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I have a 2001 1.8 GS.Now that better weather is on its way i have been told to get better MPG,I could convert it to 2 WD and fit a blanking plate,reverting back in winter.Has anyone done this please.

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Can't see the point in owning an AWD vehicle only to make it 2wd with no ability to use the 4wd without a workshop and tools.

Plus the amount of fuel saving difference you'll see is likely very minimal.

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Chap in our Model Engineering club has a Freelander 1, he was told the same. It was only off for a day or two, the drive was terrible with it off. Personally, I fail to see the point in removing it.

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unless you are going to remove the rear drive shafts as well, i don't see how you will get any sort of improvement

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You don't need a blanking plate, just unbolt the propshaft & VCU. There's hardly any noticeable MPG saving unless your VCU was already seized up, in which case removing it will prevent it from breaking your IRD & rear diff.

It will be fine, although it will suck pulling away quickly (wheelspin), won't handle as nicely, and will wear out the engine / gearbox mount bushes quickly. And if you ever take it off-road or in the snow etc. you'll feel like a complete tit. Also you should probably notify your insurance company.

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If you look on the bay, they have a habit of being offered as 2wd, as the viscous coupling seized up, and it was to expensive to fix it properly. I saw an online guide of a guy who removed everything, including the rr shafts and diff. He fitted the outside cv cages back to the hubs to stop the wheels falling off. If you don't strictly need 4wd, and you can't swallow an expensive repair, its not a bad solution I think.

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I run a td4 in 2wd mode, just took the prop and viscous off, as i use it as a runabout , so want max mileage , it does save about 4mpg .

Haven't noticed any wheel grip issues, (its an auto) , and it handles just fine . If I need 4wd eg in snow etc , i just use another vehicle.

If you want 4wd it takes about 30/45mins to fit the prop and viscous back on . JMHE

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id leave it as 4wd cant see the point in having a 4x4 converting to 2wd no real saving the ones converted to 2wd are usualy the ones with prop viscous problems hence why its removed

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When I disconnected the prop on our L-series for a few days while we waited for parts, I hated it. It was horrible pulling away, felt very unbalanced and not the fun it had been previously.

It was probably emphasised by the fact it is a Camel Trophy model with all the extra weight, but overall it was an off putting experience and something I would avoid again.

Cheers

Blippie

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