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Old March 7th, 2015, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Z.G View Post
Genuine shocks and springs have been underrated, but I think you'll find many people switching back to them. The truth is most Defenders out there are plenty capable of the trails they're doing with stock suspension. They will ride much better on stock equipment.
X2 my 83 110 is on its original springs and I have OE shocks in the front. Ride height has not budged and ride quality matches new 110's I've driven. I've posted this before but I have read/been told the early 110's shared the same springs as the RRC. Would love confirmation on this though. Btw, I have a set of Genuine HD 110 springs I no longer feel are necessary for my needs. PM to discuss if anyone is interested.

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Old March 7th, 2015, 07:47 AM
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I initially had Terrafirma +2 HD springs with OME shocks and the ride was way to rough unloaded. Swapped the HD springs for Terrafirma +2 medium springs and kept the OME shocks. Night and day difference. Great ride now on and off road whether loaded with wife and three kids camping or just me driving to work. If I was doing London to Cape Town I would do full OME. For recreational use I think a good shock with TF spring is fine.

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Old March 7th, 2015, 08:25 AM
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I did a lot of research before opting for OME springs and Koni HT Raid shocks which gave a true two inch lift.
Given the options open to you I would go for OME over the other two.
I am running OME on another 110 right now and they seem fine.
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Old March 7th, 2015, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Ray_G View Post
I had the big bores...atrocious. Switched to Bilstein 7100's up front and Fox in the back.

To the OP, def consider LR HD-prior to bumping above 2" with OME I was running those and very happy with them.
Yeah like i said. Bought them and they were bad, but only because the springs were not strong enuff to fully engage the shock. Big dufference with bills rte springs!
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Old March 7th, 2015, 10:23 AM
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Spring lifts do not affect tire clearance. Repeat after me......
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Old March 7th, 2015, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by tarawneh View Post
up to 33 inch +/- ? ------ Follow up post added March 7th, 2015 01:36 PM ------ you mean just keep the original HD springs and have the air springs installed on them ? you should see our rum desert tho!! i dont think an air springs would survive through it ------ Follow up post added March 7th, 2015 01:39 PM ------ thanks mate , but do you think ome 4 inch traveling kit with 15/12 and 35 inch wheels would be convenient to install ?
When I sold my NAS 90 it had stock springs with OME shocks and 285/75/16 tires (33"). It rode great and looked good as well.

I had 2" OME with 315/75-16s and just had to install bump stops and trim the fender flares. I thought that setup with the lower stance worked very well off road.

I am sure Bill knows a lot more about air springs but I would guess there are ones out there that can handle rough conditions that a Defender would see. My Suburban has rear air spring/dampeners and it has delivered great performance over the last 100k miles and I don't baby that vehicle.
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Old March 7th, 2015, 12:32 PM
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I ran a 2" OME lift with 285/55/16 and it only rubbed on max articulation in the back. I mean max articulation. On road or 95% of off-roading it was perfect.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 07:49 PM
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if i were to do it over again today - i would not buy the TerraFirma sport +2 kit. I'd buy OME.

As it is I am going to start ripping off pieces of it (the Return to center steering damper is first up - its stupid).
Defenders don't wear out they just need more parts.

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Old March 22nd, 2015, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Red90 View Post
Yes, and they are stock 90 rears, which you should always be able to find cheap/free by being friendly with your local 90 owner.....

The big problem with 110s is finding a good choice for rears, IMO. Someone needs to market a bolt in rear air spring kit for them.
Link to your spring chart please and also, how many inches of travel in the ctock 110 rear suspension?


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Old March 22nd, 2015, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by tarawneh View Post
hello all ,
am buying a new lift kit for my 110,,, and am completely lost with the reviews on each one of them, hence i thought of posting this here so you beautiful people can help me to decide by replying on this thread on what would you go with if your buying a new lift kit for your 110 or maybe just reordering them from top to low and post it !

thanks in advance
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I used genuine parts on my rebuild and I'm glad I did. However, if you do go with a lift I would give Britpart a very wide birth, they have a very poor reputation.
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 01:48 PM
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I used a combo of of Genuine 110 springs and TerraFirma All-Terrain shocks. I have been extremely pleased with the ride quality on and off-road.

I think at one point or another I have had all the types mentioned (except for Koni) and so far this has been my favorite set up. I've had them on there for about 15k miles now.

The only change I would make is using Land Rover HD springs up front to offset the weight of the bumper, winch and brush guard. With the new standard springs I sit about a inch low up front.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 11:29 AM
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^^^ Similar to you....

my 110 (Td5, HD chassis, full external cage), has factory HD front springs, 130 spec rears (twin springs), and OME dampers all round.

Drives lovely, handles well, good off road. I can fit 255/85 BFG's without rubbing (but currently have gone back to 265's),

Factory spec is good in my books... no hassles at all.
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Old April 26th, 2015, 02:08 PM
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I installed the Koni Raid shocks and I'm pleased with the results. I haven't taken her off road yet but in town over speedbumps you really notice how she soaks up the bumps. Thanks Red90 for the review of the Koni's, I'm happy I went with them over the Bilstiens.

The best deal I could find was just under $500 from Import Replacement Parts. They had them in stock and the shipping was fast

Koni Shock - Heavy Track Series (8240-1182SPX)
Heavy Track 'Red' Shocks
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Koni Shock - Heavy Track Series (8240-1181SPX)
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Position : Front $125.28

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