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Old 13th-July-2012, 11:15
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Default Just bought a modded Freelander TD4... seems to have no front PropShaft!

I've just (last night at Auction) bought a 2002 five door Freelander, that the previous owner (who had it from new) did a few bits to.

So far I've discovered (some more obvious than others!) a 2" lift and some chunky tyres, a snorkel, a synergy 2 digital tuning model, some wiring and switches for roof lights, and a little gadget that shows the angle of the car...

More pressing, is that I've discovered a distinct lack of a front propshaft (it was dark and raining at the auction, whoops!).

Now, why would someone remove the front propshaft? The number of receipts I have for this vehicle indicate that the previous owner was a pretty careful chap who didn't mind spending money, so there must be a reason.

Suggestions so far have included a problem with the viscous coupling, fuel economy, and to alter the wear on the rear tyres... which leads me on to point number two...

The front tyres have a really deep tread, that's wearing quite evenly. They're oversize tyres, and the do rub at full lock, but not much. The rear tyres however, have a massively deep tread on the inside edge, tapering off to almost no tread on the outside edge. This is presumably a camber problem, i.e. something wrong with the suspension setup?

Any tips and info gratefully received!
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Old 13th-July-2012, 11:31
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Default Re: Just bought a modded Freelander TD4... seems to have no front PropShaft!

2" lift - camber problems.
No front prop - FUCT drive train and no good off road .

Good luck. Time to intruduce yoself methinks .
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Old 13th-July-2012, 11:35
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Default Re: Just bought a modded Freelander TD4... seems to have no front PropShaft!

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2" lift - camber problems.
No front prop - FUCT drive train and no good off road .
Is the no front prop the cause of the fuct drive train, or is the fuct drive train mitigated by the removal of the prop?

I'm not hugely fond of the 2" lift. There's a freelander in the car park, I wonder if he'd notice if I swapped all the gear over...

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Good luck. Time to intruduce yoself methinks .
Thanks, I like I challenge! I hereby introduce myself as the proud owner of another green badged moneypit (for money I don't have )
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Old 13th-July-2012, 11:37
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2" lift - camber problems.
No front prop - FUCT drive train and no good off road .

Good luck. Time to intruduce yoself methinks .
So keen to point out what I'm letting myself in for you posted it twice
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Old 13th-July-2012, 17:33
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Default Re: Just bought a modded Freelander TD4... seems to have no front PropShaft!

Freelanders don't have a front propshaft like other LR vehicles. They have a pair of driveshafts from the gearbox and IRD unit.
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Old 13th-July-2012, 17:42
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Freelanders don't have a front propshaft like other LR vehicles. They have a pair of driveshafts from the gearbox and IRD unit.
That was my initial thought, but they do.... One each side of the VCU.
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Old 13th-July-2012, 17:54
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Default Re: Just bought a modded Freelander TD4... seems to have no front PropShaft!

Firstly before doing anything else I would get the camber sorted, fairly simple from what I can gather, do a search for 2" lift, there's a few threads. Then get replacement tyres on the rear, make sure they're the same brand and design as the front two.

then, are you intending to drive off road in it? (might be a silly question considering the tyres etc!)... visit a reputable company like Bell Engeneering, they'll give your exsisting drive train components a look over to see what they're like, then if ok get them to fit a recon. vcu and prop shafts.

I'm suspecting that when the lift was done they didn't bother with the camber, this has not only caused the tyres to wear really unevenly but also the VCU to shaft itself. I'm just hoping for your sake that's all it's done as you may find your self with several sizable bills if you want it to be 4 wheel drive!

If you're happy having it 2 wheel drive, get the camber sorted and it'll prob be perfectly fine!
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Is the no front prop the cause of the fuct drive train, or is the fuct drive train mitigated by the removal of the prop?

I'm not hugely fond of the 2" lift. There's a freelander in the car park, I wonder if he'd notice if I swapped all the gear over...



Thanks, I like I challenge! I hereby introduce myself as the proud owner of another green badged moneypit (for money I don't have )
normal reasons for removing front prop (or both) is......
a) VCU is buggered and is destroying IRD
b) to reduce fuel consumption (but this is no good for off-road use as it makes the vehicle 2wd).

either way, doing it on an "off road prepp'd" vehicle is not condusive to making it a very good.

Getting a proper lift on a Freelander is not easy, or cheap, because of the suspension set-up on them.
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Old 14th-July-2012, 09:57
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Default Re: Just bought a modded Freelander TD4... seems to have no front PropShaft!

Perhaps the previous owner swapped the front tyres for the rears and the uneven wear could be due to the front tracking being out. Try getting in touch with the previous owner on the reg document as he may know the answer.
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Old 14th-July-2012, 10:18
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Default Re: Just bought a modded Freelander TD4... seems to have no front PropShaft!

not heard of front camber not being right to doing in the vcu
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