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    Heavy duty steering bars

    Hello people thought I would share my experience with you all.

    The bearing on th crimped end of my drag link was looking very much the worse for wear and as it isn't replaceable i started looking around for a new one, preferably heavy duty. I came across a product called sumo bars, there aren't many options for the p38 so it was a quick search and after contacting Ben at gwyn lewis 4x4 in the UK decided to take the plunge,

    They arrived on Monday, I ordered then Wednesday last week, both steering bars, track rod and drag link have both ends replaceable, and the ends that come with them are very solid looking and have grease nipples, so I'm hoping they last.

    The bars themselves are 30mm solid stainless steel bar, and they feel like it, nice and heavy.

    The kit, including steering damper bracket and all stainless fixings came to 168, postage was another 109, but was quick, on the day it came out at $440 delivered, not cheap but they look like they will outlive planet earth, let alone the car!

    Wheel alignment today, looks like I'm up for a front wheel bearing, I know that's not going to be cheap!
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    I can't work out how to post them, they are taken and waiting to go up
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    They do look the part! Strong as you could get!

    I do like that they have grease nipples too. They will out-live the car!

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    Excellent timing! I just have the P38 on the lift and partially apart to replace a leaking oil cooler. My steering rod is also worn out, to the point that I had to bodge it to get through the MOT so I will take this thread and order me some of these fine looking units.

    Thanks for posting!

    -P

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    Just be sure to put plenty of anti seize compound on everything before you assemble them, because they are all stainless steel they can bind or 'pick up ', then you are finished.

    Copper grease is what I used, worked a treat
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    Just to follow up; I also ordered a set from gwyn.

    The order was very well packaged, strapped to a wooden board and it is quite heavy. The rod's are made of massive stainless steel rod's, I don't think they are hollow tubes I'm having trouble removing the old rods, probably due to rust that has started to form. my 1/2 ton hydraulic press could not get them out and lowering the car onto the rod end does not help either. I'll have to borrow one of those vork's that can be wedged in.

    Anyway, if anyone is in the market, I can recommend gwyn's units, they look the business

    Cheers,

    -P

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    They are solid 30mm stainless steel bar, they might now be the strongest part of the car!

    My old steering bars were a bit reluctant to come off as well, I found soaking with an anti seize or wd40 and a hammer did the trick, I got the best results hitting the sides of the knuckles, when they crack they just fall out and you wonder what all the fuss was about.

    Good luck with fitting and let us know how you go
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