What cheap Upgrades can I do to my '95 Disco V8?

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What cheap Upgrades can I do to my '95 Disco V8?

Unread post by riley4b » January 10th, 2012, 6:47 pm

Hi guys I have recently purchased myself a 1995 disco v8 on gas.
It comes with a bullbar and spotlights already and a spare mount on the back.
For a suspension upgrade I'm looking at the ironman nitro gas suspension pack it is said to give me 50mm more clearance.
Is it a quality product? Has anyone had experience with it before?
Also I am an apprentice painter so the wallet is fairly thin so top of the range latest and greatest is a little out of reach.
I want budget stuff but not crap. A good cheap snorkel has been hard to find to suit the Pom bomb, anyone know of any?
Also what tyres can I fit under it without needing to play with the steering or gearing?
It is an automatic, should I be concerned about overheating issues offroad with the auto?
A sports exhaust would be a plus too so any advice?
Any other ideas on mods that wont smash the bank but would really benefit the car offroad would be awesome too.
Thank you

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Upgrade opinions for '95 Disco V8 on Gas?

Unread post by riley4b » January 11th, 2012, 11:42 am

Hi guys I have recently purchased myself a 1995 disco v8 on gas.
It comes with a bullbar and spotlights already and a spare mount on the back.
For a suspension upgrade I'm looking at the ironman nitro gas suspension pack it is said to give me 50mm more clearance.
Is it a quality product? Has anyone had experience with it before?
Also I am an apprentice painter so the wallet is fairly thin so top of the range latest and greatest is a little out of reach.
I want budget stuff but not crap. A good cheap snorkel has been hard to find to suit the Pom bomb, anyone know of any?
Also what tyres can I fit under it without needing to play with the steering or gearing?
It is an automatic, should I be concerned about overheating issues offroad with the auto?
A sports exhaust would be a plus too so any advice?
Any other ideas on mods that wont smash the bank but would really benefit the car offroad would be awesome too.
Thank you

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Re: Upgrade opinions

Unread post by Darknight » January 11th, 2012, 3:09 pm

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Re: Upgrade opinions

Unread post by riley4b » January 11th, 2012, 4:27 pm

Thanks I'll Suss it out

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Re: Upgrade opinions for '95 Disco V8 on Gas?

Unread post by cac » January 11th, 2012, 6:10 pm

riley....an oil cooler is definitely a good idea for your transmission....call it cheap insurance, as excessive heat in an auto isn't going to do it any favours....

I've seen a V8 disco on gas overheat the gearbox cos we were towing a decent load with it.....can't comment on heat build up off road for discos specifically, but have got the auto a bit hot on one of my own vehicles off road before....
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Re: Upgrade opinions for '95 Disco V8 on Gas?

Unread post by riley4b » January 11th, 2012, 6:16 pm

Thanks for the heads up onthat cac, I'll definitely get one ASAP

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Re: Upgrade opinions

Unread post by Disco_Balls » January 12th, 2012, 12:42 am

Hey mate!

Ok, tyres ... Without cutting, the biggest you can go is 235 70 16 if you intend to flex it up, I've got a pic up in another thread of my 96 disco full flexed and not much room to move between the tyre and the rear wheel arch.
Ive seen discos with 35s and huge lift, but that's just crazy talk and $$$$
32s maybe even 33s at a stretch with 2in and camel cut could see you clear, but you may need to look into some offset rims and wheel arch flares.

Suspension is always going to be a pissing contest, the best and most expensive gear is that for a reason, it's the best, but given that, there are also cheaper setups out there that will perform just as good, you just need to decide what the truck is predominantly going to be used for, i.e. towing, touring, rock climbing, constant load or just a capable basher that you wanna throw around on tough tracks on the weekend... Ultimately, the suspension you get, should be the best that you can afford, obviously.
If you want to lift the truck, it's advisable to go no more than 2in (50mm), anything beyond that and it gets quite expensive replacing trailing arms, extending brake lines etc

SNORKELS ... http://snorkels.mobile034.com/p/530978/ ... el-v8.html
They aren't ARB or TJMs Safari or Airtec snorkels nor are they priced like them! I have one on my Tdi, it does exactly what it's supposed to do, deliver air to the engine.

