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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 21:18    Post subject: Febest Reply with quote

I set up an account with this German parts company a while back; however as they only did Paypal processing I didn't buy from them.

Recently Cunninglinguist needed some suspension links and I mentioned it. He used his account to get parts for us both. I have already fitted my rear links and am quite happy with the quality o fthem:-






These Droplinks do not use the Allen key system but have a 16mm spanner flat point on the balljoint stem, this makes it much easier to remove and fit them.

As you can see from the label they fit both L300 and L400 vehicles. The company delivered within a couple of days and they have a fairly extensive parts list for both vehicles:-

This is the online shop link having selected the PD8W body, which is pertinent to most models for the parts it uses:- https://shop.febest.eu/catalog.html?brand=MITSUBISHI&model=Delica&year=1994&body=PD8W

There is also a section that can be used as a parts finder:- http://febest.de/index.php?page=catalog

Prices are far cheaper than most UK autofactors and postage is free.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooooh good post  thumbright Cheers Lewis
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 13:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cunning Linguist and I were fitting his FEBEST brand Rear droplinks last week and noted the ARB bushes were letting the bar wobble all over the place. Mine were not much better.  I only had a pair of 25MM ones (Mitsu Part MR267685) in my spares box, which I ordered wrong a few years back. The SWB uses a 23mm diameter bush (Mitsu Part MR267684).

The local autofactor wanted £5.70 + 20% VAT each for unbranded ones, which he would have to order in. I found the part on the FEBEST site, which strangely isn't listed for a Deli, and they wanted Ä6.50 each, including VAT and postage.  Shocked  :D

Pat ordered two pairs, which being over Ä20 upgraded postage to FREE DHL Airmail delivery. The tracking link showed the package was collected by DHL from the supply depot in Tallinn, Estonia at 11am on Friday, then flown by way of Gdansk, Poland - Leipzig, Germany - East Midland airport - Leeds Bradford airport to the DHL sorting depot and then delivered to my location at 11:09 this morning.

My local Autofactor will have a hard time improving on that.  Laughing


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 13:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

More parts ordered from Febest on Friday - some rear ARB bushes - which arrived this morning! Impressive, tracked DHL delivery from Estonia, via Poland and Germany, to East Midlands and then Yorkshire. It could've have taken longer to get them from a local auto-factors. Minimum order to qualify for this fantastic free delivery is only 20 Euros, so highly recommended.
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 13:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doh, I've just refreshed the page and seen that I've basically echoed what Lewis said. Pretend I'm not here.
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 13:14    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 13:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 19:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still, good to have 2 recommendations! And your local driving conditions will test the parts thoroughly.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 13:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all.

I just bought a new pair of front drop links from Febest, but I haven't installed them yet.

My problem is the ball joints feel very stiff; I managed to loosen them up by hand but they've gone stiff again after a couple of days.

Do I need to open them up and add grease?

If so what grease should I use?

Many thanks,
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 14:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked No;  leave them alone.

They should be stiff. If links go loose then they need replacing.

The links are sealed for life. If you try opning the boots up you risk putting holes in them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 21:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Lewis. Febest droplinks installed, wheel alignment done, and the old girl is back on the road for her 20th birthday (today :D )

At the risk of hijacking this thread  Embarassed my two reasons for assuming the ball joints should not be stiff:
1. they're ball joints, they're designed to move precisely but freely; the ARB is the active spring.
2. workshop manual (33A-23 to 24) specifies the rotation torque as 0.7 - 2.0 Nm, then says if "... exceeds standard value, replace the stabilizer link ... if ... lower than standard value, check that the ball joint does not feel stiff. If it doesn't feel stiff, it is possible to use the ball joint".

I'm more than happy to take your word for it that they should feel stiff, but I would also be very grateful if you could help me understand why.
:?  John
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 21:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note that the arms on the joint itself is quite short, if it was longer then it would move easier. The stiffness tolerance is preset correctly by the manufacturers machining, so there is no reason to try to loosen them up before use.


The purpose of the ARB is to reduce the sideways roll of the vehicle, between wheels on the same axle. If the joint is too flexible then it defeats the purpose, by transferring movement too easily, rather than helping absorb it; unlike ball joints on the wishbones, which need to move freely.

When the links are wearing down you will start to get more roll and that will be apparent by clunking sounds as you hit speeds ramps and potholes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 21:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received my front and rear ARB drop links from Febest today (ordered on Tuesday evening). That's my Saturday sorted, removing the original 23yr old links that are knocking.
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