Whats those things that stick down

Submitted: Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 14:56
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I just saw a Ford Territory ? I think 4wd / AWD going by. From behind it had things that were attached to the back axle either side of the diff. They looked aftermarket and reduced the ground clearance considerable. This is the second time I saw one this week and noticed this. Can't be the same one (they were both silver in alexandria though).

Is that a design thingy or is it an add on do you know what I am rambling on about?

Skinny
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Reply By: Member - rengatt (VIC) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 15:35

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 15:35
Are they angled from the diff to the wheel?
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Follow Up By: Skinny- Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 15:42

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 15:42
My friends will tell you, I am no engineer.. but they look unusual. The start next ot the diff and go up at an angel.

Funny part is they seem to stick below the bottom of the axle a good few cm and the angle is very steep.
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Skinny
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 15:47

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 15:47
Probably like those little aerial thingys we used to see on old peoples cars, you know, the ones with the little balls on the end, and they used to tell if they are getting too close to the kerb.

In the Fords case, probably to detects if the track is getting too rough, and a warning light comes up on the dash, on the wife's side, so she can see it, and start berating her husband to turn back. You can have all the lights and buzzers you like, but when the wife crosses her arms and stares straight out in front, you just know you are in for a spray if you get stuck....

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:22

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:22
Wolfie,
Sounds to me like you must have been a back seat passenger with someone else going down one of those tracks......after all, I simply can't imagine Tracey ever having sat there, arms crossed, staring out the front, getting ready to give you a spray if you got stuck. Not the Tracey i've met anyway!!!! hahahaha ;-)
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Reply By: Member - John C (QLD) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:06

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:06
I have seen them too.
Some sort of rear location member?
These things are fully independent rears use the 'blade' suspension from the falcon.

Don't leave much ground clearance for a 4wd,even if they are a softroader!
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:36

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:36
Close to the mark as I see it Johnno. I've noticed it on quite a few of the IRS soft roaders ... various makes.

Can't imagine how long the setup would last in even moderately heavy going.

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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:51

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:51
They are just part of the suspension (would be similar to the Upper/Lower control arm’s on a IFS I think) all IRS AWD’s have them you can just see some more clearly then other’s. They are just asking to be bent on the first rock or in weal ruts. Then that is why they are called soft roaders or “STV” Soft terrane vehicle.
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 21:31

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 21:31
Sway bar link pins.
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Follow Up By: craig - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 01:37

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 01:37
umm, that would be anti-sway.
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Follow Up By: craig - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 01:38

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 01:38
bar that is
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 08:07

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 08:07
No link pins. That is sway bar link pins.

They connect the ANTI SWAY Bar to the suspension components.

Its still a sway bar.

Say Bar, Anti Sway Bar. Talk about splitting hairs.
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Reply By: pjd - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 18:44

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 18:44
does it matter ! if you are a real 4 wheel driver you wouldnt look twice at one
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 17:08

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 17:08
just the lower control arm for the irs, have a look at a ford escape and you will see some real vunerable jobs..
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