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Old March 30th, 2016, 09:31 PM
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Suspension travel of Defender

Does anyone know if there is any difference of suspension travel of the Defender vehicles 200Tdi, 300Tdi, Td5 and Puma?
Or the off-road ability in each suspension?
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Old March 30th, 2016, 09:41 PM
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Wait...this forum is not big enough for (2) Pedros!
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...+dro-6087.html

Sorry, couldn't resist. But honestly the "stock" suspension setup for 200/300/Td5 is all pretty (reasonably) close I believe (and I'd assume Pumas too since they didn't change that much). Also, if you've got sway bars connected that will limit you greatly at all - so first step (if you're looking for more travel) is to ditch those. Then make sure you do something to retain the rears, and take it from there.

And someday maybe - maybe - you get get here
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Old March 30th, 2016, 09:49 PM
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The ultimate travel is the same from the first Range Rover in 1969 to the last Defender. Around 8" travel shocks. The wider radius arms that came out in the early 90s have a fair bit less front articulation than the narrow ones. As above any stock sway bars restrict articulation as well.
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Thanks a lot guys. This question was raised by our Defender group here in Brazil, State of Bahia.
The stock articulation is great to me for the moment and i drive too much on road to take off the sway bar...

But i plan to put a 2" lift kit when i change to Defender 110. I just wonder how wide would the travel suspension change in a kit of 2 inches, comparing to standard.
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Wait...this forum is not big enough for (2) Pedros!
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...+dro-6087.html

Sorry, couldn't resist. But honestly the "stock" suspension setup for 200/300/Td5 is all pretty (reasonably) close I believe (and I'd assume Pumas too since they didn't change that much). Also, if you've got sway bars connected that will limit you greatly at all - so first step (if you're looking for more travel) is to ditch those. Then make sure you do something to retain the rears, and take it from there.

And someday maybe - maybe - you get get here
You have retained rear springs in that photo? Not cones? What spring are you running that will stretch that much?
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Thanks a lot guys. This question was raised by our Defender group here in Brazil, State of Bahia.
The stock articulation is great to me for the moment and i drive too much on road to take off the sway bar...

But i plan to put a 2" lift kit when i change to Defender 110. I just wonder how wide would the travel suspension change in a kit of 2 inches, comparing to standard.
Travel does not change at all with a lift. That said, it is better to move the travel position to better center the travel around the new ride height. With a 2" lift, you end up with hardly any extension travel and tons of compression travel.
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You have retained rear springs in that photo? Not cones? What spring are you running that will stretch that much?
I'm running loooooong cones on the top (and flat bar retainers on the bottom), but if I wasn't I'd do retainers on one end at least. We've solved many a trail issue by just using some hose clamps on the top for folks that had springs keep popping out, and that seemed to be just fine and borderline permanent fix .
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Ah.. I thought you meant the springs were retained top and bottom and I was about to be jealous of your quiet articulation.

Wasn't RTE making super long springs a while back so you didn't have to run cones? What happened to that
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