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Old October 25th, 2005, 02:52 PM
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Alright, I know this is a terrible question to ask as there are so many differing opinions. At the end of the year I will come into about 1500-1600 from a research grant I work for. I have come to the conclusion the only logical thing to do is dump it into the D90. That said almost everything outside of a diesel swap is on the truck I would want minus drivetrain associated parts (axles, driveshafts, diffs, etc). The times I have been out wheeling the wagon I have realized there is certainly more potential to be unlocked. So here goes. With the budget I have wheres the best place to throw it. The wagon with the rack gets a little squirrely when the rocks get going. I was thinking 3 link to ever her out. On the other hand I see the advantages of the lockers. If I went the 3 link way I'd get the rover tracks rear links and have some exo mounts made for the front. Otherwise its basically all the money into the lockers. Again, know its very subjective and probably has been addressed before...the budget sort of dictates my choice though.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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ARB lockers!
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Old October 25th, 2005, 03:16 PM
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Old October 25th, 2005, 04:32 PM
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...agreed. Mine is at about $3,000 right now for when the engine or tranny goes.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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Do you have a winch. If not I'd start with a winch bumper and winch.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 05:50 PM
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a "when this thing breaks fund"
I second that notion.....Even if you don't drive the damn thing it breaks on you.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 10:43 PM
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Well I'm fine as far as back up funding should anything go wrong knock on wood. Strangely enough my d90 has been nothing but great for me in the seven months I have owned her. Of course saying that tomorrow the alternator will go, the tranny will develop some strange noise, etc.

All joking aside, I have earmarked this money to go into the thing so again between the two any opinions/recommendations?

Oh, the wagon already has rockware bumper, superwinch s9000, ome springs, ranchos all around, rockware shock hoops out back, sliders, rear corner protectors, roof rack, hellas out the wazoo, diff guards
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Old October 25th, 2005, 11:18 PM
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You can get a Kingpin HP D60 for $1200 and a rear for $250. Then save to put them in. That is the best thing you could spend the money on by far.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 08:33 AM
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dont be serious. why hack up a perfectly good land rover to add some shit that belongs under a jeep
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Old October 26th, 2005, 08:52 AM
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Old October 26th, 2005, 09:34 AM
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dont be serious. why hack up a perfectly good land rover to add some shit that belongs under a jeep
So it doesn't break all the time. Size does matter, you should be very aware of this.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 10:31 AM
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Old October 26th, 2005, 12:03 PM
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Really would appreciate some worthwhile input....plus the spinners won't work, already looked into the autozone versions.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 12:09 PM
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I would go with more flex first, you will break less parts with more travel then you will with lockers. And if you upgrade to larger tires one day you will want to change gear ratios, that would also be the ideal time to throw in a locker or 2 and upgrade to heavy duty halfshafts. You may want to look into the anti-rock idea for the rear (like a sway bar but doesn't limit travel) to keep the top heavy roofracked SW from floping over.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 01:13 PM
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I feel like with the added center of gravity of the rack and hard top that the more flex might at least make the truck more balanced. I would like an alternative to the SG unit but it looks like for the price and availability its the only way to go.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 01:19 PM
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I was thinking in addition to the 3 link you might do something like this to http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3811 to keep it level better, or less tippy.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 01:50 PM
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Yea, I was investigating this setup as well. I am however not in any shape or form a proficient welder more fabricator so that would have to go out to someone. It looks like the anti rock is something like 350 bucks which isn't bad, but I'm curious how much it would cost to have it mocked up and put in.
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Old October 27th, 2005, 12:16 PM
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Hmm... Fifteen Hunge you say ?


Get a Genuine South African Roof Top Tent... Howling Moon or Hannibal I suggest.

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Old November 2nd, 2005, 09:11 AM
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Unless you are planning to change gears, I would go with the lockers. The front / rear setup is ideal and can make a huge difference on the trail. If you are doing well on the trails that you are running with your current setup, then lockers will help. If you want to get flashy with flex, than go with the 3-link. I recently switched my front suspension to the 3-link and it definitely opens the front articulation up, but you might have other driveline / anti-roll issues that could end up costing more. The lockers are a great, safe choice that your truck will benefit from.

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