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Old 12-15-2003, 09:11 PM   #1
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Question Whiteline Lateral Link Help

I installed the Whiteline KTA-108 adjustable lateral link kit on my wagon this weekend. Pretty straight forward except that the forward lateral links have different hole sizes on each end. One end is 12mm and one is 14mm.

Here's what the Whiteline instructions say:
"Note that front control arm inner pivot crush tube inside diameter is smaller at 12mm. All others have ID of 14mm..."

I took that to mean the the 12mm went on the diffential end (inside) and the 14mm went on the wheel/hub end (outside). Is that what you get from the not very clear directions?

The only reason I doubt myself is that the instructions for the Hotchkis lateral links that I took off say to put the smaller hole on the wheel end.

I sent an email to Whiteline, but I have yet to get any response.

I'd appreciate any help/interpretations.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:44 PM   #2
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I don't remember which was which, but they will not physically fit backwards.

At least the KTA-109 sedan links I intalled didn't. I accidentally tried to install one backwards...oops.

If they're installed, they're installed correctly.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:55 PM   #3
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My set had 8 crush tubes...2x12mm and 6x14mm...the bolts that go through the foreward, inboard end are 12mm...there are 2 of these...the rest of the bolts are 14mm....
It really can only go one way, AFAIK.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:59 PM   #4
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Uncle Scotty is correct. They can only go one way. The 14mm is the one at the wheel side. If you put the smaller hole outside that long bolt will not go through it.
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:05 AM   #5
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How do you like the Whiteline kit on your wagon?
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:12 AM   #6
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...yeah...and why remove the Hotchkis ones???
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Old 12-16-2003, 09:37 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. That's pretty much what I figured. I didn't think that long (14mm, I think) bolt would go through a 12mm hole. But the Whiteline directions just didn't make any sense (they do speak English down there, don't they?)

Slowmike: I only have about 40 miles on the kit and I'm in desparate need of an alignment (toe issues). I put camber bolts in at the same time and the adjustable links will just be for fine tuning. So for now I can't report on the kit.

Uncle Scotty: The Hotchkis are not specifically made for wagons and I found they pushed my wheels out too far in order to get the camber settings I wanted. Hotchkis guaranteed me they would work with the wagon since you can adjust the length in and out, but I had one axle pop out of the differential in the process of an alignment. Part of that is because of the goofy positive camber from my JIC's (camber bolts fixed that now). I guess I could have kept the Hotchkis with the camber bolts, but I felt more comfortable with the Whiteline (plus it matches the rest of the suspension, except for the JICs). The Hotchkis are for sale in the Private For Sale forum.

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Old 12-16-2003, 01:00 PM   #8
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Damn...nice links...too bad they didn't work out for ya. I've already got mine on or I'd be all over these...the Hotchkis links are really nice...I've seen them and they are really well made.
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:12 PM   #9
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Hey Mike, I'm going to have to check out your whiteline next time. That's what I'm going to put on the next time I get an alignment

So it wasn't the trailing arms that broke?
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:26 PM   #10
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Nope. The trailing arm was twisted a little bit around the forward bushing. Once I took everything apart and put it back together it was fine. Getting that trailing arm off was an experience...
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