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Roads weren't perfectly flat and no matter where you go, there will be irregularities on the pavement. This is the reason why vehicles are equipped with a suspension system. it is made up of different components working together to provide you with steering stability and good vehicle handling so your passengers stay comfortable inside the cabin even if the trail you're passing on is bumpy. The suspension system does the said job by maximizing the friction between the vehicle's tires and the road surface. One of the suspension components that contribute to the suspension system's functionality is the lateral link. It helps provide your passengers with a comfortable ride by resisting sideways motions in a wheel. Because of its task, it is just right that you provide it with proper care and regular maintenance. When it gets damaged and replacement seems necessary, it is good to go for a direct fit OE replacement lateral link. This is to be sure that it will fit perfectly in place of your stock, making installation a breeze. If you aren't sure about the dimensions of your stock, you can go for adjustable units with detachable ends and bushings. Where else can you get such high-quality lateral link than here? We offer them to you at reasonable prices. Superb customer service is also our priority so place your order today!

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Date Published: July 30,2014

Some Tips to Find the Right Lateral Link

Every time you swerve and change lanes, your suspension works underneath to ensure that your vehicle maintains a smooth and safe ride for everyone. Its lateral links help maintain the automobile's balance and steering stability by resisting sideway motions in the wheels. A damaged lateral link can make shifting difficult and driving uncomfortable. It can be replaced easily; however, the challenge is finding the right piece that fits your automobile. Here is a quick guide to help you out.

Tip No. 1: Know your suspension's specs and the lateral link's location.

Lateral links are designed based on the suspension's specs and location. Most links come in different shapes and designs to fit the varying specs of the suspension. Some possess straight and slim arms, some have slim arms but curved styles, and others have curvier shapes and wider arms. Before you purchase a replacement, check your owner's manual and find out the following:

  • Suspension specs: Know the location of the suspension where the link will be installed. Is it at the front or at the rear? Will it be installed at the passenger side or driver side? You must also take note of the suspension design and know if it's independent or dependent. Both types require different lateral link designs.
  • Lateral link location and specs: You have to answer the following questions. Will it be installed as an upper arm or a downward arm? How long does it have to be so it would easily fit my suspension? Find out if it meets your vehicle's requirements; its specifications are usually included in the product information.
  • Part number (if available): Some makes provide specific part numbers to all the components in the vehicle. It would help to know the part number so you can easily compare if there are OEMs and aftermarket parts that are patterned after the original.

Tip No. 2: Don't be such a cheapskate; prioritize quality over price.

A typical lateral link usually costs between $50 and $100. Think it's too steep? If you want to make a viable investment, it would be smart to choose an average-priced component. Sure, you can get lateral links that cost less than $50; however, most low-priced replacements from unknown brands are not worth your buck. You should go for parts that are manufactured by recognized names. These provide warranty to ensure high quality on all their products.

Lateral links that are priced higher usually offer other features, which is what makes them a good investment. Some links are designed specifically for off-road vehicles, making them more resilient and durable compared to the typical link. Other links provide an adjustable design, making them easier to install.

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Date Published: July 30,2014

How to Replace Your Subaru's Lateral Link

If you're the type who likes driving on uneven plains, rocky paths, and slippery slopes, your lateral link is more likely to get damaged. If you're having a trouble controlling your auto and making quick turns, you may have to replace your busted lateral link. This article will guide you through the entire process.

CAUTION: This is only applicable to Subaru vehicles with rear suspensions.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things you'll need:

  • Owner's manual
  • Rear lateral link (check if it fits your vehicle's specs)
  • New bushing kit (if your old bushings are worn down as well)
  • Sand paper
  • Jack stands
  • Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tire lubricant
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses

Steps:

  1. Always wear personal protective equipment (gloves, safety glasses, etc.) before starting.
  2. Use the jack stands to elevate the vehicle. Carefully take out the rear wheels, stabilizers, ABS wheel speed sensor harness, and bolts that connect the trailing link to the housing.
  3. Make sure you place an alignment mark on the rear lateral link's adjustment bolt and crossmember. Detach the differential and other interfering components until you reach the actual lateral link.
  4. Once everything has been taken out, get your new lateral link replacement and press the bushings into place. (Replace bushings if necessary.) Use the tire lubricant if you have difficulty attaching the bushings. You can also sand the components if you want to change their paint color.
  5. Attach the DOJ to the differential. Afterwards, get the detached bolts and secure the new lateral link assembly to the housing. Reattach the trailing link, ABS wheel speed sensor harness, and stabilizers.
  6. Check your wheel alignment and make the necessary adjustments.

Remember:

  • Avoid the side bearing retainer at all costs and use the bolts as supporting points upon removal.
  • When loosening bolts, loosen the nut while you're holding the adjusting bolt.
  • Follow proper tightening torque measurements. Refer to owner's manual.