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    Next step: fitting

    I don't think I'm equipped to it myself. Local Hi-Q said they'll fit and align for R850 - sound about right?
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    Sounds reasonable
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    not too rough seeing it includes alignment.

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    Waiting 4 weeks for the front coil springs (TF's) from Brithis 4X4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nico H View Post
    Waiting 4 weeks for the front coil springs (TF's) from Brithis 4X4
    compare with land-rover-parts-shop.com on price.
    they should be able to deliver within 2 - 3 days.

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    tf127 and tf128 are the ones which is capable of 50mm lift. i understand this should be done with coils to achieve the 50mm lift. i was told that the shocks will work with standard coils, giving better articulation (50mm) but not the lift.

    is this true?

    Quote for the tf042 medium load front coils. ''More than 2inch of lift will be achieved when less than 50kg of additional equipment is fitted. No additional equipment may lead to too much lift causing drive shaft vibration and steering geometry problems.''

    is this true, did anyone have this problem on a D2?

    My combination that i have in mind is:

    front - tf042 coils, tf127 shocks

    rear - tf023v coils, tf128 shocks

    does a steering damper affect articulation? should i fit the tf damper as well?
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    Yes that is true, Coils will give you the lift not the shocks. If you are going to run std coils with plus 50mm travel, you ma need to look at relocators.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post

    Quote for the tf042 medium load front coils. ''More than 2inch of lift will be achieved when less than 50kg of additional equipment is fitted. No additional equipment may lead to too much lift causing drive shaft vibration and steering geometry problems.''

    is this true, did anyone have this problem on a D2?
    I have that problem on my Defender. Apparently it can be solved by fitting a D2 double cardan front prop shaft. So you might not have a problem on the D2. And not all people experience those problems. Only the unlucky few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvandyk View Post
    Only the unlucky few.

    Thats me right there!

    How about changing the rear coils and shocks, and adding a 50mm (or 45mm to be safe) spacer to the standard front coils with the new shocks?
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    A +50mm lift will cause suspension geometry issues. I have a set of these fitted which rectifies the geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Thats me right there!

    How about changing the rear coils and shocks, and adding a 50mm (or 45mm to be safe) spacer to the standard front coils with the new shocks?
    No, I'll rather fit new coils up front as well...

    Best bet is to find a D2 owner with the same setup and ask their opinion. I think you should be fine because of that double cardan front prop. But thats also just my opinion, and not a fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    tf127 and tf128 are the ones which is capable of 50mm lift. i understand this should be done with coils to achieve the 50mm lift. i was told that the shocks will work with standard coils, giving better articulation (50mm) but not the lift.

    is this true?

    Quote for the tf042 medium load front coils. ''More than 2inch of lift will be achieved when less than 50kg of additional equipment is fitted. No additional equipment may lead to too much lift causing drive shaft vibration and steering geometry problems.''

    is this true, did anyone have this problem on a D2?
    my experience with the D2 was that the only real effect other than marginally more top heavy was that the donut on the rear prop did not seem to last. i did convert to UJ at back diff and problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landyluvver View Post
    my experience with the D2 was that the only real effect other than marginally more top heavy was that the donut on the rear prop did not seem to last. i did convert to UJ at back diff and problem solved.
    Interesting, I always assumed that there was enough flex in the donut, might need to look into this. What kind of prop did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by africanpete View Post
    Interesting, I always assumed that there was enough flex in the donut, might need to look into this. What kind of prop did you use?
    they took a flange off a D1 diff that was scrap and a scrap D1 rear prop for the rear knuckle and made up a new prop from scratch.
    (D1 rear knuckle and flange and D2 front knuckle.)
    the D2 is a 3 hole flange and the D1 a 4 hole.
    the flanges are however interchangeable between the 2 diffs.
    the whole exercise cost under R1000 including salvaged parts and new UJ's front and rear.
    if i had used a D1 prop complete, i could have kept the original as a spare but did not bother.
    Biltong may have one for you at a couple of bucks. ask him for a D1 flange as well. change the flange seal while at it.

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    Thanks LL, will look into it.

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    Time for me to replace shocks and tyres.
    First I want to do shocks and check if any other suspension components are worn before I replace tyres.

    Question.
    KYB shocks are similarly priced to Monroe.
    Anyone installed them and do they perform ok.
    My supplier doesn't have Monroe's in stock at the moment, he is expecting them end of the month.

    Is it worth the wait, or must I just get KYB.

    I priced Koni, but they are triple the price.

    Advise would be appreciated.

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    wait for the Monroes, if one breaks, it will be easy to replace where ever you go.

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    Update,

    Been waiting for Monroe's, but it became such a waste of time.
    Could get front ones, but not rear ones, then went out of stock altogether.
    Decided to go with KYB as I need to get new tyres as soon as possible and didn't want to fit new tyres on old shocks.
    Since I bought the car, I never replaced tyres nor Shocks for 100k km.
    What I found out yesterday that old shocks were too KYB.
    By the way, easiest shock replacement on any car I did in my life.
    Anyhow, I am very disappointed to say that old shocks are in the same condition as the new ones, at least it looks that way when I push against them with my body weight.
    Nevertheless I install the new ones, but I feel bad chucking the old ones out as they seem perfect.
    Tomorrow New Tyres, decided on 245/70/16 Bridgestone.
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    didn't you want to go for Gabriels ?

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    I put Monroe Magnums on a Puma a while back - Midas stocks them.
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