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Old February 20th, 2014, 10:56 PM
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disco axles in a defender

Hi Im new to the forum and also to Land Rovers.
Just bought an 85 Defender.
I was curious if 96 Disco axles are a good swap for disc brakes?
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:00 PM
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You'll need one out of a 98' or 99' unless you want to swap the flange IIRC. I've got one out of a 98' in the rear of my 90. Having disc over drums in the rear has been a huge improvement
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:05 PM
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Call me stupid because I probably am, but wouldn't it be better to swap in a RRC front axle for the bigger brakes? Rear is a wash to me except for 24 spline.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:13 PM
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what is an IIRC
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:14 PM
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I have a rolling chassis from a 96 Disco . was just curious what all parts I could use from it
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IIRC = If I Recall Correctly
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:16 PM
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:22 PM
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D1 axles will work well. As mentioned, you will have to change the rear diff flange depending on the year of truck the axles are out of. You could use all of the suspension and steering off the D1 if you wanted also.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:22 PM
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Its a 90
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:32 PM
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bought it a month ago but its been to cold to mess with it.
the injector pump is leaking, so thats the first project.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 11:36 PM
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Call me stupid because I probably am, but wouldn't it be better to swap in a RRC front axle for the bigger brakes? Rear is a wash to me except for 24 spline.
the RRC front brakes pads and pistons are the same size as the NAS Disco brakes, only vented. The calipers are goofy with multiple lines. I think at some point in 90 history they used the same brake parts as the NAS Discos, then eventually switched to the vented and larger piston calipers up front that all of the NAS Defender 90s have.

You could look for a late model with the flange, or you could buy the conversion kit, or you could take a front diff out of the few hundred thousand 24 spline coil rovers that have been junked and swap it over. Thats what I did on my last flange conversion, it was by far the easiest


I think you'll need to grab the radius arms too, they changed width some time in the 80s.
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