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Install Panhard And Steering Rods On Your Discovery Series II
Outfitting a Discovery Series II for Off-Road, Part Five (Extra)
Watch Doug, our Land Rover Master Technician, in Part Five (Extra) of our video how-to series, as he removes and replaces the standard panhard rod and steering rod assemblies on our project D2. Doug then upgrades with and installs Terrafirma all-steel, heavy-duty models, designed to withstand the stresses of off-roading. Questions about this video? Call us at 1-800-533-2210 or contact us via live chat.
Outfitting a Land Rover Discovery Series II for Off-Road
Hello. I'm Eric, a sales rep here at Atlantic British. Today we're going to talk about building up a Discovery 2 into an off road vehicle. They've gotten really affordable now. You can pick up a D2 for $3,500 to $5,000, put 3, 4, 5 thousand dollars into it and have a very good off road vehicle. This one we picked up a couple years ago. We've been driving it around, using it as a test mule. So now we're going to build it up into an off road truck. With Doug's help, we're going to put suspension, front and rear bumpers and then slowly build it up into a lifestyle truck. We'll have videos that will show Doug doing each process, and we'll post those as time goes on. This truck's in good shape. It's very straight for the year and we've had it for a few years as I've said. So stayed tuned and we'll have more information as time goes on.
Part Five (Extra):Installing Panhard Rod Assembly / Steering Rod with Draglink Part # TF254 or TF256 / Part # TF255
Hi I'm Doug. Your tech support representative here at Atlantic British. And welcome back to Project D2. So we've done enough where we've looked at body protection, where we've added the steel bumpers and rock sliders and what not, but now we're going to look at protecting some of the components underneath. Probably one of the most important is going to be steering rods. Now you'll notice that the original equipment rods are pretty well exposed. Both the panhard rod and the draglink and then your steering rod underneath. You catch a rock or a good size log or what not, it'll put a severe bend in one of those, and now your tires are pointing in and out, you are probably going to need a tow truck to get home. So what we want to do is we want to strengthen those areas as well to minimize any damage to the front end. So we're going to do that be installing the Terrafirma panhard rod, and the draglink and steering rods. Now the draglink and the steering rods come together as a kit, part number TF255, and what you get is both those pieces along with a universal bracket that bolts on for the steering damper. The panhard rod. Now you have to make sure that you order that proper one. On the Discovery 2's the TF254 is going to fit 1999 to 2002, and the TF256 is going to be for 2003 and 2004. There's slight differences so you don't want to get those mixed up. So, you'll notice that these are considerably heavier in size. Not only that the panhard rod can be adjusted so that can actually change the position of your front axle. So keep in mind that after installing these, it is strongly recommended you bring the vehicle down to an alignment shop and have them do a tow set on the vehicle so that your tires are properly aligned and so you get good tire wear. So, this is what you're going to need to stiffen it up, and I'm going to show you how to install it.
And again when you go to turn the nuts in, these are a nylon lock nut. So when you go to run the nut in, we're going to put a bar over the top of this and put some pressure on it so that the tapered fitting on the tire rod sits in to the knuckle, gives it a good tight fit. And we'll have a good chance of the tie rod not spinning around. Alright, so, what we've done now is we've got the back steering rod installed, the nuts are tightened down, like I say we have adjusted it so that the length was as close as possible to the one that we took out of there. And then just take an inch and sixteenth wrench and lock down on the 2 nuts that will hold this rod from spinning. And just snug it. You don't have to make them super tight. And again I'm just going to reiterate you got it as close as possible, but it's still advisable, take this to an alignment shop. Have them do the toe set. Have them center the front axle. You'll end up with a lot better tire wear, a lot better handling. So when you're ready to beef up the steering on your D2 Project, just give any of our knowledgeable salesmen a call at 1-800-533-2210. And thanks for watching.
Applies To These Models:
Discovery Series II | '99-'04
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