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Has anyone tried replacing the engine in a Freelander with a longitudinal type - and replaced the front diff, built in to the gearbox, with a regular one - perhaps a rear diff?

Since they are both independent, it's likely that the drives to the front and rear hubs are similar.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Why, I hear you ask? I want to put an electric traction motor into a Freelander. If I was happy with rear wheel drive only, the job would be easy - just connect motor to in-line gearbox, to rear diff. However, my plan is to make something with selectable 4WD, probably using a Suzuki manual gearbox and transfer box.

Hence I would need to replace the front diff with something!

Any ideas would be good - no matter how daft!

Si

P.S. I'm also looking for a tidy 3 door convertible Freelander minus engine and box for the conversion - if any of you want a bit more space in your drive!

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I'm about to sell a 5 door - let me know if you're interested as it'll save me finishing the head gasket replacement!

Al

What sort of cost? I'll consider anything at the moment!

Si

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Can't offer much advice but would point out that the diffs in a normal permanent 4WD freelander have slightly different ratios although if you are going for selectable 2/4WD it probably doesn't matter.

Also you will need to have an interesting conversation with your insurance company (and possibly the DVLA)

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Doing away with that might make the tyres last longer though :)

It was my plan to put the same ratio in front and back. Differing ratios and a VC is a nasty way of achieving torque biasing between front and rear IMHO.

Since it will be selectable 4WD with no central diff, this is even more important.

I can't find any reference to anyone doing this - surprising really. If I can't make it work - it will just become rear wheel drive.

Si

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