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I refurbished a front crossmember a while ago and I’ve just noticed that the braces that run from the crossmember back to the chassis rails are slightly different. Initially I thought they were damaged! Does anyone know;

  • When they changed - which years had each type?
  • Why they changed?
  • Are they interchangeable?

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checked a few of mine. no difference in any shape wise except    :

     later ones ( presumably) have a brace welded across near the steering rack bolt hole and they also have a reinforced welded on washer for thesame bolt hole too.

otherwise i think its the shiny paint thats making it look different as mentioned above.

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just had a look under both of mine for you.

all have the bulge . 

  ps and if you dont mind me saying " thats a damm fine rubber bush you got in there. did you change it or is it the original. they seem to last forever anyway but are an absolute bugger to change !

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You worried me @Jessopia74 but I’ve check too and they’re all like that. The bulge gives spanner/socket clearance on the other side.

I’ve put a straightedge across both the old and new and guess what? They’re exactly the same. 😁 The light and the shine just make them look different.

Thats an old bush @cam.in.head but its not necessarily the original -it may have been replaced buy a previous owner.

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