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Join Date: Sep 2003
Re: Modified GTA brakes??
This sat was under her all day (!). I re tightened everything, made sure all pipes were in clips, not hitting anything etc.
The only thing i found is that the near side AR bar drop link was touching the strut fork, loads of room on the other side. And the bar was easy to slide back and forth, and obviously as the nearside drop link hit the fork, it made a knock.
I pushed the bar back so the clearance each side between drop links and strut forks was even, and noticed that there is a collar welded to the AR bar either side of the bars mounting bushes, i gues to stop it sliding side to side. I could not slide the bar far enough to make the off side link hit the fork, as the collar on the near side was resting up against the mount before that, but going the other way the collar had enough room so the bar could slide far enough.
In other words I think the Off side collar on the AR bar was welded off centre when made - too far toward the end of the bar, so that the whole bar can slide towards the near side and the near side link then contact the strut fork - if any of that makes sence - basically a out of spec AR bar
I have slide it back so the AR bar is more central, and alas the collars are welded so I have put a couple of cable ties between the off side collar and mounting to try to stop it sliding back. Also put a thick rubber pad on the Fork where they touched.
So hopeing that is the reason, time will tell, but so far SEEMS ok -though not sure why it was worse in cold weather (maybe warm weather the mounts are softer, grip bar less, so first knock hits it back out the way a bit??). If it seems to work, I will get a proper collar to take up the gap between collar and mount, so that the AR bar stays central.
May be the reason for other peoples knocks, as I ecpect this might effect a batch of AR bars. Tech said front bushes rarely go these days, (backs mainly) so??
Sorry for longwinded off topic!
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