View Full Version : Options for discos?

29-12-11, 06:41 PM
so what's the go for early discos? Mine is stock ride height and the winch is mounted very low.
This became a minor issue today when Uncle and I went for a 4x4 bash this afternoon. My bullbar was very good at pushing a stupid amount of mud. I'd like to lift the suspension a bit, fit some 33's and replace the farm gate bullbar with just a high mount winch bar.

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29-12-11, 06:46 PM
This (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Bull-Bar-Land-Rover-Discovery-Great-Condition-/130622110019?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1e69af3943) n This (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LANDROVER-DISCOVERY-S2-TD5-40MM-IRONMAN-LIFT-KIT-/180782188629?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a17754855)

edit: Bar looks fine (unless theres something hanging below it) a Custom made bar may be your only option to improve your approach angle.

Id just go with the 2" lift and larger tyres

29-12-11, 07:36 PM
Lucky you had a winch.

29-12-11, 07:43 PM
yeaaah... funny story about the winch...

Mike Lowrrryyy
29-12-11, 07:49 PM
i think you need to post some video Jim..

29-12-11, 08:18 PM
will need the "camel cut" with 32"+ tyres. ebay has those XROX bars for D1 discos that look pretty cool.

29-12-11, 08:33 PM
Tube bender, tube cutter thingy, tube notcher thingy. Make your own tube bars, put the winch exaclty where you want it and save hundreds.

29-12-11, 08:54 PM
judging by the look at that mud and the depth of it, i reckon you would have struggled with a 4" lift, 35" muddies and lockers!

buy a 4x4 action or landrover specialist mag, they have ad's that will give you heaps of options for it.

id be going 4" lift and flares. then you can run 35's, and you wont need to replace everything all over when you decide to put patrol diffs and an LS1 in it :D

as for tubular bars, just make em yourself and you can build them to suit how you want everything

29-12-11, 09:00 PM
I can't lift it too high as it still has to tow. If I can get it high enough to fit some bigger and better suited to mud tyres I recon that'd be a big help.
Thinking a rear air locker and a lockrite for the front would be the go?
Yeah, I'm thinking making a bar might be the go.

29-12-11, 09:04 PM
35s will fuck your drivability, and definitely hurt it's towing performance.

29-12-11, 09:05 PM
Half of my offroading is on the sand dunes at Stockton so I'll be running highway tyres most of the time and stick the muddies on when we are going on camping trips or mudding.

29-12-11, 10:27 PM
yup. run 2 sets of tyres, 31/33 AT's for everything bar mud, 35's muddies for the hard stuff.

poly airs for the rear and a dropped tow bar hitch, so you can still tow shit with the 4" lift

30-12-11, 08:14 AM
2 inch suspension lift with a 2 inch bodylift, cut guards and flares and 33inch muddies is the standard method.

If you don't want to go to all that trouble, 2inch lift, Camel cut and 32s.

Talk with these guys www.lrautomotive.com.au (Les Richmond Automotive) if there's something they don't know about Land Rovers, it's not worth knowing.

Oh and a 4inch spring lift on a Disco is arse.

30-12-11, 08:29 AM
ebay has those XROX bars for D1 discos that look pretty cool.

This ^ if you cant be bothered making one these are a good bit of gear in every way.

30-12-11, 10:20 AM
Getting 33's on a disco is a pain in the arse.

My 95 disco had an 85mm spring lift (Kings springs with long travel 80 series landcruiser Bilsteins modded to fit) with LRA flares and only just had clearance with 255/85/16 BFG mud terrains on 25mm offset rims.
I lost a bit of steering lock through the tyres hitting the suspension arms and the car steered like shit at highway speeds due to the lack of castor because of the lift. I was planning on slotting the swivel ball mount bolts so I could adjust the castor to make it steer nice again.

Also with more than a 40mm body lift you start to run in to issues with manual disco's with the gear lever hitting the body and the length of the steering shaft and brake lines.

I was running a maxidrive rear locker with maxidrive axles, no rear sway bar, extended brake lines, and rear dislocation cones.
Standard axles are a weak point when you go to a locker.

A mate has a 97 TDI300 Disco on 33's and it seems to love the taller gearing, for some reason it just seems to work better. He runs a 40mm body lift with 50mm suspension lift and 33 Simex trekkers. He runs a JackMac air locker and, after breaking a few standard axles, JackMac axles. He doesn't have the long travel shocks though and still runs a rear sway bar and it seemed my V8 would get through the tough stuff a bit easier as it kept the wheels on the ground longer. In the mud though the simex's are a much better tyre but the BFG's performed well on and off road and I would definitely buy them again.

I have an ARB front locker in a complete front axle I want to sell but it might be the earlier range rover spline.
A mate has a set of Simex on offset Disco rims that he wants to sell and he also has a maxidrive locker and rear axles in a complete rear axle assembly that he might part with.

30-12-11, 04:24 PM
Thanks guys.
I'm thinking I'm probably better off selling it and buying something someone's already done all this to. Now that I don't need it for my only transport I have a few more options.

30-12-11, 06:40 PM
^ Best plan by far
I spent a fortune on mine and got fuck all back when I sold it

30-12-11, 09:22 PM
Yeah i agree. Sell this and buy defender/county with mods

30-12-11, 10:01 PM
I'd probably look at a patrol or cruiser but if a defender turned up cheap with all the gear done I'd have it.