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Disco 2 Chassis death? the end?

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by TAH, Mar 22, 2016.

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  1. TAH

    TAH Active Member

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    Suppose I knew someone that had a Disco 2 - and the back part of the chassis over the suspension turrets..

    Ok I confess. Its mine.. hurumph..
    So my suspension turrets (the top that holds the airbag in) are starting to part company with the rest of the chassis, and there is a bit of a hole in that area - between the shocker mount and top of said turret.
    Is that game over really? or can that be repaired? - be a shame if not as its a low mileage otherwise lovely runner..
    What are my options?
     
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    jamesmartin Well-Known Member

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    a good used chassis chassis with a new rear rhs leg would be the best option
     
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    markomate2 Well-Known Member

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    If him upstairs is now making chassis, I guess they will come with a decent warranty!
     
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    only available to the righteous though
     
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    It is not game over - far from it - BUT, given the location of the rot, IMHO it needs sorting out sooner rather than later.

    The repair will not be the issue - how long you want it to last will be - If you intend keeping the vehicle, then the best option may be a new galvanised chassis - which will last, to all intents and purposes forever.

    A good s/h chassis may be a lower cost option, or various options are available to repair the rear chassis legs, various firms do laser cut parts which can be welded in place.

    Post some pictures up, and folk will probably advise you.....
     
  6. TAH

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    yeah I was wondering what can be done since I know the rear legs can be replaced or patched up, there are plenty of people on flea of the bay that claim to replace that section or sell the panels - its the suspension bit where the airbag sits thats my concern - or do you lot mean that part can be replaced as well with a piece of donor chassis?
    Depends on cost. I'd like to keep it - its done 74k miles so barely bedded in - and other than the chassis and some bits and pieces I don't care about, its a great running truck. Depends on cost to do all this vs resale vs cost vs do I then keep it for ever etc.. Don't have or want to spend thousands on a truck thats worth the same.
    So I'll put this out there, anyone know anyone that can do such a job? - phase one - get quotes.
    Might chuck a clean thread up as well to see who answers.. and where they are
     
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    Disco1BFG Well-Known Member Full Member

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    IMHO, there is a lot of rubbish talked about "cost". I doubt a vehicle exists that is "economic" is the modern world - especially so out of warranty.

    IMHO, you need to decide what you want. If you want a D2, then the weakest link is the chassis - so if you put a galv one under it, it should essentially last for ever with decent servicing. I would advise getting it on an agreed value policy - in case the worst happens.

    If you are thinking more along the conventional lines of:- "its worth X as it is, and I would have to spend X on it to "fix it", and that means its not economic", then fair enough, its your call.

    My opinion is not the same. Unless you intend to keep it forever, a chassis swap will not be "economic". I plan to do mine at some point....

    last time I was talking to the local LR indy, I think they said a chassis swap was about £4K, and IIRC, that included the chassis...
     
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    listerdiesel Well-Known Member Events Planner

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    We look at 5years or 10 years use, if you do up a vehicle well enough then 10 years with maintenance is quite possible, we've had our 1999 V8 since 2009 and now into its 7th year.

    Just bought another one with 64k on the clock, been sat for 2-3 years, probably good for 10 years if we sort it out properly, and that is the key. Spend the money wisely and get all the jobs done so it's a 'jump in and go' vehicle, one you will go anywhere in without worrying if it will make it there and back.

    Discoveries are never going to be a 'Vauxhall Corsa' level of maintenance and repair, but spares are extremely cheap right now and loads being broken as well.

    Plus it's interesting work as long as it isn't raining!

    Peter
     
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    Friend of mine had the same happen to his 2000 D2 Air bag top mount rotted off, he had it welded quite a bit of welding once it was up on lift. Cost was about £800 but at least it's back on the road for a few more years yet
     
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    My last car was a large Vauxhall one of the last decent cars they made.

    Managed over 8 years until some **** crashed into it bending it.

    I don't like changing cars too much, last non accident changes were due to fed up of smaller engine and prior to that fed up of lack of aircon and too much rust.

    I have owned 8 cars in over 25 years
     
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    I am taking a very long term view now. fed up to the back teeth with modern carp which can only be "fixed" by main stealers at stupid cost. o_O ( cost of "repairs" to the last modern POS we had would have bought 10 D1's !!!! :eek:).

    That, to us, was in no way economic.

    I need an auto, and 4X4, and little or no electronics. Hence D1. It is my intention that as I go through it, repairing all the rot, I will make it last me out. I agree this is an issue if it gets bent, but its on an agreed value policy, so not sure I can do much else.... YMMV.... and anyway, it keeps me busy :D
     
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    1BFG - who do you have your policy with? I know they do them for classics, but didn't realise you could get one for a (sort of) modern. I'm interested because what the insurers paid out when my Disco was written off was certainly a long way off what we had to pay to replace it with similar condtion / mileage etc.
     
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    Its through A-plan, with MarkerStudy, who get mixed reviews. I will only know if I make a claim !!

    (like all blinkin insurance - ask me how I know, ask me why we are still living in a caravan in our garden, four YEARS into a ten WEEK repair to our home!!!!! :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:)
     
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    Ive had a few cars insured with A-Plan, incl my old 993:(
    When I came to claim (the real test of any insurance Co.!) I found them to be pretty good.
    The policy was actually held by Aviva, so I go direct to them now.
    Mark
     
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    Any one who wants to know who this shower are, feel free to PM me - you can this avoid them, as it looks like its going legal !!
     
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    Nothing is beyond repair :) A decent job with a decent coat of protection will last years.

    I could fix it but theres not much chance of that as your 600 miles from me.
     
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