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Old 13-10-09, 11:02   #1
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Strut bearing top plate failure..

Anyone ever seen this before? Just happened to me then when taking the Calais for a leisurely drive around the block....
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Old 13-10-09, 11:15   #2
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What brand are they? How old are they? I have new nolathane adjustables in my Calais. Those pics don't look too good. I've heard and seen of the factory rubber ones coming away from the centre part, but never that bad.
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Old 13-10-09, 11:22   #3
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your lucky it didnt come through the bonnet
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Old 13-10-09, 11:30   #4
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I've only heard bad things about the adjustable Nolathane strut tops Steve, but that's scary.

Is anything else damaged?
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Old 13-10-09, 11:36   #5
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Not sure what brand they are or age, but I am guessing theyre nolathane (well mainly because they're red!)

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I've only heard bad things about the adjustable Nolathane strut tops Steve, but that's scary.

Is anything else damaged?
Really? Spill it! I just ordered a new set of adjustable Nolathane tops..............

Nothing else damaged that I can see at the moment.


Just pulled out the strut in the time between posting this thread and now...
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Old 13-10-09, 12:05   #6
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I had some pedders adjustable ones f/up





This is without even driving the car, they fell out while it was jacked up for a month or 2 in my driveway. But when I went back the ones they replaced it with(still pedders brand) were of a different quality, so I figure the batch was a bit rough!

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Old 13-10-09, 12:45   #7
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I would go Pedders as a minimum Steve. I think Nolathane bushes are ok, but I wouldn't bother with their strut tops. K-Mac if you want to splurge.
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Old 13-10-09, 13:16   #8
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I had some pedders adjustable ones f/up

This is without even driving the car, they fell out while it was jacked up for a month or 2 in my driveway. But when I went back the ones they replaced it with(still pedders brand) were of a different quality, so I figure the batch was a bit rough!
Woah thats crazy!
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I remember when that happened jbonez, not nice at all.
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Old 13-10-09, 14:06   #10
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Yea I will be inspecting the new ones regularly, It was almost like they didnt put enough hardener in them (not sure how poly works tho) but if you look at that design there is alot of stress put on that polyeurathane section with not alot of a lip to hold it all in, They offered to do the work if I could get the car to them, but how was I going to tow it with the strut loose in the guard? Plus mechanical shops use rattle guns too bloody much.
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Old 13-10-09, 16:36   #11
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Yeh worked out mine was a Nolethane Adjustable....
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Dun dun dunnnnnnnnn!!!
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Sh!t. Best be keeping an eye on mine then.
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Old 14-10-09, 21:50   #14
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That type of thing is normally a result of the suspension bottoming out over time, and/or having worn, damaged, or too short or long bump stops installed (or no bump stops). Have seen quite a few sets fail in a similar way over the years. probably been failing for a while now, once the urethane starts to break up they deteriorate rapidly. Could simply just be old and worn out, and finally gave up. The Urethane doesn't flex nearly as much s rubber, which is why they are good for control, however once they go, they go!
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Old 15-10-09, 06:48   #15
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Maybe try Noltec, the blue ones. They're priced about the same as Nolathane.

EDIT: Oops, just did a search, looks like they've been bought out by Whiteline.
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Old 15-10-09, 07:05   #16
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Maybe try Noltec, the blue ones. They're priced about the same as Nolathane.

EDIT: Oops, just did a search, looks like they've been bought out by Whiteline.
I have the noltec style tops in my car, and they are awesome. There's no urethane or rubber to break, so this **** doesn't happen.
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Old 15-10-09, 09:42   #17
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I've had KMAC ones on for years and never problems with it. I recommend go for KMAC ones
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Old 15-10-09, 12:30   #18
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Ah well... I bought Nolethane ones again - I was in a rush to get it ready for RWC which I passed. I'll probably overhaul the lot another day soon...

I had some Kmac's before but I sold them in one of my 'getting out of VL' sales a couple of years ago!
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