which does exactly what it says on the tin.

Front ones generally turn with the steering hence two ball joints and lots of abuse/wear. Rear ones* invariably last the life of the car... Certainly at 285k miles, the rear ones on my Plod were original and fine, whereas I must have changed the fronts half a dozen times ;)

* The rear ones on the Omega are a steel rod and two rubber bushes and basically don't wear.
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #6 on: 17 July 2019, 11:22:14 »

Thanks DG.
The noise in the passenger seat usually comes from 'Er Indoors; will it cure that?

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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #7 on: 17 July 2019, 11:23:32 »

Front ARB are probably nearer 200k and fully expect original ,so will change them whilst I do the Drop Links as getting a noise over speed bumps and whilst its apart not much more effort
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #8 on: 17 July 2019, 11:33:28 »

For drop links, I'd try to source some Meyle HD.  They seem to last well, and is what I have on mine.

Buying cheap shit just makes it an annual chore to do, and ultimately ends up costing more if you keep the car.
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #9 on: 17 July 2019, 11:39:22 »

Hi TB,

Found pair of Meyle for 25 delivered ,and standards are around 15 a pair so also agree with your advise.

Curious though about Poly ARB as they are over 40 a pair and std which have lasted 200k are only 6 a pair
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #10 on: 17 July 2019, 11:43:19 »

Thanks DG.
The noise in the passenger seat usually comes from 'Er Indoors; will it cure that?

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Not entirely, but enough to make it tolerable  :y
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #11 on: 17 July 2019, 11:48:21 »

Hi TB,

Found pair of Meyle for 25 delivered ,and standards are around 15 a pair so also agree with your advise.

Curious though about Poly ARB as they are over 40 a pair and std which have lasted 200k are only 6 a pair
25 sounds about right for Meyle HD (make sure it is HD, but think they all are).

Never had to change the ARB bushes on any Omega I've owned, surprisingly.  Thats despite all the hump bridges and my Dukes of Hazzard stunts.
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #12 on: 17 July 2019, 11:58:34 »

I've seen a few that are starting to perish, but changing them is a subjective matter :y
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #13 on: 17 July 2019, 12:06:25 »

I've seen a few that are starting to perish, but changing them is a subjective matter :y
True, but to me a bush either has a tiny bit of play as the rubber deforms slightly, or lots of play with little pressure when its failed, with not a lot of middle ground.  Though ARB ones may be different, as I've yet to feel one that I think has failed
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Re: Front Drop Links
« Reply #14 on: 17 July 2019, 12:21:02 »

My theory was at 200k they are probably on the wrong side of good and whilst I have both wheels and links off its only another 4 bolts to swop...assuming Im not taking a nightmare job for granted as like TB I have never replaced a set in 3 Omega ownerships and close on 500k miles across them
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