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Old February 25th, 2006, 02:35 AM
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Problems with the safari gard 3 link?

Sorry if this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if anyone here has had problems with the safari gard 3 link suspension set up? In the feb issue of Land Rovers Monthly they talked about how their safari gard set up failed them, I was wondering if this is a common thing, or was cuz of because of the user? The article talked about how the bump stops werent sufficient enough and that the front suspension kept failing. Anyone with this problem?
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Old February 25th, 2006, 03:24 PM
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I think the biggest problem people have with the 3-link is getting one on time Seriously, its a great product for what it is and what it costs.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 08:55 PM
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The LRM article was about a 40k kilometer trip around Africa. For that kind of use I'm not suprised it failed. I've seen them on the trails and they work very well for that kind of thing.
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Old February 26th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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Also, they wee talking about the springs I believe. not the actuall 3-link system.. I run the system and have no problems... I don't run there springs though or and of there shock mount stuff..
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Old February 26th, 2006, 03:18 PM
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hey thanks for your guys' input, its greatly appreciated.
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Old February 26th, 2006, 07:29 PM
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If you want wheel travel, its the way to go. Also is great when you have a lift cause you can dial in your pinion and castor angle to get it to steer good again. it also protects your tie rod from damage due to its built in protector...
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I didn't read the article but I just can't see how a bump stop will cause the 3-link to fail Anyway, the only failure that 3-link had been in early production. The first failure was caused by not having enough separation between the radius arms and the 3rd link, which they fixed. The second failure happened b/c SG used a stock x-member and welded the 3rd link mounts to, under sever braking the x-member will buckle and cause the axle to rotate, now SG sells a HD x-member. Other than those two there wasn't any failures.
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Grahams truck doesn't have a three link.. The failure was the set up.. The shock mounts failed because the front springs/bumpstops allowed the axle to travel more than the shock. The solution will be taller front shock mounts..

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