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Old 10-18-2000, 06:18 AM   #1
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Question whiteline endlinks

I've got my endlinks from the groupbuy. Just playing with the bolts and links, I couldn't push the bolt all the way through.

The threaded part of the bolt goes in, but only up to the non-threaded part where it tapers out.

I was wondering how snug a fit is the bolt to the bushing. Does it just need a little muscle to get it in there?

Anybody else have these problems?
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Old 10-18-2000, 06:24 AM   #2
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It should fit all the way through like any normal nut and bolt. Remember to grease everything and torque links to 20 ft lbs. If you still have trouble, check the alignment of the links.
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Old 10-18-2000, 06:36 AM   #3
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The ends of the metal inserts have a little burr that you need to take a file and remove. Seems that Whiteline made this batch in a hurry, but as soon as you file that stuff off, they work perfectly.
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Old 10-18-2000, 07:33 AM   #4
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Yeah, I noticed that. I'll try filing it tonight.

Revision, the links were in my hand, not on the car yet. I was just checking them out and couldn't even push the bolt through.
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Old 10-18-2000, 04:01 PM   #5
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I noticed on mine that the large bolt would only fit through one end(at least on the front). The holes were matched to the links... so have you tried putting it through the other end?

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Old 10-18-2000, 08:12 PM   #6
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When it didn't go any further did you try screwing it in? When I installed mine a couple of weeks back I experienced a similar problem. As a test try this, put the bolt into the other side on the endlink and see if it goes in further or not at all. If I remember correctly on my installation I couldn't even put the bolt into the endlink one way but I was able to another. I wasn't entiely sure if this was "feature" of the endlink or a bad batch.
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Old 10-19-2000, 07:13 AM   #7
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Have a Nice Day?

Yeah, I thought I did. I haven't tried since, but I plan to install it this weekend.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-19-2000, 07:20 PM   #8
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mine were the same way - I was worried at first. Tried putting the bolt through the other end of the like etc... no dice. Eventually I just hit it with a hammer and it went in no problem. I didn't pound it too hard either, just pound on the other side to get it out.
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Old 10-20-2000, 07:49 AM   #9
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Thanks Mizen. That's what I was hoping someone would say.
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Old 10-20-2000, 08:02 AM   #10
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Guys, file it off instead of shoving the bolts through. Shoving them through may just screw up the threads and make the bolts unusable.
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Old 10-20-2000, 08:09 AM   #11
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No do not file down the bolts!!! When I installed my rear links I had the same problem I could not push the bolt all the way through. What I found was that the two sets of bolts were different from each other. One set was slightly larger than the other. One tell tail sign of this is if the other bolt that you installed went in to its hole a little to easily. If so then try switching the two bolts. If I remember correctly it was the top hole on the rear links that gave me the problem. try taking the bolt that you have holding the link to the sway bar itself out and putting it into the upper mounting hole. hope this ramble helps
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Old 10-20-2000, 10:33 AM   #12
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Rubasu, I don't think 8 meant file the bolt. He meant file the inside of the bushing or the edge of the bushing.
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Old 10-20-2000, 11:47 AM   #13
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Yeah, the endlinks themselves have metal inserts where the bolts go through them. Those metal inserts were cut in a hurry and there are still burrs on the edges that make putting the bolts through a real pain. I was talking about filing those burrs down.
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Old 10-20-2000, 01:26 PM   #14
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Yeah, all the bolts look the same to me.
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Old 10-21-2000, 12:39 AM   #15
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Yeah, I'm sure the filing would have been a better solution. Mine as well had burrs but I was in a hurry to do the test drive...

As far as the bolt mismatching goes, I tried every bolt in every hole and they all were the same for me... not sure what the deal is on that.
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