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I'm about to fork out for a new release bearing and clutch for my defender 90, I'm going for a single mass billet flywheel and heavy duty clutch from Rakeway. While the lot is in parts I thought I might also go for an Ashcroft rebuilt box ( my present box is not the sweetest 90 I've ever changed gear with .... ).

There is a good price on exchange and fit with one of Ashcrofts recommended garages.. does anyone have any experience they can share, I'd appreciate a little help now rather than find out the hard way later.

Thanks in anticipation

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I'm about to fork out for a new release bearing and clutch for my defender 90, I'm going for a single mass billet flywheel and heavy duty clutch from Rakeway. While the lot is in parts I thought I might also go for an Ashcroft rebuilt box ( my present box is not the sweetest 90 I've ever changed gear with .... ).

There is a good price on exchange and fit with one of Ashcrofts recommended garages.. does anyone have any experience they can share, I'd appreciate a little help now rather than find out the hard way later.

Thanks in anticipation

Have an Ashcroft transfer and gearbox which have been in for 5 years and both still going strong. A few leaks and a lose grub screw (which was sorted easily enough)are the only problems I've had.

Mark

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I'm not to happy with my Ashcroft units, the main LT77 is fine, no problems but the LT230 supplied does have a very bad oil leak on the intermediate shaft.

Have they offered to do anything about it/refund at all?

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the best thing about a forum like this is the chance to air any concerns / experience for the benefit of all the members.

I haven't the time to take a chance on a dodgy fit, ( my vehicle gets me to work, if I don't work I don't get paid .... ) so a good recommendation is always appreciated !

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I know its a pain cos you are phoning from abroad, but try giving them a ring perhaps? I find that emails are often overlooked. I had a slight problem with my recon LT77 - wouldnt engage reverse. They booked it in to one of their fitters soon after i had fitted the box myself and the problem was sorted with a new plunger mechanism. I got the impression that if i wasnt local, they would have allowed me to use any garage they had approved.

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They replied to my email but not to my question on the intermediate shaft, I did buy the box in 2006, only fitted it in 2007 and the leaking started to become very bad early last year. Mileage of the box at this stage +/- 18.000 but the leakage started somewhere around the 10.000 miles mark. It took me a while to find out where the oil was coming from.....

Anyway the bottom line is that they are a respectable company with a good track record but also delivering units which are not as perfect as they should be.

Quote: http://forums.lr4x4....opic=48673&st=0

A tip for the intermediate shaft that I came across via a magazine photo coverage of Ashcrofts changing the ratio of the transfer case: they replace the o ring on the shaft then run silicone sealant on the shaft and the hole in the casing. It's a bit belt and braces but when I get down to the rebuild I will follow their advice.
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