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New tougher than OE range from First Line

The First Line Group (FLG) has identified a need for a heavy duty range of stabiliser links where the specification of the original item has been enhanced for greater longevity of service life and product performance.

FLG have worked closely with their manufacturing partners to identify those applications where such a product specification may be needed to cope with a more arduous working environment. In particular, focus has been given to applications such as off-road and LCV’s but also includes vehicles that are regularly used for higher mileages such as taxis and courtesy cars.

The patented products, introduced under its trusted First Line and Borg & Beck brands, are specifically designed to be more robust and of higher quality than the original equipment components, so will provide a service life of up to three times longer than the vehicle’s standard stabiliser link, which is a powerful message for independent garages to give to their customers.

The specifics of what differentiates the HD component over the standard part include a higher specification DuPont™ Delrin® plastic bearing (500p verses 100p), an increased ball pin base diameter and a larger bar diameter. Therefore, the HD range possesses a plastic bearing with a higher tensile strength and is subsequently less prone to fatigue, a ball pin with superior push and pull values and a more rigid bar. The final outcome is a substantially more robust product that is far more able to withstand the onslaught of the average daily commute.

Notable references in the range include Range Rover III 01/02- Front (FDL6969HD) and rear (FDL7159HD), Ford Transit 06- Front (FDL7089HD), Ford Transit Connect 02- Front (FDL6565HD) and Vauxhall Signum, Vectra (C)- Front (FDL6722HD). A full range listing is available upon request.