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Problems with Richard's Chassis

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by defender1985, Dec 5, 2018.

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  1. defender1985

    defender1985 New Member

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    Hi
    I have just recently purchased a new galvanised chassis from Richard's Chassis and experienced a lot of problems.
    Can anyone tell me if they have had experienced the following same problem and how they resolved it?
    It would appear that the holes in the out rigger brackets have been drilled too high, which now means that the bulk head sits too high on the chassis.

    Any ideas how I can over come this problem?
     
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    Was your bulkhead altered at any stage?
     
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    No it we had a new one about 5 years ago and it fitted perfectly on the old chassis.
     
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    Beneagles Well-Known Member

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    90 or 110?
     
  5. defender1985

    defender1985 New Member

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    It's a 110.
     
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    Have you spoken to Richard's ?
     
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    Yes they weren't bothered arranged to cone out to see it but never turned up
     
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    Sorry, but I find all of this a tad strange! Ok, you say Richard's didn't turn up when they said they would, but surely you can't have left it like that? I find it incredible that at this stage you're on a forum looking for a solution to a problem that is not your own. You've paid Richards decent hard-earned cash and they need to at least check this out. Good luck and hope you get sorted soon.:)
     
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    Didn't have that problem, but my passenger side tubular outrigger was half an inch too close to the rear cross member, this meant the tub didn't it on that side. ie there was a half inch gap between the upright from the outrigger and the face of the tub the outrigger bolts to. Fortunately, it was out that way and so I could pack it with a half inch thick bit of steel plate. If it had been out the other way the tub just wouldn't have fitted in. I would then have been looking at removing all of the axles and and suspension components in order to strip the chassis back down to send it back :eek:
     
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    makes you wonder if they build them to a jig?
     
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    I asked that question when I did my rebuild three or four years ago. Don't think I got a definitive answer, but I can't see how they can and get them that far out. Either that or a right set of dodgy jigs.
    When the often RC or Marsland Chassis post comes up I always recommend folk to check key dimensions before accepting a RC one. I was lucky as the fault mine had was manageable. Affected the tub bolt point and later when I came to fit long side steps. I had a rolling chassis with the engine in when I discovered it, so it was going to be a lot of work to send it back if it had a worse fault. I bought mine through my local Inde so would, probably, have been easier to return it if I'd needed to.
     
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    The Richards website says they have a "laser cutter"...:eek: Any chance someone could visit the factory and show them how to switch it on and whilst they're there, knock up a jig or two because clearly they dont have any of those....:rolleyes:
     
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    Sounds like a Friday afternoon part.

    I’d push them to get the rep round with a tape measure. He probably won’t be very technical but at least he can confirm to those in charge it’s a dodgy part.
    Far too expensive to bodge to make it fit.
     
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    I've just read your post previous to this one and I'm gobsmacked! I thought they had a really good name, I mean the chassis is the one thing that HAS to be right. After reading this thread I'm glad I went with a Marsland one, I didn't think to check dimensions before hand, and luckily, absolutely everything fitted, I only had to remove one packing washer on one side of bulkhead bottom, every other shim was reused from the original chassis! I literally cant believe what I've just read about RC's!!
     
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    My Richards chassis was almost perfect, just a little over galv to file out of a couple of bolt holes, everything fitted fine.
     
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    I'm a bit surprised at this post / situation.
    Think it's the first negative post I've ever come across about Richard's. Every other post I remember seeing normally sings their praises for quality, if not always for price and lead time.

    I'm also surprised that with a company having such a good reputation, they wouldn't be a bit more proactive to protect that reputation and get you sorted out. - did you buy direct from RC or are you having to go through a 3rd party to get it looked into?
     
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    Have to agree with this, Mine RC chassis was Faultless and they have a very good reputation. I am surprised they are not more accommodating in trying to rectify the issue. However if you purchased through a third party you will be dealing with them, and for them there is very little incentive to respond quickly.
     
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    Rather surprised at this; my RC was spot on.
     
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    If you spend that kind of money you want it spot on, else you would of bought a Brit part chassis lol!
     
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