antiroll bar links and the effect on car handling?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by Olivier, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Olivier

    Olivier MB Enthusiast

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    Hello,
    My links are shot, this been a while, need to replace them, but I have a wee question, the car seems to skip a bit in bumpy roads and the steering wheel feel lighter too. Like the wheels jumped off the road.
    I got low profile tyres, this doesn't help the bumps tho, and lately I changed the lower front wishbones, it was worse before the change tho, the question is as the title:
    Are the antiroll bar links have a great effect on car handling on bumpy roads? ( Edinburgh is a nightmare , the roads are rotten :( )
    Cheers.
    Olivier
     
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    Olivier

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    Cheers DM,
    where should I start looking then?
    The dampers are fairly new.
    The springs are OK.
    Should I look again at the wishbone position?
    I did tied them up with the car on a natural position, and the car is sitting put in a proper position too... Not highter then it should.
     
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    Did you have the geometry setup after fitting the wishbones and are the wheels the same width and offest as standard?
     
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    No geometrie set up as it was just bolt and play. No room to put it on the wrong place, I think...
    the wheels are different, they are 18", but I got them with the car, nothing changed there.
     
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    i've heard holes in your exhaust can cause a bumpy ride... do you have any holes i your exhaust? :D:D

    roads in edinburgh are terrible, thats when they are actually open for you to drive on them.
     
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    We often remove roll bar links completely when fault finding and the difference is hard to notice under normal driving.
     
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    Good tip that... :D ;)

    I had one snap under hard and fast cornering and the car just leant over a little bit more, but not alarmingly so.
     
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    Hard cornering :eek: I thought you were driving "easy" to achieve the best MPG :p
    This might be why my links do not last? Never had one snapped but they do a year max and need changing, this is why I did the wishbone as I was told if they have a play this could enduce the wear on the links :confused:
    I was warned 2 years ago anyway the the wishbones bushes were dead, it needed to be done...
    DM and Jaymanek, could I remove the antiroll bar then if this is "not really " necessary?
    Cheers.
    Olivier
     
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    These cars eat front drop-links.
    They are cheap and easy to replace.
    I would NOT remove the ARB, as it is a part of the car design-geometry..
    It may not make a lot of difference, but it will make some difference.
    Impaired handling at speed and increased tyre-wear may result.

    Also ... Your insurer may not think much of the idea.
     
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    I'm probably way off the mark, but are you sure the problem is with the suspension and not the steering?

    On my previous s124 I had the steering idler arm and steering damper changed and it made a world of difference to the steering feel. All the slop diasappeared. Both are on my list for my current 124.
     
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    It wasn't in my car, it was in Mrs Dm's old one...:D
     
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    Mrs J and I both ran E300TDs.
    She regularly criticised me for not driving fast enough.
    (Still does).

    When my blue E300TD got wrecked, I took her silver E300TD as my work-horse and bought her a year 2001 E430.
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    Now she can radge round to her heart's-content.

    She still criticises me for driving too-slowly.
     

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