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Shroppy



Member Since: 25 Feb 2016
Location: Shropshire
Posts: 213

United Kingdom 1986 Defender 130 V8 Petrol HCPU Rioja Red
Best suspension set up

I've read through the previous forum posts regarding suspension options but, I'm still undecided and with the new chassis on order I need to make a decision sharpish.

I've got a set of Britpart (I presume) HD Yellow springs on the shelf, I've run them in the past with no complaints.

I was considering running them with helper springs in the rear and genuine (ideally) HD front springs, but I'm stumped when it comes to the shock absorbers.

They're going on a DCPU which will be used for towing, collecting heavy loads, some overlanding and a large amount of unladen driving.

Any thoughts gratefully received. 1986 127 4.6 V8
Series 1 80"
Series 1 88" 4x2 V8


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Post #812321 28th Jan 2020 4:16pm
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bear100



Member Since: 22 Mar 2010
Location: South Wales
Posts: 1332

Wales 2010 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Santorini Black

I’ve done a fair bit of research and come to the conclusion :-

Fox shocks (a bit pricey but not to bad, and quality is there)
Genuine springs or the new standard height Alive springs
Airhelper air bags for the rear.

Most people will only give advice on what they have fitted, quite a few have mentioned they fitted the Bilstein B6 and thought they were great, and then sat in another defender with Fox shocks and ended up changing the Bilstein out.

Best price so far is from Paddocks (forum members have %15off till the 31st (thanks Martin)) 2016 Range Rover Autobiography 4.4 TDV8
2010 110 XS Utility 2.4TDCI
2010 Range Rover Sport TDV8 (gone)
2007 Discovery HSE TDV6 (gone)
1993 110 csw 200 tdi (gone)
1994 90 HT 300 tdi (gone)
1994 discovery 300tdi
90 hybrid 3.5 v8 (gone)
Range rover bobtail 3.5 v8 (gone)

Post #812332 28th Jan 2020 5:51pm
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Shroppy



Member Since: 25 Feb 2016
Location: Shropshire
Posts: 213

United Kingdom 1986 Defender 130 V8 Petrol HCPU Rioja Red

I hadn't considered fox but will look into them! I've run their stuff a lot on push bikes and can't complain!

Thanks for the heads up on the discount, I think I'll be placing quite a few orders in the next month or so as the rebuild ramps up! 1986 127 4.6 V8
Series 1 80"
Series 1 88" 4x2 V8

Post #812369 28th Jan 2020 9:14pm
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bankz5152



Member Since: 02 Feb 2017
Location: South London/North Kent
Posts: 1644

2004 Defender 110 Td5 DCPU Epsom Green

Old Man Emu will do a set to suit.

Koni HT Raid dampers - likely the best road going dampers on the market, adjustable and fully rebuildable. Instagram @defender_ventures

Post #812405 28th Jan 2020 11:40pm
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jst



Member Since: 14 Jan 2008
Location: Taunton
Posts: 5940

2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Stornoway Grey

I have run several vehicles in the past with terrafirma, one, fox, koni shocks.

For general alround use ome get my vote. 3 of mine now running ome shocks.

Fox are good but better suited to vehicles been pushed more than mine are. Cheers

James
110 XS Utility
90 tdci Softtop
90 tdci Hardtop

Post #812582 29th Jan 2020 10:09pm
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Naf



Member Since: 07 Dec 2016
Location: Sandbox
Posts: 320

Kuwait 2000 Defender 130 Td5 HCPU Nato Green No Canopy

If you are towing this is what i have and it works

OME long travel springs front and rear
Fox extended shock
2" lifted Airbagman rear airbags
Airlift compressor
Adrenalin extreme rear trailing arms
Adrenaline tubular a frame
Adrenalin 6 deg front radius arms
3" rear propshaft
Double cardon front propshaft

You can also use the ARB shocks in place of the fox, they are just as good and slightly cheaper.

Its a great kit and allows the best of all worlds not to mention doesnt hurt the back when you are offloaded Can't leave well enough alone

Post #813712 5th Feb 2020 9:49am
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