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Old May 29th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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After five years of ownership, I think I've finally put together the perfect suspension for my driving style and vehicle (Defender 110):

1. OME 766 front and 754 rear for a three inch lift
2. Oversized Koni HT Raid shocks all around, HD shock towers in front, cones in back
3. RoverTym castor-correcting front radius arms
4. Scorpion HD read sway bar with quick disconnects and reinforced mounts

The truck is really tight (on the bumpy side which is fine), turns perfectly, tracks well on the freeway, and articulates adequately with the bar disconnected.

Runs at speed with precision over double-track and graded roads, and with the reinforced sway bar mounts, the bar can remain connected for all but technical situations.

Just FYI. Cheers!

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Old May 29th, 2007, 04:07 PM
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that's good information for planning! next logical question: What's your driving style?
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Old May 29th, 2007, 10:11 PM
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Aggressive. My impossible goal has been to blend a bit of sports car handling into a big heavy truck that can also attack difficult trails and obstacles. I think I've gone about as far as I can without giving up one for the other.

(Note that tire pressure becomes important at well. I am running 32 front, 38 rear and still have a bit of oversteer.)
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Old May 29th, 2007, 11:57 PM
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Doug, you did not give us your tire size!
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Old May 30th, 2007, 12:18 AM
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255/85/16, 33"
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Old May 30th, 2007, 10:19 AM
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ok, let's see some pics please. I need to visualize this.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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4. Scorpion HD read sway bar with quick disconnects and reinforced mounts

Just FYI. Cheers!

Doug W.
Doug,
Could you post pics of the HD sway bar and the disconnects.

Thanks

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Old May 30th, 2007, 07:45 PM
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I'll need to take some pics. Can do this weekend.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 07:51 PM
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F the pics, let's see the videos of the races!

Thanks again for the info
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Old June 1st, 2007, 02:18 PM
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Here's pics. (The tube running through the rear sway bar mount is a fuel return line for a spare tank.)
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Old June 1st, 2007, 02:47 PM
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Very nice Doug. When are you going to write up you tech post on your rear disc brake conversion (on my short list of near term todo's)?

I would like to see a side shot of your rig in daylight!
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Old June 4th, 2007, 02:38 AM
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Here's a pic.

I'm afraid most of my recent wrenching has been done with my checkbook. Eddie Bostock at West Coast Rovers did the brake conversion. I believe he used the Zeus kits from the UK.

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Nice ideas about suspension, I'd have to add one thing though. Take a Classic (93-95) front axle housing, two sway bar mounts that you've scalped out of the same classic and lastly a front sway bar. This makes for one nice, yet stable ride.

I'd mention it's cheap on the wallet as well, but once you have your front end apart you might be tempted to updated your CVs, Axles, ARB & 24 spline diff out of that... same classic. But anybody buying a older nas 110 should rebuild it anyway, why not update it as well. Now if you felt like using two shocks per side, with that classic axle, your that much better off.

Hands down the best mod I've done.

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As someone who has ridden in Doug's truck both on the highway and on the dirt I can attest to the fact that this is about as good as it gets. If I had the $$$ I would do the same to my truck.
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Yep, didn't get into springs and what not as I've got Koni's & OME's on my range, I can attest they work fine. just thought I'd add to it. that's all.

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