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Old April 13th, 2013, 02:07 PM
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Disco II rear axles on '88 defender

Quick question. Can a disco II rear axle be easily fitted to a defender? (Thinking this might be a way to get disc brakes on the rear since I have access to a good DII axle for cheap.
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Suspension is entirely different. Just use a DI rear axle or RRC rear axle which is bolt on.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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Thanks good to know
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Old April 13th, 2013, 05:15 PM
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Will a D1 front axel bolt on too? Can I then transplant the rest of the D1 brake compents to get anti-skid?

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Suspension is entirely different. Just use a DI rear axle or RRC rear axle which is bolt on.
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It will bolt on, but you won't get ABS.
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I know I need to transplant the entire D1 brake system to get ABS. I guess what I am really asking is how much work is it to make it fit in a Defender?

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It will bolt on, but you won't get ABS.
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I have no idea. Sorry.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 06:56 PM
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I know I need to transplant the entire D1 brake system to get ABS. I guess what I am really asking is how much work is it to make it fit in a Defender?

Mike.
For an 88? Aside from the proportioning valve you'd also be retrofitting the electronics...not a simple task I imagine.
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You actually want Land Rover ABS???
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Old April 13th, 2013, 08:26 PM
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My D1 ABS system died long before I started the transplant to my D90 build. Left the ABS remnants where they were bolted to the body when I took the useful bits. Both axles bolted to the D90 chassis just fine. Going with simple non ABS.
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Some of the newer Defenders have ABS and traction control, people have added it to older defenders by sourcing the newer parts. It would get expensive real fast but can be done.

I know people think I am crazy when I say this but I am a fan of the ETC, had it in my DII and it worked great think it would be nice in a defender
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Yes. Why would that be a surprise?

My wife and I drove our 97 D1 around Iceland for 5000 miles and I thought it worked great. Not intrusive and I appreciated the few times it activated.

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Yes. Why would that be a surprise?

My wife and I drove our 97 D1 around Iceland for 5000 miles and I thought it worked great. Not intrusive and I appreciated the few times it activated.

Mike
Many people have experienced failures with the D1 abs system that causes the brakes to do almost nothing except make a lot of noise. I personally slid through a red light in my 1996 D1.
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