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Post by Clueless1 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:29 pm

Upon stripping the rear of the car I can’t undo the drop link, the one holding the anti roll bar. I’ve tried getting a spanner on the rear but that rounded off. Nut splitters didn’t work ( I broke it!) so I resorted to the angle grinder 😁 Then realised that Graham Walkers don’t have any 😩 Does anyone know where I can buy some from, either that or ‘adapt’ some from another car.
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Post by peter freeman » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:59 pm

BMW E39 - you do have some work to do as the threads are a different size.



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Post by Clueless1 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:11 pm

Thanks Peter, is that the thread into the trailing arm?


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Post by philhoward » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:37 pm

I did a rough search and it looks like that whilst the original threads are M12 but the E39 ones are M10. I think Helicoils can be used.


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Post by Corky » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:42 pm

The easy way is to put an m10 helicoil over the thread to pack it in the ARB, then pop your nut on the other side. For the trailing arm you can either drill, tap and helicoil down to M10 or just poke the thread through and put a locking nut on it. This can only be done if you have enough thread to get the nut on, and are dexterous enough to achieve it.


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Post by Ford » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:07 pm

Corky wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:42 pm
just poke the thread through and put a locking nut on it. This can only be done if you have enough thread to get the nut on, and are dexterous enough to achieve it.
That's what I decided to do.
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These droplinks have a shape that fits very nicely into the hole with the nut welded on the back, then I just put a washer and nut on the back.

The thread pitch from original reliant to the BMW E39 is different too.

I can't remember which thread it was, but I saw a few weeks ago someone had needed to replace these particular droplinks for an MOT after only being used for 3 months, so I'll be keeping an eye on them


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Post by Clueless1 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:16 pm

Could I fit a packing spacer within the hole in the ARB, or even weld up and re drill the hole?


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Post by Alan SS1 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:51 pm

Clueless1 wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:16 pm
Could I fit a packing spacer within the hole in the ARB, or even weld up and re drill the hole?
bit of steel tube, cut to length?

or if no tube roll a bit of 1mm steel around a bolt?


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Post by Corky » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:37 pm

It’s too tight I would say. Drill, tap helicoil is the best way. No nut needed.


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Post by Alan SS1 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:01 pm

i'd agree for the fitting into the rear arm, but for the actual bent bit of steel. . .. . :wink:


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Post by Corky » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:11 pm

Ahh sorry, I thought you were talking about the arm :lol:


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Post by peter freeman » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:18 pm

From my saved tips - tap out to M12 1.5, insert a M10 1.5 helicoil - job done.



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