Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

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Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby FunElan » Fri 08.04.2022, 05:00

Hi all,

For documentation purposes, I made a very crude and poorly produced video about my homemade anti-roll bar endlink. Credit to Dave Pink for the initial design.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyNKWtT ... chCashPoor
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby Simon_P » Fri 08.04.2022, 19:56

Great video thanks!

You have all the right ingredients - sun, blue sky, smooth hardstanding, plenty of space, no rust.
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby Grosbard » Fri 08.04.2022, 21:15

Great video! Thanks for posting it!!
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby FunElan » Fri 08.04.2022, 22:06

Simon_P wrote:Great video thanks!

You have all the right ingredients - sun, blue sky, smooth hardstanding, plenty of space, no rust.


I'm definitely very lucky to be here!
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby Hector2021 » Sat 05.11.2022, 21:41

Wow. I cant imagine what a UK MOT tester would make of that?
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby Fredjohn » Sat 05.11.2022, 23:13

Hector2021 wrote:Wow. I cant imagine what a UK MOT tester would make of that?


Absolutely nothing! I used Dave's idea about 8 years ago because of broken links and have never had an MOT fail or advisory because of it.

No doubt Dave can say the same thing too as he did it before me.
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby Saltire » Sat 05.11.2022, 23:52

Fredjohn wrote:
Hector2021 wrote:Wow. I cant imagine what a UK MOT tester would make of that?


Absolutely nothing! I used Dave's idea about 8 years ago because of broken links and have never had an MOT fail or advisory because of it.

No doubt Dave can say the same thing too as he did it before me.

:agree: Mine goes through the MoT every year with this “enhancement” and n’er a problem.
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby dapinky » Sun 06.11.2022, 10:59

Whilst I am quite happy to do a bit of "engineering" to keep my cars on the road at as low a cost as possible, I would never advocate a method of repair which would affect the integrity of the vehicle, safety of yourself, or anyone else.

I make no claim to being either an "Engineer" or a "Mechanic" - but I do tend to know which way round to hold a hammer.

My skills lie elsewhere, and with the benefit of a wide education over the years, the blessings of a good memory, and the ability to conduct research to a reasonable level, I am quite happy that I haven't suggested anyone do anything which would cause any issues.

As for a "UK MOT Tester" - well, they are all individuals, with different standards of objectivity, and most of them understand the MOT testing standards.

If you (or anyone else) has a concern over this (or any other) modification, please feel free to raise it either here or by PM, and I'll try to explain the thoughts, reasoning and conclusions to the project. (although there is a pretty full explanation of it in my original thread from when I developed this one).
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby HJ2 » Sun 06.11.2022, 12:38

Without having looked further into this:
I would rather use a machined spacer out of a good (hard) quality steel (as the rest of the materials should be 8) ) in stead of the array of washers.
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby Hector2021 » Sun 06.11.2022, 13:05

I hadnt intended to upset or challenge anyones know how or skills. I too am not a mechanic but i have worked on every car i have ever owned and learned an amount of skills to fashion quite a few alternative fixes over the years. My skills are really more electrically biased.
My comment was really based on the use of a large number of washers to create a spacer and the fact that the ball joint was exposed to the elements, where the original was protected by a boot. It it usually the absence or failure of this boot that i figured would provoke an MOT failure. Obviously not though as has been borne out by the responses here.
As said though, no offence intended, more an ecpression of my own initial thoughts.
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby Tuga2112 » Sun 06.11.2022, 20:21

Saltire wrote:
Fredjohn wrote:
Hector2021 wrote:Wow. I cant imagine what a UK MOT tester would make of that?


Absolutely nothing! I used Dave's idea about 8 years ago because of broken links and have never had an MOT fail or advisory because of it.

No doubt Dave can say the same thing too as he did it before me.

:agree: Mine goes through the MoT every year with this “enhancement” and n’er a problem.

been passing my mots with this enhancement for around 6 years, no one ever raised an eyebrow about it with exception of a lotus specialist shop in Knalerborough (which has completely restored an m100 and does not do MOTs)
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby FunElan » Mon 07.11.2022, 02:24

HJ2 wrote:Without having looked further into this:
I would rather use a machined spacer out of a good (hard) quality steel (as the rest of the materials should be 8) ) in stead of the array of washers.


If I didn't have such a big list of other things to fix, I'd invest some time into this :-D

If I did, I would sell these as a kit, ready to install. As it is, I have a ton of leftover hardware because I bought in bulk. The washers are good quality steel, they should work fine for these loads.....for now :-D
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Re: Homemade anti-roll bar/sway bar endlinks

Postby steve matthews » Tue 08.11.2022, 20:58

FunElan wrote:
HJ2 wrote:Without having looked further into this:
I would rather use a machined spacer out of a good (hard) quality steel (as the rest of the materials should be 8) ) in stead of the array of washers.


If I didn't have such a big list of other things to fix, I'd invest some time into this :-D

If I did, I would sell these as a kit, ready to install. As it is, I have a ton of leftover hardware because I bought in bulk. The washers are good quality steel, they should work fine for these loads.....for now :-D


I believe John (formerly British Car Nut) has this kit ready to go.
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