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Old May 16th, 2010, 10:46 AM   #26
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I've read through this thread & it seems to have gone dead.
Can anyone update the status of the info that was being asked here? Whether we can use Protege lateral links instead.
I am in the market for replacing my lateral link bushings so I can get my alignment done, as my rear end is ever slighty out that it's not ruining my tires & don't want to buy the new arms from Mazda @ $82ea.
Also, if so & I went with the protege trailing arms, what difference would I see in the ride & cornering? Better or worse? I have the AWR 19mm rear sway bar & stock 225 tires.
Why not use the Probe/mx6 trailing arms?
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Old May 17th, 2010, 04:46 AM   #27
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my setup has the probe/mx6 trailing arms.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 06:18 PM   #28
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There's nothing wrong with my trailing arms, just saw that it sounds like the protege ones are an upgrade?
But really, I need the lateral link bushings. Anyone have an idea if there's something else we can use or for the Aussie's that have access to Nolathane, anyone know a part #?
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Old June 13th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #29
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Sorry to keep flailin a dead horse,but I'm trying to finalize all this in my head. It looks like some type of "arms" are being used in pairs to replace the rear control arms,yes? Would these "arms" be "lower arm bars" as sold on corksport.com for the 99-'03 protege? They sell'em at $145 usd each. I def want this adjustability for my PSE,as it's out now after being lowered,& no one knows how/or will do what the car needs to git-r-right. It'd be great to take a socket wrench & a tape measure/bubble level to it & DIM!
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Old July 18th, 2010, 01:58 PM   #30
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so I have been researching this "Nolathane" stuff and I can only find bushings for the trailing arms. Thats not what I need though. What I require is the bushings for the four "lateral links". I cannot seem to find replacement bushings or arms. My arms themselves are not bent, so I could re-use them. But the bushings are rotten, so I need those badly. Can anyone point me to the right spot to buy them?
Also, i looked all over AWR's site and could not find them there either.. help!
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Old July 18th, 2010, 06:52 PM   #31
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Old July 18th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #32
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^ explain.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 09:12 PM   #33
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I think what gonen2 means, is to make your own lateral links. All you have to do is get some Heim joints, and a bar that goes in the middle that is threaded female at both ends. I have the same plan to make the end links you see in the photo of the car with that setup. All you would have to do is measure the length of the lateral links hole to hole, and subtract out some of the joint's length to get a DIY Lateral Link.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #34
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I think what gonen2 means, is to make your own lateral links. All you have to do is get some Heim joints, and a bar that goes in the middle that is threaded female at both ends. I have the same plan to make the end links you see in the photo of the car with that setup. All you would have to do is measure the length of the lateral links hole to hole, and subtract out some of the joint's length to get a DIY Lateral Link.
Yep I plan on doing this too. Just need to know the size of the bolt also so you can size up the heim ends correctly. I know jk96pgt said he was gonna get some measurement and also do a write up about them but haven't seen anything. I think I'll PM him about it sometime. Not too much in a hurry to get em yet.

Also to help you find the connectors look for: "connector rods/tube" or "swedged rods" if I remember correctly in correspondance with searching for heim joint ends. I had a hard time finding the the rods but an easy time finding some of the heim ends. Not sure if anyone has run into this as well.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 09:43 PM   #35
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The HEIM End Joints are also called Rod End Bearings.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 09:56 AM   #36
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I would make my own if I could, but I do not have such resources for fabricating and i do not want "heim joints". I want urethane bushings so it can have a wee bit of give when driven hard.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #37
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I was supposed to take the measurements on my stuff this weekend, but didn't. I will this week and post them up. Its just a matter of buying the pieces, there is really not any fabrication needed.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #38
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I measured the rear rear lateral link and it was about 1' 11'', or 23". Rear forward link looks to be a bushing type link, and I forgot the measurement of that one, maybe like 4" less I think? I think you would be safe if you got a link that is extendable to 25 or 26" from a starting length of 21".
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Old March 21st, 2017, 06:42 PM   #39
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Well, it has been, like forever, but I installed some items last weekend (dissertation+work+parenting). The lateral links are finally installed on my 96 M edition with K-sports, but I need to adjust and check fitment on the ground. I also need to test fit the swaybar fitment. Hopefully, I'll be able to do that this weekend and snap some pictures!
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Old March 21st, 2017, 09:20 PM   #40
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Holy resurrected thread, Batman! 7 year hiatus, then brought back by an original author no less!

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Old March 23rd, 2017, 05:20 PM   #41
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Good to see that the project was finished so many never get finished anymore
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Old March 25th, 2017, 04:27 PM   #42
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I should have also offered congratulations, something I would also like to do one day. New engine build first.
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Old March 26th, 2017, 06:07 PM   #43
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Ran into some delays fitting the swaybar today and was not able to snap pictures. Hopefully next weekend.
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Old April 1st, 2017, 06:35 PM   #44
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Ok, I was able to fit everything today! I'll try to snap some pictures tomorrow for a writeup. This setup has Ksport Kontrol Pro's for a protege, AWR lateral links for a protege, AWR trailing arms for a MX6/Probe, AWR 21mm anti-swaybar for a protege, AWR end-links for a protege.
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Old April 1st, 2017, 07:45 PM   #45
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Looks like you can't buy the lateral links from AWR anymore but King6 still sells them
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 03:49 AM   #46
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Yes, AWR does not list the lateral links on their site anymore. The nice feature about these lateral links for autocross applications are the spherical bearings. The King6 lateral links are a nice alternative, but they use poly bushings (which will be better for street applications).
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