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Spoke to stacks of people now about a knocking on the front of my car and I think I've finally found it!

Looks like its been a combination of top strut mount bushes (AGAIN!) and the length of the drop links! I've lowered the car to the max on my Bilstein B14's and found my Whiteline front ARB has been hitting the wishbone due to the length of the drop links, in turn this looks like its been putting aditional load on the struts causing the top strut mount to fail

My latest question is;

ARB Pre load? What is meant by pre load and how do you set it up? I know it improves handling by taking movement out of the ARB but i'm new to this so have no idea what i'm talking about really!
 

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I have B14s mate and don't have knocking. I do have a rubbery squelch over hard speed bumps though.

If you have a 'knocking' try tightening the drop link nuts to the point where you think your gonna break something. A long time ago I had a knocking, but after a micrometer of tightening up, the noise went away. The drop links need to be uber tight.
 

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The ARB is definitely hitting the wishbone because of the length of the drop links, I can feel a bur on both ARB & wishbone. I had already tried tightening drop links & sub frame with a ridiculous amount of force! I'd also replaced both Drop Links, a Track Rod end, top strut mount bearings twice and the steering rack!

I think my Whiteline front ARB is 24mm so the extra couple of mm diameter could just be the problem!

I've looked at the whiteline drop links and think they look great but not sure of any alternatives? Any suggestions?
 

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Yea pick the closest bar and then you can adjust from there. They take a few weeks to arrive and you need to contact them direct as there is no UK shipping option on the site
 

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I have Neuspeed 25mm front bar. Should I have these on my car too? How can I tell if I need them?
 

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I dont really think its a case of "Do we need them"

I need them as the knocking from my ARB hitting the wishbone is doing my head in but other than that I would like them from a handling point of view, they are another tool to prevent body roll and hold the wheels down to the groud to give maximum surface conact between Tyres & Tarmac

Most people upgrade Suspension & ARB without the Adjustable Drop Links but I've found the drop links are actually counter-acting the ARB & Coilovers, the ARB is holding the car down but the standard drop link is under compression which i've found is forcing the strut upward which is also destroying my Top Strut Mount Bushes (A lot of people have issues with the Top Strut Mount Bushes especially after lowering so this may be the problem?)

It all depends on how low your car is and what ARB you have, I could raise the car 5-10mm at the front which would probably cure the problem but i want max grip for when i eventually get it on the track!
 

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Coilover kits sou think it depends how low you are running, I killed my oem drop links with koni coilovers they seemed to be under to much pressure. I am going air so my drop link tab needed to be much lower
 

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Ok for £35, I think I'll take a punt on them. Looks like they can be used on the rear too based on the sizes mentioned.

Wonder if they do group buy?
 

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Ok for £35, I think I'll take a punt on them. Looks like they can be used on the rear too based on the sizes mentioned.

Wonder if they do group buy?
I Could try to organize a Group Buys through my website? May be able to get them at a trade price for everyone!

Do we have any other Alternatives? Gruven Parts do a set for the rear but I dont think they'll be suitable for the front. I had thought about re-manufacturing my own with a local workshop, shoudn't be to costly!
 

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I've zapped an email across to see if there are discounts available for a group buy.
 

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I Could try to organize a Group Buys through my website? May be able to get them at a trade price for everyone!

Do we have any other Alternatives? Gruven Parts do a set for the rear but I dont think they'll be suitable for the front. I had thought about re-manufacturing my own with a local workshop, shoudn't be to costly!
Sounds like a plan. Whichever is most cost effective mate.

Regarding re-manufacturing, its not a way forward for me as I'm not convinced on the idea of it. I tried with the rears previously without much success in quality. YMMV.
 
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