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Old 19-06-2019, 03:18 PM   #1006
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was good to see you chris, the yellow mini looked good
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Old 25-06-2019, 07:52 AM   #1007
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The mini tried to kill me last night. Went for a short drive and around 2 miles from home the passenger side lower arm completely sheared resulting in VAG scene camber and the tyre locking up against the damper:
DSC_0608 by garrywadey, on Flickr
although 'well stance bro', this is less than ideal for avoiding ditches and oncoming traffic. Fortunately I was only doing around 30mph so could still just about controll the car and get it into a layby until my fwend came to the rescue with a spare lower arm. The damage:
IMG-20190624-WA0010 by garrywadey, on Flickr
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there should be the bush housing attached to that bit, it sheared at the thread. I didn't hit and big bumps and there was no sign of any previous damage. They were bought new from mini spares and have been on the car for around 4 years - It looks like just another bananas quality part from the major supplier again. Luckily there was no other damage to the car and i avoided an accident (i dread to think what could of happened if i was doing 70mph!).
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Old 25-06-2019, 08:13 AM   #1008
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That's pretty bad luck but your really lucky things didn't go much worse!
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Old 25-06-2019, 08:26 AM   #1009
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Jeez. I have these in the parts bin for my build and about to switch to them from fixed 1.5 degree arms on my a-series car. Doesn’t bear thinking about how this could have gone...... amazing to happen at low road speed not on track?


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Old 25-06-2019, 09:50 AM   #1010
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I think i will be switching to fixed arms now to be on the safe side
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Old 25-06-2019, 12:56 PM   #1011
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I must admit, I use the MiniSport ones, always have done and they look much beefier in comparison to yours.


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Old 25-06-2019, 07:09 PM   #1012
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Wow Gaz, that's not good. Glad you didn't hit anything else or like you say, it could be a lot worse.

Where are all the other people out there using their 16v Mini's. I am now in the category of having only a project Mini...
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Old 25-06-2019, 07:29 PM   #1013
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yes andrew, i'm feeling a bit lonely now!

I've just fitted standard bottom arms to both sides and they are very even measuring 2 degrees positive camber both sides. I'd like some 2.5 degree fixed arms but i can't seem to find any so it might have to be 2 degree fixed arms with offset bushes unless anyone knows anywhere that sells 2.5 degree fixed arms?
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Old 25-06-2019, 09:23 PM   #1014
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That's very scary, I have a set of these on the orange mini and similar looking rose jointed arms from KAD on the blue car.

Not seen this before?

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Old 26-06-2019, 06:27 AM   #1015
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Close call - glad the bodywork is OK.

I have 10x rosejoints on my front suspension.. It is always on my mind. 1st thing you can bet is that it's unlikely Mini Spares fit a high standard rod end like NMB or Aurora. They are much more expensive.

You get a lot of spec when buying rod end bearings, but it's all about the bearing end, not the threaded shaft. You only need a little nick or corrosion and over the time fatigue can lead to failure ( or a major shock load from hitting a pothole).

Most other kit cars use a thicker rod end as they are based on suspension from Ford's etc.

Having said all that I used to drive a recovery truck many years ago and standard ball joints do fail as well, resulting in major damage.

Just glad the damage was minimal for you mate.
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Old 26-06-2019, 10:27 AM   #1016
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cheers mate. I was lucky to get away with no other damage or an accident and I was only a couple of miles from home.

I've ordered some fixed 2 degree lower arms which should just about make it slightly negative camber, will be fine for a road car and will have piece of mind that they are much stronger.
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Old 29-06-2019, 10:04 AM   #1017
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2 degree fixed arms fitted results in 0.5 degrees negative camber both sides so happy with that and now back on the road
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Old 29-06-2019, 11:06 AM   #1018
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Scary, fatigue failure starting from the thread minor diameter.
I have the same arms with nearly 10 years on them...
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Old 29-06-2019, 11:23 AM   #1019
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Out of interest was it a bushing or a spherical bearing in the eye end?
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Old 29-06-2019, 11:25 AM   #1020
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I must admit, I use the MiniSport ones, always have done and they look much beefier in comparison to yours.


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Swings and roundabouts, pretty sure the minispares are forged, minisport are not?
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