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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: Barossa Valley
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Adam, I put some of the supplied grease on the bushes and when I looked at it after driving around the block (which felt very strange, soft & slippery is how I describe it) you could see where the grease had been spread along the bar about 50mm both sides of the bushes.

You could also see where the front link had hit on the side of the chassis due to the movement. On the drivers side are 2 pipes which I presume are fuel lines & they had marks where the bar had touched them. Also the links were no longer upright & leaning over. These links have ball joints, I suppose you would say, so they have a fair range of movement.
As you can see on my comparison picture the original bar has straps around it on the inside of the rubber bushes which would prevent any movement.

Just check the alignment of the links at the front end of the bar & see if they are still upright. Did you smear some of the supplied lube on the bushes at installation?

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Date Registered: 08-2005
Location: Sydney
TOTAL POSTS: 542
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Dave, I had the bar fitted, did not do it myself however I did watch the whole process. I do not recall them applying any grease.

I will check my bar this weekend to see if there has been any lateral movement.



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Date Registered: 08-2005
Location: NEWCASTLE
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Hi Guys
I had a whiteline sway bar on my U13 Bluebird and I put the grease on they supplied with the bar and had slight movement of 5mm either way but nothing like you have experienced Dave. For going off road I would not reccomend a increase in the size of you sway bar because after fitting the sway bar to my Bluebird I could lift the car completly from the front jack point to change both wheels, no good for wheel travel

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Date Registered: 09-2008
Location: Gippsland
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As a matter of interest - where did you find poly bushes for the rear radius rods?

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Date Registered: 06-2014
Location: Illawarra NSW
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Re: HOW CAN I TIGHTEN UP THE WANDERING?


Hi All,

I accept 4WD's are going to wander more than a car - and I have just upgraded from a late model small car. Overall I'm impressed with the handling of the T31...its very tight compared to an old Jeep Cherokee I used to drive (that thing shifted side to side in a straight line so steering it was constant corrections).

My Xtrail is not like this - but I can still feel chassis shift JUST AT THE BEGINIING OF A TURN - even a gentle corner. I believe this is normal - but I'd sure like to know if it can be helped.

There is no play in the steering gear nor wear in the bushings/joints - its done 43K - all on-road, underbody is near new. Standard wheels and tyres so tracking is not an issue. I'm not talking about body roll.

I do not have a front sway bar fitted - and I am looking for one. I don't know for sure you could call this SWAY - but sway definitely kicks in at higher speeds/harder cornering. But then again, if I knew what I was talking about I wouldn't be asking here for comments and suggestions? Anyone?

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Date Registered: 05-2010
Location: Adelaide
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T31 has front suspension and steering mounted on a sub-frame that is attached to the body via vibration insulating mounts. Also the steering is Electric assisted and that may have a very slight lag. put all that together with tyre sidewall flex then some slight delay in response is inevitable. Perhaps!



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