Axle Straps - Love 'em or Hate 'em??
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Fit axle straps to Series 3 for off-road use?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:52 am    Post subject: Axle Straps - Love 'em or Hate 'em?? Reply with quote
When my S3 was rebuilt the axle straps were not re-fitted. As my use to date has been exclusively on-road I have never really thought about this.

However, with the posh truck now up and running for my weekly trip south, I am planning a bit of green lane / off-road use.

Should the straps be fitted??

I have asked 2 people so far. One said "yes" to restrict axle movement and protect the springs (parabolics) and, naturally, the other said "no" to give maximum articulation!

So, my learned friends, what to do?? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Havn`t got any fitted. When I changed springs it lifted the body a couple of inches so straps wouldn`t fit anymore !
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think that was why mine weren't refitted - the parabolics naturally lift the body more than standard springs - but longer straps could be manufactured.......
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: Axle Straps - Love 'em or Hate 'em?? Reply with quote
Arctic Rose wrote:
the other said "no" to give maximum articulation!



I think you may have the answer already Very Happy

Depends of course what you use your vehicle for ? and how much off roading do you do Question
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
'parently straps protect yer shocks from over extension and....this is the worrying bit...brake hose.

Haven't got any fitted on mine but I do worry about it from time to time. Brakes aren't exactly brilliant anyway without springing a leak.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ah so thats what those broken dangly things are on the bottom of my landy Shocked





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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Axle Straps - Love 'em or Hate 'em?? Reply with quote
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[Depends of course what you use your vehicle for ? and how much off roading do you do Question


Now I don't wholly rely on the S3 for my weekly M40 expeditions I plan to use her for MUCH more off-roading, but not of the EXTREME sort. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
In that case I would leave them off, as I have Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The MOT man failed mine for no straps on the rear axle (among other things!) last time round. Easy to fit and haven't noticed any difference when offroading. Maybe I'm not trying hard enough Laughing


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I would always have them fitted. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
There, there they stop the back axel moveing in ways it was not sposed to... they dangle there only 2 bolts and cost naf all seen as Land Rover recon it needs them I keep them maintained...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Since the parabolics were fitted to mine I have not refitted them, the brake hoses appear to be long enough, and the shocks I have apparently have an internal stop to prevemnt damage. I have had no problems, and much better articulation than before. It's an individual thing i think. The LR has never failed the MoT for lack of them either.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have some gas monroe shocks I think your right duel damping gas shocks often have an internal stop..
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hmmm... I've just got some straps to fit on the back. Does anyone know if you can soak them in anything oily or greasy to preserve them a bit and stop them rusting the strap hangers and bolts??

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mine have been on there 10years since the rebiuld they have been though hell...
there too bits of material bolted to the bottom of your landy... whats too love or hate???
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