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Defender 90 suspension mods...

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by Arierep, Mar 19, 2016.

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  1. Arierep

    Arierep Active Member

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    Hi all,

    Another suspension thread.... (don't get me started on tyres)

    My 300TDI 90 currently has the following setup:
    Front - NRC9448/9 springs (normal 90 rear, HD 90 front) with RBC100111 Disco2 rubber isolator cones
    Rear - RKB101240/30 HD progressive springs with ANR2938 spring isolators.
    Stock shocks and mounts all around.

    Hub to arches:
    FL- 535mm
    FR- 520
    RL- 525
    RR- 500

    Without a significant load other than me, the front shocks sometimes top out, as in over extend.
    I'll mount an internal/external rollcage in a couple of weeks.
    I'm installing 255/85R16 tyres on Wolf rims. My current 235/85R16 ATs on 16X7 rims nearly rub on full articulation. I might go for 285/75R16 somewhere in the future.
    I'll travel to Africa in December for a 10000km trip with the usual long trip load, 2 spare tyres and rack but no roof tent.

    I was having the idea of making more room for the bigger tyres:
    - dropping the rubber isolators (- 10 or 12mm);
    - installing +50mm bumpstops;
    - installing +50mm spring spacer blocks (IMO no point buying longer springs if the upwards travel is limited by the longer bumpstops);
    - installing rear shock droppers.

    I'm essentially moving the stock travel downwards.
    Does this makes any sense? Or am going to drop >€200,00 for some tyre clearance I don't need?
    Is this a bad idea for expedition load and desert/dune driving?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    Anyone?
     
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