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Old 24 February 2008, 15:45   #11
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Have to agree with Codders on this one. Beam axles are a good all round system. One one wheel goes up the other side goes down by the same amount and providing you have locking front hubs and rear dif. you always have 3 driving wheels on the ground. It is a heavier system though but is not significant on my 3/4 ton Surburban.

Yes but I am talking standerd cars here. If you want to go the modified route even better
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Old 24 February 2008, 15:52   #12
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Yes but I am talking standerd cars here. If you want to go the modified route even better
Mine is standard, not modified. Agreed the locking dif. is an option but at least 50% of 4x4's are sold with it.
There are situations where all round inde. suspension can leave you "hanging" on two diagonaly apposed wheels.
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The RRS has a proper chassis and an integrated body frame bolted to it.

The tow hitch assy is either a plug in QR type or fixed multi height. Either way it uses the same fixing for both.

Under what circumstances did the chassis bend???

Codders, beam axles are so last century. Bet I can get a standerd Discovery 3 further than your D2 / Defender
I doubt that very much. Remember a Defender now has traction control. I can get my knee under the sill of a Defender - no chance on a Disco of any description!!!

Watch extreme rock crawling and you will see why solid axles are still king.........
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For serious towing "off-road" you need a properly articulating vehicle/trailer hitch..like wot dem ham-fisted Squaddies use....then you can really abuse yer truck
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For serious towing "off-road" you need a properly articulating vehicle/trailer hitch..like wot dem ham-fisted Squaddies use....then you can really abuse yer truck
That will be a NATO hitch then
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Yup they are great when a VW Golf slams into you as well..........
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Is it one of these 'demountable' towing brackets ?, cos if it is, this may be why the load restriction is placed on it, I have a feeling they are ok in a straight line, but once you start towing heavy loads with them at odd angles, the forces on the ball will exceed the capacity of the structure somehow. I have one, on my X5 and looked at it in wonder, at how it deals with the loads placed upon it!! as it is basically a U shaped one piece unit, meaning the ball is 6 inches or so from the chassis it slots into
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Yup they are great when a VW Golf slams into you as well..........
Or a Mitsubishi Shogun Sport - a couple of years ago I stopped quickly at a junction, bit of a crunch and the Discovery shuddered. Got out for a look to see a Mitsubishi with a six inch hole right through its front bumper and bits of plastic hanging off - not a mark on the Discovery at all - my NATO hitch sticks out quite a long way. Guy was full of apologies which weren't needed as I was PMSL at the complete lack of damage to my vehicle considering the state of the front of his
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Or a Mitsubishi Shogun Sport - a couple of years ago I stopped quickly at a junction, bit of a crunch and the Discovery shuddered. Got out for a look to see a Mitsubishi with a six inch hole right through its front bumper and bits of plastic hanging off - not a mark on the Discovery at all - my NATO hitch sticks out quite a long way. Guy was full of apologies which weren't needed as I was PMSL at the complete lack of damage to my vehicle considering the state of the front of his
Did he have to fly 2000 miles to get it fixed
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I didn't know they had a proper chassis any more - thought it was just a subframe???
The Range Rover Sport is simply a Disco 3/4 with a different body. It's a monocoque shell on top of a seperate chassis. It's the Range Rover (as launched by BMW) that's the monocoque with subframes.

I understand the various comments about live axles and wheel articulation...however, in modern 4X4 thinking there is more to wheel articulation and grip than just the brawn of live axles. Electronics play such a large part that when coupled with the flexibility of independant air springs all new avenues of ability are opened

Just picked up a 3 litre diesel auto Disco 4...a great step forward over the Disco 3. Acceleration is now strong, refinement is much better, fuel economy looks slightly better and the interior is in a completely different up market world. At the moment though I prefer the nose/grille treatment of the Disco 3. Lots of nice new features like reversing cameras too..makes trailer coupling much easier
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