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rambling rollie



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Permanent removal of the propshaft

Would it be possible/feasible to completely remove the propshaft to turn the car into a 2wd?

Other consequences?

Advantages?

Post #391384 20th May 2020 7:12 pm
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Bobupndown



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United Kingdom 2014 Freelander 2 SD4 GS Auto Orkney Grey

Why would you buy a 4x4 to then convert it to a 2wd?
If that's what you wanted landrover did make a 2wd Freelander 2 previously. Landrover - turning owners into mechanics since 1948

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Post #391385 20th May 2020 7:27 pm
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Grue



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New Zealand 2007 Freelander 2 TD4 SE Auto Sumatra Black

To avoid costly repairs to haldex, diff I'm assuming?

Just off top of head....

Pros - fuel economy

Cons - you'll look like a muppet if you get stuck on a grassy patch on side of road Laughing

Post #391387 20th May 2020 9:21 pm
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Lightwater



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Australia 2013 Freelander 2 2.0T SE Auto Fuji White

Wouldn't stability control be affected as you won't have power in places where it may be needed. Procrastination, mankind's greatest labour saving device!

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Post #391389 20th May 2020 10:01 pm
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impact



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Australia 2010 Freelander 2 TD4 SE Auto Fuji White

Pull the Haldex fuse out and go for a drive, see if you like the feel of the vehicle. I did that when was trying workout whether noise was originating from the rear diff (it was). The car handles completely different without Haldex in the picture. I didn't like it. And yes lots of lights up on the dash to let me know computer wasn't happy. MY10 TD4 SE Auto

Post #391404 21st May 2020 9:45 am
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Tigger



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Any marginal savings in fuel might be more than offset by increased insurance costs when you explain to your insurance company that it’s had a significant mechanical modification.., 2011 FL2 TD4 XS Kosrae Green
2012 FL2 TD4 HSE Firenze Red
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Post #391433 21st May 2020 6:07 pm
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Chuckalicious



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United Kingdom 2011 Freelander 2 TD4 GS Manual Santorini Black

Won't the rear diff still be functioning mechanically as the wheels will still be turning, just not under load? Learned to drive in 2011.
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"Upgraded" to Kia Sportage - hated it
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Post #391481 22nd May 2020 10:37 pm
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IanMetro



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United Kingdom 2014 Freelander 2 SD4 Metropolis LE Auto Fuji White

There are plenty of 'as designed' 2 wheel drive SUVs out there to buy.
Why ruin a well designed 4x4 like the FL2? FL2 XS SD4 Auto 2010 2012-2017 (21k - 91k miles) (MY2011)
FL2 Metropolis SD4 Auto 2014 2017- (16k - 46k+ miles) (MY2015)

Post #391482 22nd May 2020 11:06 pm
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petero



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United Kingdom 2007 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Manual Sumatra Black

It will probably have a strong tendency to spin the LH front wheel when pulling away briskly if you don't have the drive to the rear - mine did after the PTU failed. Once it was replaced and 4WD again it drove much better and hasn't spun a wheel since, even in the wet Thumbs Up

Post #391502 23rd May 2020 10:11 pm
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Arese



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Morocco 2012 Freelander 2 TD4 HSE Auto Santorini Black

Had my haldex replaced 4 times ... the fourth replacement needed 2 - 3 months delivery time + JLR approval. The local dealer removed the propshaft during this period and turned the car into a 2wd ... noticed fuel consumption economy (20 to 30% economy), nothing else actually in normal condition of use.

Post #391503 24th May 2020 3:41 am
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jules



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United Kingdom 2014 Freelander 2 SD4 SE Auto Firenze Red

Im quite surprised the propshaft and haldex unit cause some much drag as to reduce fuel consumption by 20 to 30% Jules

Post #391526 24th May 2020 11:07 am
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