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Message posted by millermicm15/11/2010 at 8:26am
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For all you land rover fans there is an interesting article about the new 2wd & 4wd

http://uk.autoblog.com/2010/11/04/land-rover-freelander-2wd-the-best-4x2xfar/?icid=main|uk|dl5|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fuk.autoblog.com%2F2010%2F11%2F04%2Fland-rover-freelander-2wd-the-best-4x2xfar%2F

 

 


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Can't see the point in having a 2WD SUV if towing. Alright for school runs I suppose!

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Message posted by snifferg15/11/2010 at 6:44pm
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My 'V' reg Freelander is already 2WD - I've removed the VCU & propshaft!

Message posted by LlaniDavis15/11/2010 at 8:57pm
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I hope you've told your insurance company of this modification to your Freelander. Several people in the FL Club found that they were not allowed to do it.

Message posted by strax17/11/2010 at 9:36am
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My original Series II Landy had free-wheeling hubs, so you could choose whter 2 or 4WD.

Strange that, with all the technology loaded into modern cars, and particularly the ones from Solihull (?) this doesn't happen automatically these days..after all, they can turn the negine on and off automatically....puzzled


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Message posted by 664DaveS17/11/2010 at 10:52am
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We used to have Fronteras, they were 4WD on demand-as are some Sorentos. Useful to have.

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Message posted by fortracfan17/11/2010 at 5:54pm
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Quote: Originally posted by snifferg on 15/11/2010
My 'V' reg Freelander is already 2WD - I've removed the VCU & propshaft!
Does it pass MOT with it removed? I've often thought about doing the same but figured it might fail MOT.

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Message posted by 664DaveS18/11/2010 at 8:56am
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Its quite common on early freebies due to failure of IRD box or whatever its called! Look on Landie forums!

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Message posted by freeatlast18/11/2010 at 12:03pm
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Quote: Originally posted by strax on 17/11/2010

My original Series II Landy had free-wheeling hubs, so you could choose whter 2 or 4WD.

Strange that, with all the technology loaded into modern cars, and particularly the ones from Solihull (?) this doesn't happen automatically these days..after all, they can turn the negine on and off automatically....puzzled




Gosh don't all 4x4s have the ability to run in 2 or 4 wheel drive? It appears I've been spoiled by the reliable Asian offerings.



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I hope it doesnt affect the mot! We converted ours due to the IRD failing. We read all sorts of reviews and found this was the best remedy. Our mot is due next month! We're not sure if the insurance and dvla should be informed too as it states on the log book 4wheel drive! Does anyone know if we are obliged to inform? Also we are looking to sell it on now and are nervous as to how much we might lose in value.

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Message posted by timtheenchanter13/1/2011 at 12:14pm
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Quote: Originally posted by freeatlast on 18/11/2010
Gosh don't all 4x4s have the ability to run in 2 or 4 wheel drive? It appears I've been spoiled by the reliable Asian offerings.



Yes and no, depends on the 4x4.

the most common (at least it was) is not true 2WD as the half shafts and drive shaft are still attached to the non driving wheels, and only disconnected from drive at the transfer box.

landrover (on the proper ones) you could have freewheeling hubs, which was essentially a dog clutch in the hub turned by a spanner to disengage the wheels from the halfshaft, thus reducing the drag caused by turning the extra drivetrain.

AFAIK, most 4x4s do not disengage the hubs, only the transfer box, so the drag form the non-driving drivetrain is still there, reducing economy.

you could get an extra 2-3mpg out of the freewheeling hubs on a landy...

 

not sure if I could stomach the shame of a non-4x4 suv if i got stuck on a site.

can you pull me out??.... dont you have a freelander?... yes, but its only 2WD....

Wouldnt think it would affect the MOT, not sure about the DVLA, but imo insurance should be informed as its a modification, I wouldnt think it would affect the premium, but could be used as a get out in a claim.



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Message posted by mattlad13/1/2011 at 1:32pm
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Quote: Originally posted by fortracfan on 17/11/2010
Quote: Originally posted by snifferg on 15/11/2010
My 'V' reg Freelander is already 2WD - I've removed the VCU & propshaft!
Does it pass MOT with it removed? I've often thought about doing the same but figured it might fail MOT.


It won't make any difference to the MOT.


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Hi,

Series Land Rovers are PART TIME 4x4, Discos etc are FULL TIME. If you remove the front (or rear) prop from a full-time system, you will need to lock-up the centre diff. I once destroyed my rear diff on a Series 2 Landy (would you believe it caught fire?) I had to remove the rear prop and half-shafts, drive home in front wheel drive .... towing a caravan ..... from France.

I had to remove a totally knackered front prop from a Series Landy, to get it through its MOT. The tester claimed it was part of the steering. I'm not sure he was right, but politic not to argue.

I always thought that a 4x2 Discovery would have made a good replacement for the old 7-seat Montego estate. Of course, it would need to have front wheel drive and 14" wheels, so you could tell the difference between his and hers.

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