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Old June 4th, 2014, 05:14 PM
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front upper spring retainers?

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to retain the front springs to the frame? I can't seem to find a manufacturer who makes upper spring retainers for the Defender.

I've read some posts on LR4x4 and AULRO which include suggestions like SS hose clamps and random bits of metal / screws, but what is the best way?
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Old June 4th, 2014, 05:31 PM
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Why not retain on the bottom and cones at the top?
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Some limiting straps would be a more elegant way of limiting travel rather than hose clamps.
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I don't want to limit travel - I want as much droop as possible. After comparing the performance of retain top/cone bottom vs. retain bottom/cone top on others rigs, it appears to me that retain top/cone bottom works best. In the front, there is no bottom cone, but that can be fixed in other ways.
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Thanks John - do you know how these actually attach the top spring to the frame without interfering with the shock?
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http://www.terrafirma4x4store.co.uk/...110_130_d1_rrc

That is what they are for. Ignore the picture at Lucky8....

Edit, maybe not.... Hang on...
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Oh okay, I didn't realise you wanted to fit cones on the bottom. I'm not into cones.
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Hmmm, can't seem to find them right now. My Google search power is low today.
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http://www.terrafirma4x4store.co.uk/...110_130_d1_rrc

That is what they are for. Ignore the picture at Lucky8....

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How are those going to retain the top of the front spring?
OP, are you linked?? I run 3" RTE progressive springs up front, 11" Fox shocks, cones up top and Ballistic fab lower retainers, and the slotted radius arm bushings from Polybush. I can't get my spring to drop below the upper cone.
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As they say. Unless you are three link, there is not enough articulation available to unseat the springs.
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Some more details: I am planning on replacing the front shocks with longer units as the current droop on my front axle is a few inches - at the tire. I'd like to plan this modification in advance so while it isn't an actual problem right now, I'd like to have the right components ordered up front.

I'm pretty much sold on retaining springs at the frame after seeing RedRange's disco using that setup in the rear.

fish - I believe your springs are longer than mine. I am not linked, but that's not to say that I might not try a wristed arm or 3 link in the future!
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On my D2 I droop low enough to un-seat the spring, so I hear where you're coming from.
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