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stabilizer links

Post by cevanren » 25 Apr 2012 09:34

Does anyone know where i can buy front stabilizer links for 4.5
or is it only agents!
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Re: stabilizer links

Post by Peter Connan » 25 Apr 2012 10:20

Craig you can buy a sealed M10 ball joint from Bearing Man or similar, some threaded bar from the bolt and nut shop and make your own for a fraction of the price.

Edit: M10 is the correct size for the Y60.

For the Y61, you need M12...
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Re: stabilizer links

Post by Grant » 25 Apr 2012 13:51

Craig,


I have a used set from my GQ. You are welcom to them if they fit.
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Re: stabilizer links

Post by jonathan » 31 Jan 2013 08:41

Hi guys. My rear stabilizer links were quite badly worn so I removed them and following Peter's advice from the above post made some replacements at really a fraction of the cost! :thumbup: But then I also read some other threads on the stabilizers and also saw this section in the workshop manual when I was about to re-install them:

"Roll rigidity is increased by activating the stabilizer function (turning the stabilizer ON) on good roads. On rough
roads, deactivating the stabilizer function (turning the stabilizer OFF) reduces stabilizer swing-back behavior.
As a result, the stabilizer release device serves to increase driving capability and riding comfort on rough roads.
The stabilizer release device is electrically activated (turned ON) or deactivated (turned OFF) by the stabilizer
switch in the driver’s compartment."

This obviously applies to the models with an automatic disconnecting link, but the concept remains the same. So based on this and the fact that we mostly use our Patrols on rough roads :woo:, I'm not going to replace the rear stabilizer. Now the front I'm not so sure. I've been driving around without the rear for a while and it feels fine, but would driving without both front and rear still be safe?

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Re: stabilizer links

Post by Peter Connan » 31 Jan 2013 17:48

Many GQ's don't have front stabilisors at all.
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Re: stabilizer links

Post by jonathan » 31 Jan 2013 19:01

Dankie Peter. Gaan die voorste een afhaal en kyk wat maak hy!

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Re: stabilizer links

Post by OEBIE » 02 Nov 2017 18:41

Hi! Would like to know the outcome of this feed. What happens if the front stabilizer is also disconnected? I had wingnuts made for the back stabilizer so I could disengage it more easily :thumbdown: - one fell off on a corrugated road to Mokala and I removed the other one just before it also dropped.
On the way back to Kimberley, I was towing an Imagine Comfortvan and no instability could be detected even at 120 km/hr. Did the caravan stabilize the Patrol? Is it necessary to bolt it back on? What will happen if the front stabilizer is also disconnected? Oh yes, I had stiffer coils and Koni shocks fitted front and back.

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Re: stabilizer links

Post by Peter Connan » 02 Nov 2017 20:24

As far as I am concerned, stabilizer is a misleading name for this item. It is correctly called an anti-roll bar.

On a double live-axle vehicle, it has almost no effect on the vehicle's stability, but does reduces body roll a lot.

My car has been running without anti-roll bars for several years now, and I am quite happy, but a number of other guys don't like it.

Unless you have a lift larger than 2" (50mm), or carry heavy roof loads, it has almost no effect on the ultimate rollover angle of the vehicle, or on safety, it only affects how the vehicle feels.

IF you are interested, I am making a batch of quick-disconnects...
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Re: stabilizer links

Post by Alex Roux » 02 Nov 2017 21:32

Peter

Just as a matter of interest:
When disconnected, my GU has lots of body roll. It annoys me in traffic, so I like the disconnects on it.
But neither Shortie nor Skilpad roll much, and neither have the "stabilisers" on.
It may be due to less weight on the GQs?
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Re: stabilizer links

Post by Peter Connan » 03 Nov 2017 05:11

Alex, I would love to know how much the roof rack on your GU weighs. I suspect it is quite heavy.

Having said that, the GU is officially 200kg heavier than the GU, and all that weight is up top. And of course, the X-link on the GU also reduces the roll resistance of the front suspension...
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