Replaced these at the weekend and it was a piece of cake ....
Removing the original links went like this ...
Removed the top nut on offside ... 5 minutes. Used a torq drive to hold the bolt steady and a ring spanner to remove the nut. Same for nearside. Knew this would be ok as they have both been removed in the last year to change suspension arms.
Bottom bolts look a bit more awkward as they point backwards to chassis and there isn't much room to work. Used same torq drive ... nope, bolt turned with nut. Tried allen key ... nope, turned again. Tried a larger allen key and torq drive. No ... same. As I turn the nut, the mounting bolt turns.
later and after much bad language
and slow progress with a small hacksaw, chisels, and large hammers, both original links off. And mutilated. The inside of the bolt was round
Now I know these haven't been off before so I can only assume they corroded away or they were rounded off when the car was built.
Replacing the drop links: 10 minutes!!
The good news ... the new links have flat area on the sides of the bolts to hold with a spanner (needs to be thin mind you).
Oh and the knocks have gone!!! But now I'm sure I can hear the back ...
Well too late for an MOT on Saturday, so that will have to be next weekend.
Then onto the sparkplugs ... I hope my luck changes ....