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As part of the front end range, Roadsafe offer a full compliment of ‘long rods’. Featuring a variety of Drag Links, Centre Rods, Track Rods and Side Rods, Roadsafe offer over 200 catalogued numbers, suiting hundreds of known vehicle applications. A key feature of the Roadsafe product range is development and range rationalization. Where it is identified that a ‘small difference’ is evident between components on similar models, Roadsafe investigate ways of rationalizing so only one component will cover for both applications. Such is the case with the Drag Links for the Nissan Patrol. The Roadsafe Nissan Patrol Drag Links – DL700S and DL710S – have been designed based on a combination of the two different styles that are present for each application.
Basically the DL700S replaces the two genuine drag links listed for the GQ Patrol and the DL710S replaces the two genuine links listed for the GU Patrol. Since the only difference between the genuine models is the steering damper brackets – the team at Roadsafe designed the new components with two brackets on each item to allow for fitment for either application in the range. While at the drawing board, the links were also designed to be Heavy Duty, with additional heavy duty replaceable ends, and adjustable to suit for lifted vehicles. A worn ‘long rod’ can cause a variety of steering related issues including wandering, erratic steering and excessive tyre wear.
With more than 2700 known vehicle applications, featuring over 3000 individual lines in both our Roadsafe and O.E.M. Products ranges, plus an additional range of over 700 lines in our ‘555’ Japanese brand, we believe that our steering and suspension line-up is the most comprehensive in Australasia, with continued part number development as needs are identified.
All Roadsafe parts are manufactured to Quality Standards and are inspected and tested to ensure the company’s high quality requirements are maintained prior to release to the market place. Roadsafe have worked exceptionally hard over the past years to build new and better features into both the products and ranges.
As manufacturing technology has improved, so too have the parts. The Roadsafe range of components have undergone some radical changes over the past years, to build extra special features into the parts. The outcome being, numerous benefits to ensure a superior long life product.
- Boot Fitment
Tie rod end boots have been redesigned to include internal metal spring rings, top and bottom. The inclusion of these rings ensures that the boot has a more secure and neat fit, thus offering greater resistance to contaminants.
- Boot Material
The material of the dust boots has been changed to a 100% CR neoprene. This new material is treated for high ozone and weather resistance, low flammability, and high oil, fuel and chemical tolerance, offering greater resistance to contaminants and increased longevity.
- Ball Pin – Material
Being one of the most critical components of any steering or suspension product, a great deal of time has been spent refining the ball pin. The ball pins on new items are now being manufactured from SCM435 molybdenum and chromium alloy steel.
- Ball Pin – Hardness
Heat treatment is applied to the ball studs making the hardness of the ball surface 20-25 Rockwell with depth of .3-.5mm. This hardening process aids the ball stud in reducing wear, providing for longer life of the component, and allowing the factory to offer their 3 year 100,000km Warranty.
- Ball Pin – Movement
Newly manufactured items also includes an extra production process in the ball pin called a ‘mirror treatment’. This finish involves the ball being polished to a radius tolerance of 0.0015mm. The polishing process gives the final ball stud a superior surface, and much smoother movement during rotation.
Over 90% of the new products coming through are now fully encapsulated, packed with high quality French Molybdenum Disulphide Grease. Full encapsulation offers zero movement in the ball stud, unlike the older style metal to metal designs. The full encapsulation provides for a smoother and quieter operation, and subsequent increased longevity.
Full encapsulation also means that there is no need for grease nipples. Many alternative brands offer encapsulated product, but still offer the provision for greasing with a grease nipple, which is unnecessary. If actually greased in these circumstances, the grease has nowhere to go, and if pressure is continued, greasing can result in the dislocation of the base plate and subsequent failure of the joint.
Where Roadsafe’s new product is fully encapsulated it is supplied without grease nipples.
- Nylon Seat
The nylon seat supplied in the fully encapsulated product is manufactured from nylon impregnated with molybdenum disulphide, again for improved smoothness and wear characteristics.
- Phosphate Coating
You might also notice a change in the general appearance of some of the products. The entire part (with the exception of the boot) are treated with a phosphate coating, giving them a smooth black appearance, forming a protective cover to permanently protect the steel surface from corrosion.