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Old April 19th, 2014, 07:20 PM
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Replaced the front axle with one from a '96 RHD 110.

Problems: Front drag link end & bushings are too small for the bracket. Everything else fits just fine (holes underneath line up perfectly). Do I have to buy different drag links or different bushings?



The diff looks like it points up the way. Is this normal?



Thanks in advance.

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Old April 19th, 2014, 07:30 PM
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You need the later drag links, Same as a disco. Diff angle looks fine.
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Old April 19th, 2014, 08:48 PM
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Thanks! The local wrecking yard has a couple of Discovery 1's in stock so I will go get a pair of radius arms (Thanks Jeff).

Will Discovery 1 springs & shocks fit also? Towers? My springs are very rusty, and the shocks have some resistance but not much.

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Thanks! The local wrecking yard has a couple of Discovery 1's in stock so I will go get a pair.

Will Discovery 1 springs & shocks fit also? Towers? My springs are very rusty, and the shocks have some resistance but not much.

Thanks,

Paul.
Yes on the towers & such.
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Old April 19th, 2014, 10:04 PM
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Yes on the towers & such.
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Hopefully Oregon's climate gives you some rust free donor parts in terms of shock towers; often just easier to buy those new when replacing shocks-likewise I've never had great luck getting the bottom nuts off front shocks if they've been on for any period of time. That may be a facet of the East Coast though. Good luck!
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Hopefully Oregon's climate gives you some rust free donor parts in terms of shock towers; often just easier to buy those new when replacing shocks-likewise I've never had great luck getting the bottom nuts off front shocks if they've been on for any period of time. That may be a facet of the East Coast though. Good luck!
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Ray:

It is very dry on this side of the state. I got the rear axle from the same D1 I'll be getting the other stuff from and there was very little rust. I'll likely go with galvanized towers eventually, but I'll probably do that when I replace the chassis.

I never have liked the way of undoing the nut on the bottom of the shock. PITA!

Thanks again!

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Yea, that an east coast burden that you bare.

Central OR is damn near Nevada dry.

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But it's damn friendly here and traffic is so light!
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Yea, that an east coast burden that you bare.

Central OR is damn near Nevada dry.

-Jeff
Central Oregon has a very similar climate to what we see here. I've seen more than a month go by with zero precip!

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Paul, be sure to grab all of the nuts, bolts, and washers.

-Jeff
Copy that! I'm going to have the buys at the wrecking yard remove this stuff- doubt I could get to the radius arms, as they pull the wheels & sit the rigs down on the dirt!
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Paul,

What is said above is correct. I assumed you got the 96 110 axle complete with radius arms. The early arms are 87-89ish RRC and 90/110 to 93. Disco radius arms will work fine. Be careful removing the 4 nuts that hold the shock tower. The studs tend to break. Spray them down with PB blaster and use a wire brush to get the corrosion off the stud sticking above the nut.
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Which front Discovery springs should I use on my Ninety- a pair of rights, a pair of lefts or as they come? Turns out the springs are different lengths (& more coils) on the left vs. the right on a Discovery 1.

I didn't know this, but when I stood them up, one was taller. Went to the wrecking yard thinking they had given me a front & a rear, and they went & pulled both front springs off another Discovery 1. Same deal, drivers side is taller.

The old springs from my Ninety are the same height as the passengers side from the Discovery 1, but are thicker steel & appear to have less 'give'.

Which should I use on my V8 Ninety SW?

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The two taller ones from the disco.
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The two taller ones from the disco.
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Long answer: Disco I spring are lighter spring rates than D90 so to get as close as possible two taller ones. Of course relative rates of sag etc make everything a crap shoot as to how not level things turn out.

Actually, I take that back. In theory: You probably want long one drivers side, short one passenger side since you have the side fuel tank. Honestly it does not matter all that much.
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