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Dandy Highwayman
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I thought i'd fit my whiteline anti roll bars yesterday "in time for the track day". Dumb move. I'd fitted arb's before and its easy; 6 bolts front and rear, 12 in total. How long can that take?

you've got to do it with the car level so, put it on the ramp instead of jacking it. you've got the take the bumper off the drive up the ramp but thats ok so its just another 20mins.

the new bars are much thicker and the bushes much harder so getting the clamps that hold the bar onto the chassis to fit was a struggle. just managed the front right clamp. and 1 bolt of the front left and seriously cross threaded the 2nd front left bolt. balls.

OK so i think "drill it out and tap a bigger bolt", bugger its already 12mm and I've only got taps upto 10mm, oh and I need a long 14mm bolt (on a bank holiday at 4pm)

at this point starvation and tiredness begin to take hold and i attempt a "slight" bodge using another threaded hole in the chassis rail thats slightly further along. with a plate cut to reach the clamp it holds it in place, just, thats what I call plan "B". by 9pm the bodge (now upto plan "M") was in place.

of course its well flimsy and I'm surprised it didnt give way just backing off the ramps.

so it looks like I might be running with 1 or none ARBs at llandow (if I bring the barstard datsun at all). luckly i've booked hel's mr2 at llandow so I be able to have some fun hopefully. thats if i'm not tempted to change the mr2 head gasket or something equally stupid at 10pm on friday night.

i've booked it into a local mechanic (i dont think it would make it as far as any of the skyline sepcialists) for thursday to fix the bodge and finish the job
 

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Not having seen the job, I know, but could you not drill right through a clearance hole and nut and bolt it in the original position ?
 

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Cheers Buster,

that occured to me at the time, its a good idea, tho i wasnt too sure about weakening the chassis rail and making the situation worse. and i've lost all faith in my own "bodge judgment". I thought you could weld a plate over the clearance hole after you've done up the nut and bolt restoring some of the strength

tell you wot, I'll call that plan "O"
 

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AlexJ said:
tell you wot, I'll call that plan "O"
More like project 'O sh*t' :D :D

Best of luck with the 'Alternative mounting solution' by the way :cool: :)
 

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Dandy Highwayman
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24hrs later and after a couple of inspections it doesnt seem so bad

I think the rear bar should fit easier (i've actually measured it :D) and a quick drill and re-tap for the dodgy bolt at the front and roberts your fathers brother.

Now I'll have to wait for another excuse to buy a helicoil kit:)
 
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