naki_k wrote:Which ARB drop links did you opt for in the end? The genuine are expensive of course, and the aftermarket of dubious longevity?
I either got them from Berkshire or Moss Naki. Generally very happy with the item quality they both sell.
Bit of an update from yesterday. Generally it all came out easier than the driver side apart from two things. The lower ball joint does not want to come out, its proper stuck and no amount of hammering coupled with half hour torching the damn thing will get it out so I'm waiting for a heavy duty ball joint splitter this morning. Could have left it I suppose as it wasnt too bad as only two years old but I thought I replace it as I have a full set. The other thing is the lower droplink bolt. Its proper fused in the wishbone, in a same way as the driver side upper ball joint bolts were and we know how hard it was to get them out now
I've managed to turn the head of it by half a cm each side but the bolt on the other side of the wishbone didn't move even a mm at which point I've decided to leave it as it doesn't really need to be removed and the thread is surprisingly still ok on it(afer a lot of wire brushing of course) so probably best not to touch it further
Speaking about upper ball joint bolts...
They came out in one piece!
Took 40 minutes to get them out but I didn't have to resort to cutting them, just had to cut through the ball joint nut as it got stuck and spinning with the ball joint half way through(same as the other side). One thing I've noticed, spacers(between wishbone and ball joint) were put not as per Jaguar instructions diagram with 3 at the front and 1 at the back(all 4 at the front) so that means that either someone removed them in the past(which would explain why I managed to get them out in one piece) or it was used for some sort of a wheel alignment. How do I put them back now and what is their purpose?
This is the bolt that will NOT come out:
This didn't work sadly:
Any ideas whats this motor at the back which was in the way of the wishbone bolt? Took an hour to remove it as it holds on tiny 8mm x 1cm bolts with disintegrated heads
And the old wishbone bushes, completely shot as the inner and outer part of the bush was partially separated, allowing back and forth movement on the big bolt
Cut them flush with the wishbone, then drill starting with 6 and finishing with 9, maybe 9.5 and then they easily hammer out
This process worked very well. For testing purposes I've tried to press them out first, using M14 bolt from a normal(not heavy duty) spring compressor and sockets and the bolt started to bend...
The new geniuine Jag bushes with the top spacer grinded a mm or two.
As I've explained, this way a socket can be put over it and it pushes on the outer sleeve directly, not on the rubber which makes its a mission impossible to press them in and distorts the inner rubber bush if you use the press...
One thing I've noticed, the diameter of the Jaguar bushes are slightly bigger than aftermarket ones so I've made sure to polish both surfaces and add more grease while pressing them in, otherwise it could have been much more difficult to press them in.
Re the bolts I've asked about in this topic, as far as I found out they are all 10.9 grade(or 8 for americans and maybe canadians?
) To confuse things, Jaguar used three different dimension types in their diagrams, starting from UNC through fractals to inches and of course they are all mixed up, even on the same JCP diagram!
The ARB droplink bolts are 7/16 UNC/UNF, same for shock absorber bolt, they are only partially threaded though and the upper ball joint bolts, to confuse things even further, are M12 serrated bolts. ALL of these are of course quite expensive from Jaguar (eg ~£10 for the shock bolt) but are easily available and cheaper elsewhere.
Back to assembly then now...
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.