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Hi all.

First post and am hoping for some help.

I have a 199 Disco 2 TD5 with 142000 miles on the clock. Have had it since 34000 miles and to be honest, has been remarkably reliable and rides pretty well as long as I don't stress it too much.

In a previous life, I had a Shogun for a few years and as a treat to my kids, I would drive down a local road, taking a series of speed bumps at 70 mph and the Shogun, sort of, floated over them.

I know this was politically incorrect and driving like a hooligan but it was a laugh and the car seemed to be able to handle it.

I would never even consider doing this in the Disco and this is where help is needed. These same speed bumps, taken at anything over 20mph in the Disco feels like the suspension is about to break through the bodywork. The bloody thing bangs and crashes and has forced me to be good but I fear that with the mileage I have, the suspension may well be shagged anyway so what I need to know is what to replace and with what.

I only use the Disco on the road with occasional gravel roads so do not need anything either flash or hardcore, just a decent road setup. If I put the car into the local dealer with this question, they will surely find a way of relieving me of thousands of pounds, possibly unwarranted.

How long should the front shocks last? Both rear airbags were replaced at around 100,000 miles as I found myself hanging to the left whenever I left for work!!

Steering has become somewhat vague over the years so will the front end bushes need replacing.

Apparently I am pretty gentle with the old girl as am still on the original clutch and only replaced the original brake discs at 120000 miles.

All,advice greatly appreciated.

Gary

Bracknell, Berkshire, England

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I would think most of the suspension could do with attention at that mileage but any live axle will crash if you whack it over a speed bump. I think your memories of the shogun may be a bit rose tinted as last time I drove one I thought the ride was bloody awful!!

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In a previous life, I had a Shogun for a few years and as a treat to my kids, I would drive down a local road, taking a series of speed bumps at 70 mph and the Shogun, sort of, floated over them.

I know this was politically incorrect and driving like a hooligan but it was a laugh and the car seemed to be able to handle it.

I would never even consider doing this in the Disco and this is where help is needed.

Sorry, I don't want to help someone to do 70mph in a 30mph zone!

I do find the opposite with my D2 though. Quite firm at slow speeds (ie 5mph over speed bumps) but softens at higher speeds (say 30mph over the same bumps).

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i;ve driven the td5 and v8 disco 2 and the front springs on the td5 is much firmer, much much firmer.

with ACE fitted as well, i find our td5 quite 'crashy' at the front end on pot holes and speed bumps and remains like that until you get up to some good speed and then it seems to float over the bumps better. Back end is on airbags and glides over bumps brilliantly at any speed.

At that mileage i would say the bushes and shocks need a good looking over, along with track rod ends on the steering. Shouldnt cost much for your local LR specialist independant to replace them. It will transform a soggy motor into being new and crisp again. But it wont sort your crashy front end if its a td5.

If i had the time, money and inclination (i dont drive my td5 everyday, its the handbags so i dont care) i would do an experiment with changing the front springs to V8 springs and add a spacer to regain the ride height and see how it handled. It would probably be a bit too soft with the extra engine weight, but i reckon the ACE would sort most of that out for cornering.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks guys for the reply.

Didn't respond sooner as system wasn't set up to advise me of any responses. Now is

That Shogun would lean so far over on corners I could graze my elbow but the suspension was super plush.

My Disco has the 18 inchers with 255/55 tyres whereas the Shogun had something like truck tires on it, 235/85 or suchlike.

Anyway, I plan to keep the old girl and will probably get a mechanic to swap over dampers and get new springs for the front.

I'll ask for a price to swap out bushings as the steering is more vague than I ever remember it but pumping up the tyres made a huge difference.

It wasn't as if I drove around like a lunatic all the time, just using the Shogun as a point of comparison as the only other LR I've driven are the wife's Freelander or the mechanics Rangerover which was a 1996 plate if I remember.

I've posted another request for help/advice as she's now a non runner after replacing the EFI loom ( oil in wire ). A separate post will come up after the moderator has had a look.

Bloody thing but I've owned it for 8 years and nothing else out there floats by boat.

Gary Birdsey

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I'd say at that age the dampers are a distant memory, OEM ones would still give you a massive improvement. Bushes will be soft but that doesn't always mean a more comfy ride, probably worth some new ones at some point.

Perhaps worth remembering the bitsamisin' had IFS not a beam axle which takes more controlling on the road, I'd expect the shotgun to ride better TBH, also don't they have big floaty tyres on 15" rims?

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That Shogun did indeed have balloon tyres on 15 inch rims which probably accounted for the ride over bumps but my Disco would kick it's arse as soon as any corners were thrown into the mix.

I've just had it serviced here in Bracknell and will hopefully have new shocks and front springs fitted next week in half term when I can nick the wife's car. I'd have a go myself but I live on a slope, have no axle stands so probably best to let the guys with the equipment do the job.

As my original post said, I'm after a reasonable road setup so what shocks are the best value and by that I mean, will last, are good quality and offer a decent ride. I'm not interested in the finest man can make, just a reasonable set for the old girlfor road use.

As before, all advice greatly received.

Gary

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OEM did the job fine for a long time, so will they do the job again?

My sister has Monroe on her air sprung softie, they are really great and quite cheap conpared to procomp or decarbon, both of which I have used and like, there's terrafirmer and OME. You pays your money and takes your choice.

I wouldn't recomend Britpart, I don't like the ride quality.

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