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Old March 1st, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Too much gangsta for the wife with the black pack. We've decided to wait till we get to Tejas, seems to be a plethora over there. Thanks though.

rover4x4...90 is still in the AC shop in Atlanta so have not put the exhaust on, nor anything else for that matter. I will post pics and if I can a sound clip link when I do of the install.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 07:57 PM
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Anyone venture a guess on what genuine NAS front seats would fetch for the pair, complete including runners? One side has a 2" rip in the seat bottom fabric.
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(delete this...thought you were buying....was going to mention the exmoor refurb kit on this site....seems that might let you fix them and get more for them too though...)
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Old March 30th, 2013, 06:35 PM
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Well, just retrieved the 90 from Atlanta. Had new tires installed, the ubiquitous 285 75 16 D rated BF Goodrich ATs. My steering buzzing has disappeared, much easier to turn than the heavy MTs that were on there. I think my fuel economy went up significantly as well, like a couple MPGs.

Some photos, they tuck in nice, and i'll measure heights before and after as I put the 2" lift on.

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Old June 9th, 2013, 08:43 PM
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10 days and a wakeup and I'll be able to start tearing into her! The shocks are completely shot, the exhaust is about to literally fall off, and the engine is clacking like nuts. I don't know how Uncle Sam managed to take 2 years from me and I wasn't even overseas...
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Old August 12th, 2013, 06:57 AM
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Old August 12th, 2013, 10:01 AM
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Ha Ha - I'm sitting in class in a "secure" location learning about "secret" things...

I've got the Magnaflow, Oil Cooler Lines, and engine maintenance done, but not much else. Waiting on Eastwood/POR stuff before I get into suspension. Will post pics and reviews of stuff soon; pretty sure my engine is near the end of its' life thanks to poor maintenance by the PO. Looking at a replacement V8.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 07:32 PM
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So Im about to do the suspension, but need some advice. Each Fox came with 4 spacers; Even when I put both spacers on the bolt, there is still side to side movement of the shock on the bolt. Is this acceptable or do I need additional spacers? Seems that the widths are all different on these RTE mounts.



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Old August 25th, 2013, 03:18 PM
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Stuck in Springfield/Alexandria somewhere while I figure out why the Defender is throwing up coolant in a very expeditious manner from the heater box area. Lovely.
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Bypass the heater core by looping the hose from the inlet to the outlet and see if that fixes it.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Seems like it only pukes when I turn the fan on hot. Turn off, no puke. Heater core or hose? Im about to rip into her.
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Stuck in Springfield/Alexandria somewhere while I figure out why the Defender is throwing up coolant in a very expeditious manner from the heater box area. Lovely.
Need any help/tools/garage space? I'll be home within the hour.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 04:58 PM
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I got some coolant in her and drove back to post. I was going to wait till Wednesday when the auto shop on Belvoir opens to tear into her, but if you have time this evening, I'd like a second set of eyes on it.

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Old August 28th, 2013, 10:12 PM
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Interesting, is the OME 751 suppose to be the same height as the genuine 90 front coil?

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Old August 28th, 2013, 11:14 PM
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More space between the coils = stiffer spring. Lift springs aren't always longer.
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Old August 28th, 2013, 11:34 PM
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Ok, thanks. I did the unscientific compression test and the OME was obviously much firmer. Hope my ride doesn't go south.
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Old August 29th, 2013, 10:43 PM
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Only got fronts on without retainers or brake lines but man does she ride nice on this setup! I have nothing to compare to Defender suspension wise, but the combo of OME 751 and Fox 2.0s on RTE mounts seem solid. Rockin the Cali lean though for now, front in the air...

Lifted the front end a little over 4" as the factory coils have been overmatched by the additional front end weight and shot shocks. Finished in the dark so no side shots tonight.



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Well, just retrieved the 90 from Atlanta. Had new tires installed, the ubiquitous 285 75 16 D rated BF Goodrich ATs. My steering buzzing has disappeared, much easier to turn than the heavy MTs that were on there. I think my fuel economy went up significantly as well, like a couple MPGs.
Are those 285 or 265?

Standard Defender tire size is 265x75R16, right?
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Old August 30th, 2013, 07:01 AM
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Youve been AWOL from the Source Aaron?! Welcome back. They're 285s, though they appear smaller because of the tread width. After looking at Jason Lav's truck yesterday, I may change out to Wolfs and 255 KM2s with this 2" lift. Don't know the stock size.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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I've been lurking around! But nothing really interesting to write or ask. Truck's been running pretty good.

I am running 255/85R16 KM2 on about 1.5in OME lift. I love the look... ride could probably be a bit nicer on the road...
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