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Old December 4th, 2014, 04:17 AM
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Suspension lift???

I'm debating lifting my defender 110 by 2 inches but really don't know if it's going to be worth it, can anyone offer any advice? I do a fair bit of off roading working on a farm and towing trailers so a lift seems like a good idea as the cattle are really churning up the ground but will I need to change anything on the car, break lines ect ect ect?
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Old December 4th, 2014, 05:34 AM
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When I took delivery of my 110 I swapped out the completely shot suspension for an Old Man Emu Heavy duty kit. Truck drives great and the lift (1.5") is a great look.
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Old December 4th, 2014, 06:00 AM
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Old man emu on my 110 too. It's supposed to be heavy duty medium. It raise the vehicle 1,5-2 inches. The ride's a bit hard unladen but takes the curve like a sport car!
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Old December 4th, 2014, 07:24 AM
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Does it need any modifications to fit though? What about extending the break lines and things. That's what's worrying me!
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Old December 4th, 2014, 07:27 AM
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Old December 4th, 2014, 07:36 AM
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Yes, you should extend the brake lines.

Call Lucky8 and have them pull a kit together for you based on what you plan to do with the truck. You get what you pay for in this area so proceed with caution. A proper system should last you for 10-15 years. The wrong system may not get you out of the barn.

Do it right the first time.

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Old December 4th, 2014, 07:41 AM
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I really appreciate that clay, thanks for the honesty. Money is tight but you are dead right, looking back I guess the defender does put up with a lot of abuse on the farm. I may as well go all out on it and spend the money to make it last!!!
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Old December 4th, 2014, 08:13 AM
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Glad you took that advice the right way. After you do your due diligence and figure out what set up and brand to best go with it never hurts to post here in the wanted section and look in the for sale parts section. You might have some Rover luck and find most or all of what you need and save a few bucks. It happens. But only if you know what you are looking for and have a gauge on what it's worth beforehand.

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Old December 4th, 2014, 08:15 AM
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If you don't change the shocks for longer ones, you won't need to do anything with the brake lines! Longer springs don't change how far the wheels go uppy-downy. They only change the normal ride height of the vehicle.
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Old December 4th, 2014, 08:50 AM
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Lifting the truck won't do anything for you if the issue is farm animals churning up the ground. Your axles aren't going to get any more clearance with a lift. Maybe slightly more aggressive tires or even slightly taller and skinnier.

That being said, having a lift is nice, and new shocks and springs are always a plus.
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By keeping it stock or by using OME medium springs with matching shocks (OME, Bilstein, etc.), you will not have to worry about the complications that manifest with higher lifts. Those gremlins take time and money to chase.
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The point of a lift, IMO, is to gain ground clearance and wheel opening clearance to run larger tires. If you want these things then the lift is worth it. If you don't want these things then don't bother, just get some new shocks.
Also, I'm of the opinion that lifted vehicles running stock size tires looks downright silly. New larger tires will run about another $1000 so you'll want to factor that into the equation.
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Old December 4th, 2014, 10:39 AM
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The point of a lift, IMO, is to gain ground clearance and wheel opening clearance to run larger tires. If you want these things then the lift is worth it. If you don't want these things then don't bother, just get some new shocks.
Also, I'm of the opinion that lifted vehicles running stock size tires looks downright silly. New larger tires will run about another $1000 so you'll want to factor that into the equation.
I'm not sure what you mean....

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I really appreciate that clay, thanks for the honesty. Money is tight but you are dead right, looking back I guess the defender does put up with a lot of abuse on the farm. I may as well go all out on it and spend the money to make it last!!!
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Are you in Buckinghamshire ?
In my experience a 2 inch longer spring will not require a longer brake line but the 2 inch longer Goodrich ones that are far superior to oem are only 25quid with free carriage.
http://www.paddockspares.com/slr0106...us-2-inch.html

Stay away from Britpart shocks and springs. Their Super Gaz shocks are terrible.
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Old December 4th, 2014, 11:30 AM
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May be Portal axles from à Volvo C303 will give you more than 5 inch lift...
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Never had any problems with the brake piping. The u joint seems to suffer a bit as I renew them annually ..
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Never had any problems with the brake piping. The u joint seems to suffer a bit as I renew them annually ..


what kind of lift do you have that you're replacing u-joints annually? And what brand are you using...
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Old December 16th, 2014, 08:57 AM
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Hi Everyone new to this forum and figuring out my suspension. Does anyone have some feedback on the Bilstein B6 ride control?
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