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when removing the front drop link (to replace upper wishbone), do you loosen the allen key or the spanner? (While using the other to keep the bolt / nut stationary).
Helpful links I've seen simply say to remove using spanner / allen key.

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The Allen key hole is just hold the stop the threads spinning and should be a 17mm nylon nut
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The idea is to keep the shaft/spline of the drop-link still using the allen key while undoing the nut with a spanner. As I say....that's the idea.

The reality is the allen socket will round off. You may find it's the newer type of drop-link in that there's a flat on shaft that you can get a spanner on to hold it still.

It may be obscured by the ball-joint boot and muck.

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I often hear of the issues with the hex's rounding off, but I've found that so long as you clean out the hex with a fine tool, and get all of the offending muck etc out then you can get a very decent purchase with an allen key. When fully cleaned out the allen key will sit 4-5 mm into the hex and then there really isn't an issue.
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Be prepared to fire up the grinder it saves mucking about. It took me an age to do the drop links on my 147 when I came to do them on the 156 I just cut them off 2 min job
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Agree with punt14, fire up the grinder its much quicker if you are putting in new links. easy if you get a 1mm cutting disc on your grinder, can then be nice and precise where you cut.
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I found on mine if I only jacked up one side then the roll bar put so much pressure on the drop link I could just undo the nyloc nuts. Once the nuts are removed you then need to raise the other side to remove the drop link itself.
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Thanks all.
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