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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:42 PM
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Rear suspension a-frame interchangeability Disco ~ 90

Would a Discovery I (94 99) rear suspension A-frame, frame mounts and ball joint fit a D90?

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Old September 16th, 2009, 10:28 PM
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Would a Discovery I (94 99) rear suspension A-frame, frame mounts and ball joint fit a D90?

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Old September 17th, 2009, 11:07 AM
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Dave I believe the frame mounts are weld on for a disco, and if so, you'd need to get defender frame mounts (or have the disco ones cut off and weld onto your frame - but I have no idea what they look like).

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the a arm is the same. the mounts are just attached to the frame differently for some reason

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Dave I believe the frame mounts are weld on for a disco, and if so, you'd need to get defender frame mounts (or have the disco ones cut off and weld onto your frame - but I have no idea what they look like).

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Old September 17th, 2009, 11:32 AM
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Disco's do not have the triangle pieces. Look for a wanted post by badgerman a few months ago to see what I am talking about.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Right, on a disco that piece or its functional equivalent is welded to the chassis. But the ARMS are the same.

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Disco's do not have the triangle pieces. Look for a wanted post by badgerman a few months ago to see what I am talking about.
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Thanks guys,

So the ball joint will work as well?
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Old September 17th, 2009, 02:03 PM
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Yup, it should work fine.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 07:54 PM
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Be aware there are different ball joints as well- a trick George taught me years ago- some are rebuildable, while others are not. It becomes a biggie when time to service same- you won't have to remove it.
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Dale, how do you tell if it's rebuildable? The ones I have have two bolts and it looks like a press fit into the piece the a-arms bolt to. Mine are both in nice and snug so I haven't tried to press them out, but I'm wondering if they are rebuildable or need replacing.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 09:24 PM
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I have a rebuildable on my truck, greaseable too. They're ...Okay..
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Old September 18th, 2009, 04:59 AM
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But Keith- you have heated seats too :-)
The rebuildable ones have additional bolts and as Keith said, are greaseable
It's no biggie, I just hate changing them- pain job. No performance issue, just ease of service.
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I can say from personal experience that the A-Arms and ball joint parts are identical between a 95 disco and 95 D90.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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Has anyone actually replaced an A arm ball joint more than once on the same truck? It seems like a 1 time job. If you burned through more than 1 I would suspect you have suspension geometry issues.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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I probably could have. The one on my Disco needed replacing at about 175k, I've 250k on it now. So I expect it will eventually need replacing again.
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