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Old June 6th, 2010, 09:08 PM
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are the engine mounts twisted in any way? just thinking out loud but did you loosen the nuts on the engine mounts before the new crossmember?
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Old June 7th, 2010, 09:00 AM
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I have to look at mine again but the 'after' pic looks about where the factory puts it. The center mounted transmission mount you had was NOT a land rover part in any way shape or form, land rover never used a center mount like that, rather, always went with two mounts, one each side. I don't know WTF that thing was, though I seem to recall seeing something similar looking advertised for an american car of some kind. Also can't recall exactly but that x-member looked made up as well.

So just to be clear, this is not really an 'improvement over factory' so much as an 'improvement over massive SPOT (Stupid Previous Owner Trick)


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It seems like the stock crossmember always ends up being an anchor

My "stock" crossmember was actually welded in by the a$$hole that did my drivetrain swap,

I tossed the stock LR tranny mount in favor of an Energy Suspension GM tranny mount.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 11:05 AM
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I have to look at mine again but the 'after' pic looks about where the factory puts it. The center mounted transmission mount you had was NOT a land rover part in any way shape or form, land rover never used a center mount like that, rather, always went with two mounts, one each side. I don't know WTF that thing was, though I seem to recall seeing something similar looking advertised for an american car of some kind. Also can't recall exactly but that x-member looked made up as well.

So just to be clear, this is not really an 'improvement over factory' so much as an 'improvement over massive SPOT (Stupid Previous Owner Trick)
I'd be interested to see if you are correct. The "stock" mount fits correctly and you can see where the bolts holes were for the correct placement of crossmember. The PO simply moved it forward and lowered it about an inch or so to accomodate the Disco 200tdi. I think the "stock" crossmember may have come from the donor Disco as it had the correct tabs for the tranny mount, and the tranny mount itself matched up. It's definetely a LR part, maybe just not 90/110. Either way, things are good now.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 12:29 PM
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Holy crap, I was wrong! What the hell is the world coming to?!?!?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Dis...-/300434962461

Well, glad you found something better.



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the donor Disco as it had the correct tabs for the tranny mount, and the tranny mount itself matched up. It's definetely a LR part, maybe just not 90/110. Either way, things are good now.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 02:21 PM
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That Disco tranny mount is GARBAGE! It has so much free play built into it, presumably to make the Disco ride more cushy. Doug is supposed to have some of the correct side mounts for me at some point.

Next project, a sunroof!
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That Disco tranny mount is GARBAGE! It has so much free play built into it, presumably to make the Disco ride more cushy. Doug is supposed to have some of the correct side mounts for me at some point.

Next project, a sunroof!
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Next project, a sunroof!

How many more projects are left?

The last thing you want to do is turn this into "The Re-Gaying of a Defender 110."
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Old June 7th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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How many more projects are left?

The last thing you want to do is turn this into "The Re-Gaying of a Defender 110."
LOL! It's a LR, the projects will never end!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 02:06 AM
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You buy the sunroof RDS is selling?
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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:26 AM
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You buy the sunroof RDS is selling?
Nope. Never saw his, but I assume it's around $400 like the rest of the LR sun roofs. I got mine from The Sunroof Doctor and it was $180 shipped. It's two position, tinted, with removable glass.
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$150 for the military sunroof, it is kind of cool since it is metal.

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$150 for the military sunroof, it is kind of cool since it is metal.

http://www.roversdownsouth.com/defender.htm
Saw that one. It's not really a "sun roof" if you can't see through it!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:52 PM
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I guess that is what I like about it, no sun beating down on you while driving but you can still open it up and get some air flow.

And no glass to break

Never been much of a sun roof guy, kind of hard to maintain reputation in the Goth community with a sun tan
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Got the sunroof installed this past week. I got it from The Sunroof Doctor at it was $190 delivered. Sunroof size is 17"x32" and I am very please with the quality. Installation was pretty straightforward. When I cut the center roof support I left enough material to "bend back" and close the exposed ends. The glass is 90% tint, opens in two positions, and is also removable.

The last major project in the immediate future is a Salisbury rear axle with ARB install this week. No disc brake conversion just yet, although I have all the parts minus the caliper brackets. I also picked up a killer Dana 60 HD rear cover.
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The last major project in the immediate future is a Salisbury rear axle with ARB install this week. No disc brake conversion just yet, although I have all the parts minus the caliper brackets. I also picked up a killer Dana 60 HD rear cover.
you work quick. doesn't look anything like what I dropped off Wed night.
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Yeah, it's completely stripped and painted, got new bearings, brakes, ARB, and diff cover coming. I hope to have it swapped in by next weekend. I need that A-arm bracket ASAP though!
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The last major project in the immediate future is a Salisbury rear axle with ARB install this week.
Don't most 110 rear axles have shocks that both point toward the front of the vehicle? it looks like this one has one going forward and one going back just like the RR/Disco axle you removed. Just curious.
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I think early ones point in opposite directions. Either way, it doesn't matter.
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Holy crap, what a kick in the balls. I got the ARB installed and the Salisbury mounted and the Rover is back on it's wheels. I was happy to find out my driveshaft still worked. The axle got all new parts, including a trick HD diff cover.

Still need to hook up and bleed the brakes, install the shocks, and I am ready to roll.

Next project: Install Terrafirma big bore +2" shocks and Terrafirma front shock towers, and a front big brake upgrade.
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