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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:39 AM
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RHD Steering Housing for 24 spline fronts

Anyone have RHD housings that will fit the Defender, basically if you've done a LHD conversion on a defender with newer fronts then I would be interested in the left over housings.

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Old January 10th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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You can mix and match old and new swivel housings as long as you use the correct spindles....unless the top swivel bearing is different...some are phenolic bushings instead of bearings, the ball is machined straight through instead of having a shoulder to install a race. I can't remember what came in what in what years.... I ran an ancient housing on my Td5 for a while while waiting on that newer oddball bearing that they use in Td5's to come from UK.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 11:43 AM
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What "housing" do you desire ? Knuckles or the axle tube itself ? I typically replace the whole thing radius arms and all.
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Should have clarified,

I have a RHD 10 spline (I presume, looks original and has a drum rear)

I purchased both a front and rear disco 1 set of axles (LHD)

Rear is a none issue, but I would like to get the 24 spline on the front, I can see the 'housing' on the RHD needs to be brought over to the 24 spline front and was hoping that someone had a RHD setup from a 24 spline that would fit.

would happily exchange the 'housing' from my LHD axles for a RHD setup. If someone is doing a LHD conversion
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why not use the one you have on your current axle ? Switching it over is about an hours work.
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why not use the one you have on your current axle ? Switching it over is about an hours work.
The balls do look good; recommendations on rebuild kits?

Wheel bearings universal to all model years?

Do the newer brakes bolt right on?

I imagine I should do the seals on the balls as well
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Not sure which calipers would be the better for you. I deal with 110's and 130's and the calipers are larger than the disco stuff. Yes the calipers and rotors will bolt right up. I'd do bearings and seals.
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cheers, thanks for the input!
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If the disco axle was ABS, you've probably got bushing tops, kinda like the series railcos.....check and see if you've got the same diameter swivel pins on your old and new axle, if they are the same, you can just swap out the left housing for your old one and leave the right one alone. 90's and 110's from 99 up have the steering arms on both sides, don't know why they didn't do that years ago. Guess they were trying to save 3 cents worth of cast iron per axle.

I would recommend leaving the old axle housing on the truck, and use the guts and everything from the spindles out off the disco axle..... I did that on the old RHD trail truck I had, it'll work.
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If the disco axle was ABS, you've probably got bushing tops, kinda like the series railcos.....check and see if you've got the same diameter swivel pins on your old and new axle, if they are the same, you can just swap out the left housing for your old one and leave the right one alone. 90's and 110's from 99 up have the steering arms on both sides, don't know why they didn't do that years ago. Guess they were trying to save 3 cents worth of cast iron per axle.

I would recommend leaving the old axle housing on the truck, and use the guts and everything from the spindles out off the disco axle..... I did that on the old RHD trail truck I had, it'll work.
I like the later/wider radius arms and wider/more surface area bushings in them, that and the 24 spline stuff.
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I ended up with the wider radius arms from the disco as well as the rear trailing arms (though I think the latter doesn't work, nbd).

Measured them today and indeed the radius arms on the 10 splines are the narrow type, means I need to do the swap on that single piece and roll 24 spline fronts :D
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