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I can find 2 ton land rover bottle jacks, are these not good enough? how much do these girls weigh? I don,t plan on lifting the whole truck with one anyway.

They're the ones you want.

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As a rule call it 2.5 tons total. Some are heavier, some are lighter. My 88 is only 1500Kg, but the later Disco's are 2.8 I believe?

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My reasons for suggesting a 3t trolley jack are not about lift rating but a) large dished pad -often with rubber anti-slip insert b) larger wheels/castors = easier to move around c) wider track and wheelbase so much more stable d) long handle fixed into pump lever inc. lower function so much easier to position and raise/lower and e) often have a quick raise function until under load .

I have the std Disco 2stage bottle jack in the LR , but gave up with little trolley jacks a long while ago .

What ever you use be safe and take your time

cheers

Steveb

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Thanks all, i remembered i have a 2 tonne trolley jack, got it from a garage sale a year or so back, never used it and was buried behind a load of building materials. Googled the make but its not a great one i dont think, cheap chinese build. Master Mecanic. Yes i meant to drop the "H" from mechanic as thats what is on the label.

Ordered some 3 tonne ratchet axle stands from here: http://www.autosessive.com/products/61957/axle-stands-pair-3tonne-capacity-per-stand-ratchet-type

Not known for being a risk taker so i will be very careful when using this kit. The good thing with defenders is they have good clearance without jacks. I will use axle stands, ill stick 1 behind the other as a backup and a jack and lay a wheel down, not going to get squashed by my pride and joy!

I will look out for a LR 2 tonne bottle jack and may treat myself to the ones on ebay if they are still there end of feb.

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So my oils and grease has turned up, just didnt fancy doing any changes today with the wind blowing so hard. Didnt fancy an oily driveway!

The pump i got from Smith and Allen looks good. I was going to go for a hoselok sprayer but im a sucker for tools, any excuse to buy new kit i do it! I think me and all the local couriers are on first name basis now! :i-m_so_happy:

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So i finally got my front and rear diff oil changed.

Also managed the transfer box with my new pump courtesy of Smith and Allen, very handy pit of kit for a job like that!

Gearbox wasn't so easy i don't have a socket big enough for the drain plug, its huge! :wacko: However, i did check the oil in here and its nice and full so good there doesn't seem to be any leaks.

The transfer box wasn't so full when i opened the fill plug! i seem to have a considerable leak here. :excl:

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The big drain plug is the fifth gear housing and has a particle filter in it. The main drain plug is in front of that and is smaller. The big plug can be a right illegitimate mail progeny of a lady who sells her body for money/booze/drugs. It's easy to cross thread and to over-tighten and damage threads

I only do it every three changes

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Hi all, not been on for a while, turns out having children and building extensions takes a lot of time up! :o:o

Resurrecting my old post and following on from the last thing i said, need to change the gearbox oil!

Honitonhobbit, you advised that the large drain plug i was referring to was in fact not the drain plug at all. Problem is, i will be damned if i can see anything else in that area that resembles a drain plug. :unsure:

So i took a photo to see if someone can clarify what i am looking at.

Gearbox Plugs

M

PS. not sure what happened to my supporting member avatar, money is leaving my account.. :huh:

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according to my manuals [genuine LR] that lower one is the drain plug on LT77 gearbox

& same on R380



PS. not sure what happened to my supporting member avatar, money is leaving my account..

PM Hybrid from hell, stating your real name & username, he's our treasurer & can sort it out

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i found this nice guide that shows the information needed for the LT77 Gearbox, there is a filter plug as well.

https://www.landroverexpedition.com/technical/lt77-gearbox-oil-change/

Also for my own reference and others that are reading this post for info, here is another post on this forum detailing the washers and where to get them.

http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=52355

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A great thread, and although I've been doing most of my own servicing for the last 22 years I still found it refreshing and helpful.  Many thanks, Suffolk Defender, for your perseverance in chasing down the answers to your questions.  As you will have found, there is a wealth of technical info on this forum.  Hope you continue to enjoy your Landy.

Mike

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