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#3053234 - 02/08/16 02:11 PM What year was the watts link stud dangerous?
Fordiesel69 Offline

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Years ago there was a group buy for a center stud for the rear axle. Its the stud that the watts link goes onto. People would report during auto cross or other types of course racing it would shear off. What years did this happen and did ford ever fix it? Reason I ask is that a retired state police mechanic never heard of this.
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#3053386 - 02/08/16 03:05 PM Re: What year was the watts link stud dangerous? [Re: Fordiesel69]
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Most cases of the stud shearing off are when a rear wheel hit something solid, like a curb. I autocrossed my '05 CVPI that was a rust bucket a LOT with the Metco watts link and the stud is still in one piece, sitting in the backyard with the rest of the housing.
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#3053490 - 02/08/16 03:31 PM Re: What year was the watts link stud dangerous? [Re: Fordiesel69]
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98+ when the watts link was added. I don't think there is a certain year that it got worse.

While there are failures, I don't think it is a common one under common operating conditions even police use and curb hopping.
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#3053682 - 02/08/16 04:21 PM Re: What year was the watts link stud dangerous? [Re: Bangster]
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Originally Posted By Bangster
98+ when the watts link was added. I don't think there is a certain year that it got worse.

While there are failures, I don't think it is a common one under common operating conditions even police use and curb hopping.

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We ended up breaking one at the drift school but the vics are obviously seeing a lot of abuse so it had to happen at some point.
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#3055666 - 02/09/16 02:56 PM Re: What year was the watts link stud dangerous? [Re: Fordiesel69]
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So there are no bolt shearing stories when replacing a new Watts link? I will be (hopefully) replacing mine tonight with a new Motorcraft unit. I "PB-blasted" a couple times last week.
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#3058386 - 02/10/16 08:01 PM Re: What year was the watts link stud dangerous? [Re: Fordiesel69]
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Until reading about it here in a thread once, I had never heard of a failed watts link center stud .....and we used CVPIs almost exclusively the last 12 years of my career. Some of my fellow Troopers were much harder on them than I .... but I had no hesitation to throw it into a bootleg turn to run one down.
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#3068177 - 02/16/16 12:11 PM Re: What year was the watts link stud dangerous? [Re: Merc1973]
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Originally Posted By Merc1973
So there are no bolt shearing stories when replacing a new Watts link? I will be (hopefully) replacing mine tonight with a new Motorcraft unit. I "PB-blasted" a couple times last week.


Update: I successfully replaced my watts link without and breakage. The whole stud came out. SO I guess there is no problem with that.
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