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90 dumb irons

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by mickdj, May 9, 2011.

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  1. mickdj

    mickdj New Member

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    hi the end of the dumb iron with the rubber bung in it that sit under the bumper, are they used for any thing as mine are quite crusty and was thinking of cutting them off flush with the end of the chassis and plateing the ends up any objections?
     
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    lol... it`s the front jacking point...
     
  3. mickdj

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    lol its my first defender they can come off then iv always just jacked on the axels
     
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    really depends on what jack u using mate. if u using a hi-lift/land rover farm style jack... i will mosty likely need the jacking points. if u use a bottle like me, axles and chassis points are good... bear in mind that if you remove the bungs, mud, water, salt and **** will collect inside the dumb irons and corrode them nicely... best thing for open chassis areas like these imo is old engine oil mixed with a bit of diesel sprayed liberally inside the chassis.... enjoy your defender mate!
     
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    ok thanks
     
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    Unless i am mistaken your not alowed by the DVLA to alter the chassis from manufacturers specs without need the DVLA to test it
     
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    Whos going to know?
    I wouldnt exactly call it a mod either as surely that would means all chassis repairs are mods, affecting the strength of the chassis etc


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    as long as it not affecting bumper mounts cant see a problem
     
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    Bear in mind your chassis number is on the outside of the offside front dumb iron. If you chop this off or mess about with it too much you could give plod the wrong idea.

    This is a question I've been wondering about for a while, what exactly are you supposed to do if you have corrosion in the region of the VIN plate? If you repair it by welding plates in or other means it could potentially look like you've altered the number or chopped the old one out and welded a new one in, even if it's the original.

    Are the likes of the police and VOSA aware that Land Rover stuck the VIN in such a prone place for rust?
     
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    Get your camera out. Shots of before, during and after the job. If you're really worried get a local MOT station to stamp and date one taken before you start and another when you're finished.
     
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    Plenty of series land rovers with no chassis id on them just the in car plate held on with 4 screws!


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    aslong as vehicle has number it dosent matter mine is homemade lost original during rebuild,they take a look at vehicle in general ie glass has date marks ,seatbelts do ,shouldnt think theres many you can actually read chassis no,and you can tell somewhat if vehicle fits its history on log book,including changes
     
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    Repairs to your chassis are acceptable as these are repairing damage or corroded areas. When you start to cut bits off or alter the chassis from its originally specification then the DVLA will want to know and most likely will want an IVA carried out. Failure to tell them will result in the vehicle being classed as un-roadworthy and the MOT and insurance will be invalid.
    That would be all you would need for some clown to bump the landy then the insurance refuses to pay out or worse still you bump someone and your left with the bill and the old bill. Not worth it just repair it properly
     
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    theres lots of modified chassis out there what there concerned is stupid mods not cutting off an inch after bumper ,more the bloke that bougth me a vehicle with two halve welded together but badly and not in line
     
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