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Old October 19th, 2014, 02:43 AM
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Power Steering Time

Just got back from a 2k mile trip in the Defender. Enjoyed it quite a bit but one thing I realized is that manual steering has no place in rock crawling. Steering wheel would whip around. Lucky I didn't break my wrist! So it is time to add power steering to my 2.5 LHD.

Are there any shops in the Bay Area that would know how to do this? I don't mind wrenching but I hate working on steering boxes in rovers.

I pulled this from another thread, and have some questions about parts:

- power steering box - I've read Meridian are good but huge core. Other options? Used boxes all leak which I'll pass on.
- power steering pump from n/a or TD defender - Can this be from a Classic or D1?
- power steering reservoir - Easy
- the bracket to connect the pump to the engine - No clue
- power steering belt - Should be easy
- crank pulley - 3 belt pulley, right? Should be able to track this down
- lines - Normal lines from Atlantic British, right?

Would love some suggestions for those of you that have done this conversion.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 03:18 AM
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When I broke my D1 pulled the box etc from that and installed in my 90 build. Don't know how much a recycling place would charge for one v cost of Meridian core charge.
You'll have to do some legwork here to figure out these two choices.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 11:24 AM
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So all parts are the same as a D1? I thought for sure some parts were different, like the pully? Looks like I'll be hitting a pick n pull soon.
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Any idea how to locate the pump and or the bracket on how to mount it to the engine? Surely some of you have done this conversion.

Talked to a local "expert" shop who had no idea how to pull this off which surprised me.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 06:23 PM
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I would just buy a new pump. That way you know it is good. They are not that expensive.

The Disco 1 one and later 200TDI---- http://www.lrseries.com/shop/product...RING-PUMP.html
Earlier 2.5NA/200TDI - http://www.lrseries.com/shop/product...-ASSEMBLY.html

The hard part will be the bracket, which you will need to find out of the UK. ETC8854 Costly as hell new. Need to find a wreckers...
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 06:28 PM
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I bought my pump, bracket, reservoir, and some hoses from a user on the board. I had to get a pulley and a couple of hoses from the UK, but I think there are some people stocking it now. Rovah farm I think has them. I got a used disco steering box for $20 from the u-pull it yard.

By the time it was all said and done with most of the hoses new and the new pulley, I was probably into it for $400, but it's probably the best upgrade I've done so far.

The 3 groove pulley requires you to use a power steering belt for a vehicle with a/c
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 06:28 PM
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The parts are readily available, so i'm not clear why there is any confusion. Exploded views of the parts along with the part numbers are all over the web.
http://www.landroverweb.com/Pdf-file..._Catalogue.pdf
Every Land Rover parts diagram on earth here: lrparts.ru
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Thread revival.

I have what I thought was a complete 'kit' for adding PS to my 2.5na turd.

Pump
Bracket
Box
Reservoir
Hoses
3 groove pulley
Tensioner...?

I went to install the belt... Do you really have to remove a pulley to add a belt? If not, I would think there is a tensioner involved. I've messaged a bit with another board member who added the tensioner from a RRC (ETC6148 and ETC6159). I mean, it makes sense... But I've only heard of this one instance of a tensioner being added. Anyone else done this?
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Don't know if it is normal procedure but, I have to loosen the bolts that holds the power steering pump to it's tensioner in order to take on/off the belt. Might be able with a pry bar by stretching the belt up to a point, but sometimes, it just don't feel right.

Might have a mix match of pump/holder/pulley/tensioner/belt

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