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Discovery 2 air suspension to spring conversion

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by Jack rush, Dec 20, 2018.

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  1. Jack rush

    Jack rush Member

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    I've currently got split air bag suspension on the rear of my disco I want to replace to spring and shocks can I just buy d2 rear springs and shocks and rip the air bags out and put the springs in

    Thanks jack
     
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    Shimsteriom AKA Mr Creosote

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    Don't do it... fix the SLS... trust me. :oops:
     
  3. Jack rush

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    But if I'm putting bigger tyres on then I'll have to have it higher all the time
     
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    Shimsteriom AKA Mr Creosote

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    What size tyres are you looking at fitting?
     
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    Bigger than the current ones looking at at least 265 75 r16
     
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    A pair of bags will sort your problem, easy to change too.
    the SLS is a good system and will give you a couple of facilities you won't get with coiled springs.
     
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    So just change the bags you reckon
     
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    Shimsteriom AKA Mr Creosote

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    I've got 245/75 16's on mine and I had to adjust the steering lock a bit as they were rubbing on the arches.
    I had an issue with my SLS a few years ago, and I thought the same as you... just replace the bags with coil springs! I then spent the next couple of years trying to make it handle and feel like it had air suspension because the springs just never felt right.
    Anyway, I put new bags and height sensors back on mine a few months ago, and it was the best thing I've done to my TD5 (apart from the remap). I should have just fixed it in the first place, but hey, sometimes you have to make a mistake to learn from it. :)
     
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    Just do the bags. It's a very smooth ride on air.

    You're adding 10% to your original tyre size diameter and 30mm on the width, you'll get quite a bit of tyres scrub on lock and on your arches under articulation.

    Is there a reason in particular you're going for such a big tyre?

    Spacers and arch extensions will be your friends.
     
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    Listen to the lads.... I done a spring conversion on other disco (early this year) I noticed it was really thumpy
    when I hit any pot holes or over uneven roads & felt it never drove or felt the same as when it had bags.
    I bought another disco which I have just replaced the bags & sensors as the nsr was leaning to one side
    when not driven for 2 days, the ns bag had about 12 tiny little holes surprize NOT now sits nice & level
    plus its a joy to drive.

    I have a couple of new cheap bags if you want them for 50 quid which I ordered in error
    if you wanted a cheap fix or I have a used one you can have for the price of postage if your stuck ;)
     
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    You just reminded me of an old 80s era advert with the exchanging of second hand "used bags" ;)

     
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    wtf that's clatty lol
     
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    The 1980s mate, t'was a strange era :cool:
     
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    Weirdo's driving Ford capri's with passion rugs on the parcel shelfs listening to Franky goes to Hollywood exchanging rinsed out jonny's haha
     
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    Get in :)

     
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    Did the vid not get banned from the Tv back then Too raunchy lol
     
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    I believe there was a sanitized version for Top Of The Pops lol
     
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    Blast from the past Top of the pops :D

    What about this yaasss.……….:cool:

     
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    Well going back to the original post and to provide some balance; my ES TD5 has had both the air bags and ACE removed and replaced with Terrafirma springs and shocks and some very serious anti-roll bars. I'm very happy with the handling (and yes I have driven D2s as nature intended), and I like the fact that I have two less bits of complex and aging hydraulic and pneumatic gadgetry to worry will fail in some inconvenient spot.
    I'm running standard height and weight springs on 255/55/18 KO2s, but am considering upgrading to Old Man Emu shocks and getting some 235/75/16s on steel wheels for dedicated overland travel. Not sure what advantage you would get from going much wider.
     
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    Greater level of floatation on soft ground, better ride on rough roads as more surface contact to absorb road surface imperfections.
     
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