First Line’s premium range of steering and suspension components offers the aftermarket one of the most comprehensive ranges available. Containing over 8,000 references, it provides customers with wide vehicle parc coverage.
As a result of its market position, new-to-range (NTR) additions are constantly being introduced and naturally these will also reflect developments made by the vehicle manufacturers (VMs) when they change the design of a particular component, such as hybrid link bars and hydraulic bushes.
A current example is the latest stabiliser link bar used on several VAG models, including the Golf and A3. This link bar utilises hybrid technology and has a fairly radical appearance, as it combines a hollow twisted bar with a carbon fibre reinforced plastic ball joint body, which returns weight-saving benefits over the part it supersedes.
Although both versions are completely interchangeable, in order to provide the independent with the specific solution for each vehicle application, First Line offers both the original design (First Line part number FDL6732) and the new hybrid version (FDL7441). However, First Line advises that the versions are not mixed on the same vehicle and best practice recommends that they are replaced in pairs.
Although solid rubber bushes are still the most common solution for VM’s, hydraulic bushes are increasing in popularity, as they provide more comfort and control. First Line offers more than 20 references that are hydraulic bushes all of which manufactured to original equipment (OE) quality and therefore reflect the same noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) properties. Non-matching OE quality alternatives, that are not manufactured to these high standards, can have an adverse effect on vehicle comfort and handling, which can also result in wear to other suspension components.
In keeping with company policy, all First Line references are manufactured to match the standard of the original equipment component, with each product being rigorously tested and audited by First Line before being introduced into the range. To underpin this level of quality, First Line steering and suspension components come with a 2 year / 24,000 mile warranty for total peace of mind.
In 2012 First Line launched the Key Parts brand. Key Parts is a range of high quality products at competitive prices that offer the customer the best value for money possible. Covering only the key fast moving applications the Key Parts range offers minimum stock investment for maximum sales opportunity.
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