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taking off lift kit.

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by frog hopper, Feb 9, 2018.

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  1. frog hopper

    frog hopper Well-Known Member

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    I have a 1991 200 Tdi 90.
    When I bought it about 7 years ago it had a 2" lift fitted, which I was happy enough with.
    The springs are now getting old and sagging quite a bit on the drivers side so I need to do something soon.
    I no longer play about with the hard core axle twisters etc (it's an age thing) and thought I would put it back to standard, last year I needed to fit a new pair of dampers on the rear and just replaced with +2".
    Would I need to replace these "new" dampers as well? or can I leave them on until I need to replace them?
     
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    callisr Well-Known Member

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    Longer shocks will probably allow the standard springs to dislocate should you find yourself in such a position where a wheel is lifted.
    Not sure if the standard bump stops (if that’s what you have fitted) will be long enough to stop the dampers bottoming out at full compression.
    Just my initial thoughts on the subject........
     
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    You should be allright with just 2 inch extra.When you refit standard new springs jack axle right up on one side to check that shock does not bottom out.If you have extended bumpstops leave them on. A jubilee clip around the top of the spring and turret will prevent dislocation.
     
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    So, to follow on from this, I have Terrafirma Big Bore +2" shocks on the back of a 110 300Tdi 3-door and I want to lower the back end to level the truck. It has cranked trailing arms so I know I need to replace them, but can I leave the shocks and just replace the springs with stock HD?
    Sorry if this is a hijack but it seemed related...
     
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    Bummer, you just reminded me I fitted cranked trailing arms a couple of years ago after bending one of the originals. :mad::mad::mad:
    Gonna have to have a re-think now, or do I just bite the bullet and replace bleedin every fecking thing. :confused::(
    Goes off to price up new arms. :oops:

    edited to say, looks like thats another £60 or so out of pocket. Should be able to sell on the HD cranked arms though.
     
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    At least you may have some lift kit parts to sell to soften the blow
     
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    For the sake of 2 inches I think Id just leave it as is and only replace what was worn out. A difference of 2 inches makes no difference to handling or anything else so I don't think I would see the point of changing what you don't have to for no gain.
     
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    If it were just for the performance benefit (or otherwise) I'd agree. My problem is with replacing parts that give up on me while away from the normal sources of supply. Replacing standard bits in, say, southern Morocco is easier, relatively, than trying to replace what I have now. The alternative is to carry a load of "special fit" spares that I might never use and probably of no use to other unfortunates that I might meet along the way. A bit of a "thing" with me, but if all exped-prepped Defenders had a regular set-up, we all might be better off. I know that'll never happen, but I do my best to maximise my chances of finding the right parts to keep moving.
     
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    For the sake of fourty quid why not fit oem and sell the plus two?
     
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    A bit more than £40, I think, but whatever it costs it might be worth it.
    Can you give me a breakdown of your costing? I'd be interested in how to replace what I have for that money.
     
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    OEM shocks (Armstrong) are between 40 and 50 quid a pair, check EBay, I just bought a pair for my 90 , cost me 43 quid. Don't be fooled into thinking you have to fit sh1tpart or beermach crap because OEM will cost you a years wages.
     
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