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Old February 21st, 2008, 05:11 PM
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Defender Fails Moose Test

Did anyone see this article?

http://lifestyle.monstersandcritics.com/autos/news/article_1337385.php/Land_Rover_Defender_fails_Moose_test
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Old February 21st, 2008, 05:19 PM
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No surprise there. As someone who has fun just getting a 110 ( with the rear sway bar still installed) on 33's around an off ramp- the moose or elk wouldn't rate a swerve, just a head on with the brush bar. I rolled a series 2a 88 30 years ago @ 55 mph- lesson learned.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 07:15 PM
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I remember one time I was talking to my buddy while driving in the D90 on the freeway and I mentioned the fact that the sway bars were off, but it had no affect (or effect?). 2 seconds after saying this, the car in front of me slammed on the brakes, and I had to slam on the brakes and swerve around them at 60 some odd MPH, and while swerving around them to the right, i could feel the body lean like crazy, then the two drivers side tires left the ground. Tires must have lifted a good amount, as I could feel the car land again once I was straightening out.

That's my long winded way of saying no surprises.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 12:07 AM
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No surprise. If something runs out in front of any of my Rovers (short of a person) there is no point trying to miss it...better to just try to slow down as much as possible and hit it dead on.

The only time I avoided hitting something was a deer in the '95 Classic. I was able to avoid it and not roll the truck over (it was when it was stock..with sway bars and air suspension)...but it was very scary.

I distinctly remember screaming like a girl
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 09:08 AM
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This is why I laugh when those guys that take off their sway bars think they don't serve a purpose. My Defender would fail even the squirrel test, so I just plan on hittin' stuff head on.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 12:26 PM
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This is why I laugh when those guys that take off their sway bars think they don't serve a purpose. My Defender would fail even the squirrel test, so I just plan on hittin' stuff head on.

Daily drivers are better off keeping their sway bars. Not getting killed on the interstate (especially with our bad roads) beats a bit more axle articulation that many don't even come close to needing. I don't know what the practical experience has been on the new Rubicon's, but that electronic disconnect sounds great at least.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 01:20 PM
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I still think that the sway bars dont do much more than make the vehicle "feel" more controllable. You'd be surprised what the defender will do on the road without turning over - sure, I havent put it on a skid pad, but our truck has survived some incredible examples of my wife's less-than-stellar driving...

That being said, I put the front bar back on so that people riding with her didn't think they were going to die.
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Front I would agree.

The rear has been off my truck for a long time and I have never noticed it. Even in the very few Oh Sh!t incidents evading an idiot.

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Old February 22nd, 2008, 03:10 PM
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Front I would agree.

The rear has been off my truck for a long time and I have never noticed it. Even in the very few Oh Sh!t incidents evading an idiot.

EwS
Agree. I have both on the '95 but I ran quick disconnects on the front and threw out the rear on the '97. Never really noticed any difference with the rear gone. My Classic that has an SG Stage III suspension doesn't have any...and it's unnerving to say the least at speed with the slightest twitch.
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Marty Moose on Parade

You gotta see this...Volvo X90 going through an actual "Moose Test" (sounds like a frat hazing ritual) with a lifesize replica of a moose:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Jackson-sees-Lakers-with-40-20-vision?urn=nba,68050
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