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Old 07-03-2018, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default Value of D1 vs just axles for D90 swap

Found a 1998 D1 for sale in town, at a decent price. No specific info yet, but I'll look at it when available. Generally, is there value in the whole thing if I'm only after the axles? Anything else of value in regard to a defender? Thanks.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:04 PM   #2
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Besides the axles
- wheels
- steering box and steering components for LHD conversions (I like the Disco ball joint vs the Defender drop arm set up)
- suspension components (refinish and swap with your components)
- LT230 - if you need a 1.2 gear ratio
- engine and transmission and components could be sold on if they are decent
- some of the wiring and wiring connectors could probably be used


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Old 07-03-2018, 10:29 PM   #3
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Don’t forget to keep the ecu/wiring as well as headers Inc oxygen sensors, expansion tank, fan shroud, pas reservoir etc
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Thanks, that makes the decision easier if it works out. Just have to find the space to store it and break it down.
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When I did this with a D1 for axles I was able to get $300 for the catalytic converters at the junk yard. If you can get the truck for $1k or less you can most likely get all your money back if you are willing to hustle.
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Keep us posted if you go down this route and have time to part and sell parts. I have two kids driving D1’s and know there are parts they’ve been thinking of looking for or buying as tbd spares for safe keeping.
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I would highly recommend you drive it around for a little bit to test everything. At a minimum let it idle for an hour to see if it overheats. The block is probably worth $500 if it is good.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:42 AM   #8
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I bought this for $2000.

Runs smoother and quieter, and is cleaner than any of the 10 Rovers I've owned. It's a time warp to the 1990s.
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Just make sure you're not pulling something apart that is still good!
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It's cheap, under $1000 and does run but needs some work. He has a few discos but I think got hosed from the PO for title on this one. I'm only after the swappable stuff and if I can get a spot in my buddy's barn, I'll be happy to part it out. Appreciate all the info. I'll let you know how the visit goes.
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What are you hoping to "gain" from changing to Disco axles?
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