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Mo Murphy



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United Kingdom 1984 Defender 90 200 Tdi HT Pennine Grey
The panhard rod goes between the chassis and the front axle, as you change the height, you change the relationship between the two.
Mo The Land Rover 90 - Many are called, few are chosen.
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blackrock



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 SW Firenze Red
Ah, I suspected something like that. I'll realign the wheelfor the normal driving height.
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blackwolf



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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 DCPU Stornoway Grey
Raising and lowering the vehicle will have a similar effect to lengthening and shortening the drag link. I would completely expect the straight-ahead wheel position to change by a small amount between extremes.
Post #963284 29th Aug 2022 6:37pm
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jimbo55



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Andrew, the wheel position will change with the height of the suspension that’s perfectly normal, set the steering wheel straight in which ever setting you drive most on the road. For me I drive most in sport which is 1”lowered and set it to that so when I go to off-road or normal the wheel does move out of centre slightly
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blackrock



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 SW Firenze Red
Thanks for the replies, I was beginning to think that I'd somehow put the steering wheel on wonky a few weeks back. I also use the slightly lower setting for normal driving so I'll set the wheel straight on that setting.

Andrew
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blackrock



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 SW Firenze Red
jimbo55 wrote:
Yes I have a VB kit, I do find the lights on the controller a bit too bright so always have the controller face down to stop any glare on the windscreen


I've just been reading the VB user manual and apparently you can adjust the brightness of the LEDs on the controls. A short press of the service button with the spanner on it, followed by the up and down arrows that should adjust the brightness of the LEDs.

I'll try this next time I'm in the vehicle.

Andrew
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MercianRover



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United Kingdom 1998 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW Java Black
blackrock wrote:
As a mad idea I was wondering if I could build some electric spring compressors that compress all four springs on command. All I'm after is a temporary lowering of the vehicle, I'm not after the smoother ride that is advertised (a lot). Presumably the bumps stops are reachable with a compressor, as they must be reached at times. I'm not sure it would bother the springs too much, maybe they wouldn't like being compressed repeatedly, and the mechanics would be interesting to say the least.

Andrew


In the US rock crawlers sometimes have "suck-down" winches to pull the axle into a full (or near-as) bump condition to improve stability on climbs and descents.
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jst



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2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Stornoway Grey
We used our rear winch as a suck down winch for Croatia trophy terrain at times.

Anyone fitted irb suspension, or had it fitted? Cheers

James
110 XS Utility
130 Puma Station wagon/camper (in the making)
90 Puma Hardtop
Post #1034776 14th May 2024 8:36pm
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