Re: stage 1 diffs
> I am now the proud owner of a STAGE 1 SAFARI ( I think that's what
> it is, it says 109 on the log book but has a defender like front, can
> anyone clear this up for me ??) :-)))))))) , it has had a good bit of
> work done to the running gear but the body is a bit duff , so lots of
> work to do on it . the previous owner has replaced the v8 with a
> Perkins 3.3 diesel and change the gear box to a range rover 4 speed
> manual , it has the original axles and diffs in and feels like it could
> do with another gear when it blating along the motorway at 65 . as I
> have a set of rangy diffs I was wondering if 1 would they fit ? 2 if
> they did would this improve the top end ? or should I replace both
> axles with range rover ones . next question is has anyone fitted a
> power steering setup from a range rover to one of these ????
> Thanks in advance fro your replies
See Richard's reply. The Stage 1 had the same gearbox and drive system as
the Range Rover, but its own axles. The transfer gear high ratio is
unsuitable for that engine - you would do better with the one fitted to the
Australian Isuzu engined Stage 1 and 110 - sorry, I don't have part
numbers. You could possibly fit a Range Rover overdrive - it would fit,
but may not stand up to the Perkins - they don't stand up to the Isuzu.
The steering will be suffering from the engine being a lot heavier than the
original, but even so, the steering should not be too bad provided the
tyres are the original size and correct pressure.