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I've had C-One ARBs fitted to my car today (by ToyotaGT), and they're fantastic !

However, a word of warning. Depending on the age of your car, you may well need to fit new ARB drop links at the same time. The drop links seem to be well-known for rusting up so that they cannot be removed without cutting them off (and therefore destroying them). There's an allen key bolt which commonly ends up just rotating rather than being able to being removed.

Also, on the front drop link, the bottom connector is rather oddly (badly ?) designed, in that to remove it, you have to undo a nut, but then the whole bottom assembly rotates without any non-round piece to be able to get a grip on to stop it rotating.

Fortunately me for me, but unfortunately for him, edeath had already hit this problem and had to abort his installation. But very kindly he warned me, so I was able to go along with a new set of drop links just in case they were required. In the end, a new front set was required. With some difficulty, the existing rear drop links were removed, but since they were likely to be quite worn, I had them replaced anyway.

The list price of four new drop links from Lexus is £198.12 (fronts more expensive than rears) :nugget:

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Also, on the front drop link, the bottom connector is rather oddly (badly ?) designed, in that to remove it, you have to undo a nut, but then the whole bottom assembly rotates without any non-round piece to be able to get a grip on to stop it rotating.

You put allen key into it to stop it turning :winky: or should do :winky:

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My allen key bit was what had failed. It had rusted so badly that when the allen key put any force on it disintegrated into a circle so no purchase could be found. Hence i've had to get a set of droplinks as well. X reg, 70k miles.

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Yeah i think the droplink problem when it comes to ARBs will be to do with age not mileage as it seems to be a rust problem. Though i have heard they are more likely to fail the further you go over 80,000 miles, not 100% sure of this though.

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Stevie how much were the drop links each from Lexus if you dont mind me asking mate?

List price of the front ones is £49.06 + VAT (each). The rears are £37.08 + VAT (each). LOC Gold members should be able to get a discount off this from most dealers.

They don't come with new nuts, so you have to either re-use the old ones (which could be tricky if you can't get them off) or get new ones. ToyotaGT had a rummage in their boxes of bits and found me some that they could use.

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Stevie how much were the drop links each from Lexus if you dont mind me asking mate?

List price of the front ones is £49.06 + VAT (each). The rears are £37.08 + VAT (each). LOC Gold members should be able to get a discount off this from most dealers.

They don't come with new nuts, so you have to either re-use the old ones (which could be tricky if you can't get them off) or get new ones. ToyotaGT had a rummage in their boxes of bits and found me some that they could use.

I asked ALLPARTS if they sell the drop links ( one of my boots has split ) ....they do ( ADL BLUEPRINT )ones and are about £30 + vat .... :winky:

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