Region: NASA SoCal
Car #: 255
Year : 1995 Posts: 73
OK, I just bought a set of Mazdaspeed adjustable links for the rear bar on my car, but when they arrived, they were not assembled. Obviously, the standard nuts spin onto the heim-joint studs to lock them into position in the sleeve.
My question is where do the little threadless collars go? Do they sit up against the ferrule in the heim joint or what?
***now another question that I doubt will get any answers: how long are yo guys running your endlinks? whats a good starting point?***
With all the other setup work complete I set mine up with the car level/wheels all the same plane & I positioned the end lever of the anti roll bar parallel with the ground. Then you make the endlinks length to suit.
The tube spacer/collar is so that the heim will not bind up with the anti roll bar lever arm or the fastening bolt head or nut.
Stackup for the connector link:
Anti roll bar, tube spacer/collar, heim, tube spacer/collar, flat washer, bolt head. The flat washer should be large enough so that if something happened to the spherical ball of the heim joint the heim joint can not flop free of the bolt.
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David Dewhurst CenDiv Milwaukee Region Spec Miata #14
Reading these posts, I want to clarify something. You're supposed to have the car on scales or absolutely flat and on the ground. The suspension needs to be loaded (see JD's setup guide). Then, once you've got it all scaled and aligned, your last step is to hook up the end links. And you get them just long enough that they slip on easily with no preload. Some folks will preload the swaybar for certain conditions, but remember that doing so may throw off your cross weights a bit - that may be ok, depending on if you're trying to engineer some characteristics into the handling.
Car #: 15
Year : 90 Posts: 70
Now that the thread has been highjacked by a pelican, I'd like to bring it back to a more serious note. I have just installed my Mazdaspeed end links and 99' hats this weekend. (Special thanks to the guys at MER for having an extra bushing laying around, since I launched 1 of the 4 somewhere in the shop while grinding it down and couldn't find it anywhere) Is it normal for the rear swaybar to move laterally within the bushings. I can hear something knocking around while transitioning for left-right/right-left. Think its the swaybar. Anyone else have this happen? Everything is tight in the suspension. It was also doing this before the new endlinks and hats were installed.