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: Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Calm down dear, it was only a question!!! Shocked

Sorry if my use of attention getting headers in order to get some simple advice upsets you.......but it worked!! (I mean I got some useful advice, not that I upset you Wink )
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
LOL
good stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Do I recall they're made of leather?

If so, in answer to the preservation question, a friend has used Petroleum jelly effectively to preserve leather. Speaking to friends in the trade, someting like a saddle soap would be more suitable, but the Petroleum jelly worked incredibly well. This also works for the front swivel gaitors.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
lowcatjo wrote:
Do I recall they're made of leather?


No, canvas Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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No, canvas


In that case paint a nice picture on them using oil paint.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
As already said, the straps are designed to protect the shocks and brake pipes from over-extension.

If your straps are original, they will probably have rotted and if they are tested by axle articulation, they will break - no use at all!

In reality, if your leaf springs are getting on, the rust on them will stop the axle over-extending, and so the straps will do nothing.

If you have parabolics or new springs, the straps may limit the articulation but protect the shocks / brake pipes. If you fit longer travel shocks and longer brake pipe flexis, this will probably solve the problem on axle articulation, but the propshaft may split if both springs are over-extended at the same time if the front axle bounces into the air.

In 22 years of Land Rover Series ownership with standard shocks and springs, I have never had the straps fitted, and never had a problem with MoTs. I used to trial in AWDC and local Land Rover Club RTV trials and never had a problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for that - nice answer! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nah took mine off when i realised they had held tons of crud and rotted out the chassis rails!

Never refitted since i fitted paras and procomps to it.
They have those internal bump stop thingies as well.
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