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Re: Defender 90

Postby Bailes1992 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:24 pm

Problem is the steel chassis bolting to the aluminium bodywork. You get a reaction between them!
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Re: Defender 90

Postby OllieNZ » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:54 pm

Not sure aboot defenders, but the jimny body is pretty easy to lift up a few inches off the chassis without having to disconnect everything under the sun just put a 4"x4" block between the chassis and body mounts. If you've not come across it before check out buzzweld, they do pretty comprehensive range of chassis protection coatings
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Re: Defender 90

Postby Bailes1992 » Thu May 25, 2017 7:53 pm

So this is now mine for the next 2 years minimum.

Think the valve lash needs checking on it, it's a bit tappy and a bit sluggish and I'm not sure it's ever been done in 77k. Plenty of torque low down though.

I want to flush the engine, gearbox, transfer box and diffs out and move over to a fully synthetic oil throughout, maybe even drop to a 30 weight A3/B4 in the engine.

I'm also going to remove the inlet to clean it all and remove the EGR & CAT.

Hopefully those few things with the mods will give me a few more MPGs and improve the responsiveness a bit.

Really need to get on with the underside though as the underseal is definitely past it's best.
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Re: Defender 90

Postby OllieNZ » Fri May 26, 2017 10:19 am

Enjoy, I'm picking up a set of hilux axles for my Jimny tomorrow and hoping to pick up a 245bhp 1.8t auq engine for it later in the year
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Re: Defender 90

Postby Welly » Fri May 26, 2017 11:46 am

These 4x4's certainly seem to draw you in once you start thinking about modifications, I mean, where do you stop with them? :o
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Re: Defender 90

Postby OllieNZ » Fri May 26, 2017 4:09 pm

Welly wrote:These 4x4's certainly seem to draw you in once you start thinking about modifications, I mean, where do you stop with them? :o

You don't ;) For some interesting watching check out King of Hammers on youtube
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Re: Defender 90

Postby Bailes1992 » Fri May 26, 2017 4:15 pm

An ideal defender for me would be one that could be used daily, be used to haul things about and also do a little off roading.

I will eventually rebuild this when my Father gives up driving with a fully galvanised chassis and polybushes on the suspension.

The interior I'd keep much the same but I would like a decent set of front seats and a decent set of instruments as the OEM ones are a bit vague.

Engine just needs all the emissions gear removed, to be well maintained and maybe a little more boost and fuel. Apparently removing the viscous fan will free up some HP too!
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Re: Defender 90

Postby OllieNZ » Fri May 26, 2017 7:15 pm

Poly bushes are less than ideal in a solid axle radius arm type setup. They tend to be harder than the stock rubber bushes and flex less meaning that the flex forces are taking up by the radius arm instead. This means that the bushes actually wear quicker and you're more likely bend/twist/break the radius arms. In something that is primarily used on road it won't be much of a problem as you don't really see much cross axle twist but spend alot of time off road and it can cause issues.
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Re: Defender 90

Postby Bailes1992 » Sat May 27, 2017 7:30 am

This won't be seeing much serious off roading if I'm honest. Going to do my +E licence so I can satisfy my current urge to pull around heavy stuff.
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