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Old 18-02-16, 08:56 AM   #11
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[QUOTE='A' Lister;364355]Out-corner a Mini? With or without a bag of cement, how many times did a Hillman Imp win the Monte Carlo Rally?

We had 2 Imps and a Mini. Providing there was a bit of weight in the front the Imps were great to drive and once the cooling problems were sorted the engines were really good (blocked radiators on both imps with leaves and dirt). The Imp was a relatively easy car to work on. The Mini was a sod to work on the heavy engine (access mainly) but if you were in what we called a deep sh1t scenario the Mini won hands down. More than once I just poured on the power and the FWD got us out of the problem such as a ditch. Both good cars and fun to drive in their day.

Incidentally the small Austin 7 fabric flexible coupling could also be used.
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Old 18-02-16, 09:15 AM   #12
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If it was fitted to the rear axle of a Discovery, yes, but it's my spare that I carry so it doesn't matter how they are fitted.

There is also a specific way they fit the vehicle, anyone know how it goes on?

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avoid the aftermarket ones of 12-20 or so, they are not nearly good enough for any purpose, the rubber decays too quick. The genuine ones that retail around the 40 mark are much better, luckily, as my D1 is still on standard suspension, the prop and diff still actively engage into one another so the prop didn't fly off when the doughnut failed.

The doughnut needs with the thick/strong section between the paired drive web and driven web, though in reality with load reversal on overrun, the advantage is marginal.

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Old 18-02-16, 09:51 AM   #13
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We have used the heavy-duty GKN ones that sell on ebay, they are genuine GKN but need longer bolts than standard, the one in the picture is this type.

When fitting, the pads should be under compression when driving and under tension on the overrun. Easy to get that wrong and cause early failure.

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Old 18-02-16, 11:46 AM   #14
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If it's anything like the Discovery 3, then the manual probably suggests removing the vehicle body to gain access to fit it!

I forget the real answer, but recall it's to prevent vibration due to getting things out of balance. Is it that it has to be fitted the right way round in line with the drive shaft couplings?

Edit: Oops... didn't see page 2! I was wrong as well!
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Old 18-02-16, 11:51 AM   #15
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Discovery 3 and 4 are so completely out of my maintenance comfort zone that I would never buy one.

See my post above yours re the fitting. A lot of people fit the unstrengthened portion between the drive and axle, that fails pretty quickly.

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Old 18-02-16, 12:13 PM   #16
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Fortunately, I know a good independent LR specialist so leave the servicing to them. It's not too painful if you keep on top of things, but as someone once said, when it comes to cars you can't expect to run a Rolls Royce for Mini money!

I had a suspension fault warning come up on the dashboard a couple of months ago, took it in but they couldn't trace the fault and it was behaving itself fine whilst plugged in to the laptop analyser. It seemed to only happen when we had a dry spell of weather, so didn't re-occur for several weeks (due to rain almost every day!). When it finally did, I booked it in and fortunately the fault warning happened again on the way to the garage.

Two hours later it had been traced and fixed, luckily it was just a faulty height sensor on one corner, so only 150 + VAT... which is about the cheapest suspension repair you'll get on a D3! The air pump is over 500 if that packs up, and that's before fitting and VAT!

Still, having driven a 300 TDI D1 for 130k miles as my previous car, I'll stick with my D3 when it comes to ride comfort, performance and handling, it's in a different league. With servicing just once a year (instead of twice a year for the mileage I do) it doesn't compare too unfavourably in terms of running costs either.
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Old 21-02-16, 10:13 AM   #17
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I am just putting a transit van engine and gearbox into my dumper. I have coupled the transit engine to the dumper using a 6 bolt rubber donut from a late Volvo 940. I think a transit, Volvo 940 and other vehicles all use the same thing
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