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    Check worn ball joints

    Hi all after thinking I had fixed the thump in the front end all was good for a few weeks then the l/h strut wanted to join the party , I replaced this strut 6 years ago & 60k with a delphi strut and going down this road again has anyone had any advice on the Chinese strut they are a lot cheaper and in australia
    Regards denis

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    I've used a Chinese air bag from ebay. I had to modify it a little but it's working fine so far.

    I did buy a complete strut unit as well for $250 but I haven't had to fit it yet so it is still sitting in the box. I would say the quality looks fine but I'm not going to know what it is like on the road until I put it in and try it.

    So cheap though, probably worth the risk.
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    Follow up worn ball joints

    Thanks for the feedback re Chinese strut i was tempted to give it a try but got a good deal from island 4x4 in UK 300.00 Moore but oem and thats delivered to Tweed Heads but again many thanks
    Regards denis

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    I use Arnotts ex USA (FCPEuro) you could replace just the airbag which will replace the rattly bearing. i think they come in under 300usd for the airbag. You can also buy locally for $$$ (Airbagworld)

    The shocks will last for yonks and its an easy replacement.

    Ive already been down the chinese parts run, never again. Last thing you want is a failed bag seal, really not worth it in my opinion.
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    Update

    Just an update on the Chinese struts.

    I ended up fitting the front strut a couple of month ago as the air spring developed a leak on the bottom O rings.

    So I noticed that you loose about 2" of suspension travel when the strut is fully extended compared to the Land Rover unit. But other than that it is working fine and I can't tell the difference between the LR strut on the drivers side and the Chinese on the passenger side.
    04 L322 Vogue V8 - Work truck
    07 Freelander 2 TD4 SE - The wifes
    74 Leyland P76 Targa Florio - Aspen Green
    91 Kawasaki GPZ900R


    Previous LRs = 78IIa series - 81, 93, 95 RRC - D2V8

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    Today I changed my ball joints and both arms in the front with some MaxspeedingRods replacements from Ebay. Front Upper & Lower Suspension Control Arm Kit For Range Rover L322 LR018343 | eBay as well as some Leformer steering rack ends and drag links a couple of weeks ago. (with a wheel alignment when I did the rack ends)

    My issue was wayward steering, a violent shake in the steering if I hit a bump at 100kmph and they couldn't get the steering wheel to stay straight even after the wheel alignment. I thought my steering rack was toast cause I couldn't find any slack in any of the joints. I did find the issue when I removed the suspension arms. The front passenger lower arm ball joint went "POP" when I undid bush bolt. So when I jiggled it when testing it seamed fine. Wasn't till the weight came off that it showed a problem.

    She is tight as a drum now. I really don't see the problem with the Chinese stuff i've bought so far. I did pop the boots off the main ball joints and put a bit more grease in them as a precaution. But overall I'm happy with the cheap parts.
    04 L322 Vogue V8 - Work truck
    07 Freelander 2 TD4 SE - The wifes
    74 Leyland P76 Targa Florio - Aspen Green
    91 Kawasaki GPZ900R


    Previous LRs = 78IIa series - 81, 93, 95 RRC - D2V8

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