Sportrak front antiroll bushes?


Anyone know of a good supplier (or alternative part) to replace my front anti-roll bar rubber bushes? My local Daihatsu dealer isn't playing ball - "Sportrak's too old for us"...

Bar knocks like mad on full lock either direction, when nudging bumps - MoT man advised replacement or fail!

Cheers, Baz.


Without them? You mean the bushes, or the anti-roll bars? I'd be reluctant to take the 'bars off as 99% of my driving is on-road, and I don't want to get 'sea-sick' from body roll! Biggrin

My Sporty clunks as it is with worn bushes, so I dread to think how rattly it'd be without them, so what's the best answer? Answers on a postcard to.....


yes i did mean remove the rollbars completely...i think they recon the sportrak is stiff enough that there is not alot of change in the amount of body roll but thr front articulation is better

much ta!

Thanks for that - I'll have to have a good look under the front & try it out....once I've dug it out from the snowdrift, that is! Poor thing's under about a foot of snow, plus drift from cars either side, but it'll be out tomorrow for sure - seen too many muppets revving their FWD cars & polishing the surface! (Not much fun in my FWD works Transit, either - apart from the handbrake slides into car parks, that is.... Biggrin )

Thanks again - most useful indeedy...

Removing the anti roll bars

Removing the anti roll bars will invalidate your insurance unless you inform your insurers and they approve the modification first.


...if the anti-roll bars "weren't on the car when I bought it & I didn't know it was supposed to have 'em, Occifer?" Biggrin

Hmmmm - there's a can of worms to digest...

Ignorance of the law is no defence !!


I have looked into this re a Fourtrak, and legaly if the truck was fitted/made with them, the defence it was not there when i bought it will not help in a legal case, also will have implications for the most recent MOT Testing Station, re tester. The insurance company if you have to make a claim . Yes a legal can of worms . But the removal for offroad use seems to make a more capable truck .

Edward (ews) '92 Fourtrak 2.8 TDX

All they do is check with the

All they do is check with the last MOT testing station, if it passed the MOT they were fitted. Advisory notices were sent toall MOT testing stations aboutthe removal of anti roll bars, even if they tested a vehicle without them and passed them they would not admit it.
It would cost them their license and a lot of trade, so they have you by the short and curlies, this is in addition to its the drivers responsibility to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy.

No can of worms, just lots of legislation to catch you with.


.....Howsabout unbolting the lower wishbone bolts and hitching the anti-roll bar up & out of the way when using it off-road, re-attaching it to the wishbones with some form of hardened quick-release R-pin sort-of-thing? That way, you've got the best of both ideas, maybe? Scratch one-s headWink

Interesting suggestion !!!


Interesting thought/suggestion, but could one do that with out relieving the tension in the setup, example- jacking the front up before and after offroading.

Edward (ews) '92 Fourtrak 2.8 TDX


I got the impression, when fiddling about with the wishbone bolts during MoT on the ramp/lift, that at normal standing height (unloaded but not jacked up), there's precious little tension on the anti-roll bar at that point, as - with the wheels level - all it will do is just sit there, straight & untensioned, and its coupling bolts weren't under any side loading from the wishbones being in 'neutral' static position (ie: neither fully up or down).
Given that, I'd say it's feasible, but will obviously need some strong (cross-drilled) anchor pins in the wishbones, and high-tensile, wire-secured R-clips...or something like that.
I'll look into this one - might be promising...

...Or maybe not...

Had a closer look at my Sportrak today with regard to temporary detachment of the anti-roll bar for off-roading, but it appears impossible, as the track rod/pivot is directly above it and will stop it swinging up if detached from the lower wishbone, nor can the anti-roll bar be attached under the wishbone instead, as it won't pivot forward enough to clear safely; back to square one on that idea, then.

However, another thought struck (dangerous, these thoughts - take up too much imagination...) - maybe possible to cut the 'bar centrally, sleeve it between the chassis clamps with one end of a hefty tube welded (or clamped) to one half of the 'bar, and the other lockable by some means (unlock it for independent swivelling). I'll get my thinking cap on with that idea for refinement & safety, and let you all know...Baz.

sportrak bushes

Hi everybody new to day.
I have these bushes and it seemed a simple task to get on with replacing them.
however I found the wrap round is a lot narrower than the original bolt and coupling and unusable, does this require the purchase a new bolt and coupling??
also the actual bushes are a lot thicker and impossible to fit top and bottom
on the original mounting bolts when I say impossible I may be able to get the nut down 1 or 2 threads, just how far can you depress these synthetics?
Looking forward to any advice or work rounds (L reg sportrak)
nice site



Take a look at "Milners" site, top of page "Parts dealers" Good prices, fast delivery and helpful folks.

Edward (ews) '92 Fourtrak 2.8 TDX

Edward (ews) '92 Fourtrak 2.8 TDX

Replace them with

Replace them with polyurethane bushes, more expensive but will last far longer than the rubber ones, so work out cheaper in the long term.