For your auto, regardless of what you intend to do with your truck, fit up an aftèrmarket trans cooler ASAP ... In any auto, heat is an auto transmissions worst enemy, if you don't know too much abt the trucks history, a fluid and filter change should be done, if for nothing more than piece of mind.

The V8s sound awesome with a nice exhaust system fitted, with yours being 3.9 (pretty sure), a nice flowing single 2.5in system will compliment the V8 just nicely. Shouldn't cost you a whole arm and leg, but worth it to hear that V8 on song.
Give it a service, too

Check out the A frame that links the diff to the underside of the truck, there is a ball joint right above the diff that cops some abuse, factory, they are non greasable, there is an heavy duty option available that is greaseable, but your looking at 200$+ to have one pressed out and in, the std non greasable ball joint your looking at around 120 - 130$ r&r'd

Oil leaks are characteristic with Landys, so if I don't see any oil under them, it's time to top her up ;)

Discos are very capable trucks, with a few little tweaks, they are unstoppable


Hope I helped a little bit with my rambling :purplex: :drink:
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Re: Upgrade opinions

Unread post by riley4b » January 12th, 2012, 11:19 am

Wow thank you so much that's the best response I've ever had hands down lol. I'll get onto the trans cooler straight away and I'll suss out the ball joint straight away. There is a land rover specialist I have just discovered near me I'll get it there for a major service ASAP. Well once again thank you for all your help it is hugely appreciated :)

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Re: What cheap Upgrades can I do to my '95 Disco V8?

Unread post by Gawry86 » June 24th, 2012, 11:08 pm

Hay Riley im new to this and not sure wat im doing and i probably a bit late but ill give it a crack, on the tyre side of things "Disco_Balls has hit it on the head" i have the exact same model disco and with a set of 32" micky thompsons iget some great flex with out the scrub, i also have 2.5 HT headers and 2.5in exhaust witch give it the rumble i was after,also an after market trans cooler, and a after market thermo fan might be worth looking into (cheap and easy to install) and as for the iron man shock i brought a brand new set for the back for a recent trip and all i can say is that they are good for around town lol but thats my opinion there are a heap of things u can do to your truck and dont be scared of doing it yourself thats where u save the $$$$ . hope that helped

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Re: What cheap Upgrades can I do to my '95 Disco V8?

Unread post by riley4b » June 25th, 2012, 11:57 am

Thanks gawry, my disco has a 2 inch old man emu lift, do you think 32s will fit? It's only got 225-75-16s on it now I just purchased another 2 of them recently but yeah I would not mind something bigger, I'm scared to take to my car to cut the guards because I Don't trust myself with a grinder on a car lol.

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Re: What cheap Upgrades can I do to my '95 Disco V8?

Unread post by 94disco » July 26th, 2012, 12:31 am

riley4b wrote:Thanks gawry, my disco has a 2 inch old man emu lift, do you think 32s will fit? It's only got 225-75-16s on it
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I went to Ant at Coffs Harbour 4X4 with the question, tyres and rims?, for a 94 Disco.
Bought new steel rims, 15inch, and M/T 30x9.5x15 ATV 5 rib, drives like a dream.

Personally I think recovery gear is money well spent, then worry about tyres.

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Re: What cheap Upgrades can I do to my '95 Disco V8?

Unread post by 1996Disco » August 15th, 2012, 11:20 pm

i run 265-75x16 on the std disco alloys and only hit sometimes at full flex, with a 2" king spring lift, but admitted it doesn't do the guards any good

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Re: What cheap Upgrades can I do to my '95 Disco V8?

Unread post by Zen_Section8 » September 19th, 2012, 11:45 am

I got a disco with 2' Lift and 33'MTZ's Scrape a little on full flex, but serviceable, nothing too bad. 33's on standard ride hight defiantly not recommended. Best mod I can think of, not that its a mod, Go over all your electrics, Only problems and of my old discos gave me was wireing.
1991 Land Rover Discovery V8 5Spd
- 2in EFS Lift
- 33in MT MTZ's
- TJM Winch bar
- Iron Man 12,000lbs Winch
- Piranah Dual Battery system
- ARB Rear Air Locker

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