Suspension

The suspension is based on the standard classic Range Rover setup, however due to the the very different weight of the Lightweight and  Range Rover, the road springs used are the Original equipment as fitted to a V8 90.  This being a lot closer to the actual weight of the vehicle.

I decided early on that I did not want to raise the Lightweight as I was not really after the "Monster Truck" Look.  I liked the standard ride height, plus with the performance enhancements being Higher is not a good thing anyway.

The shock absorbers used are far from standard however.  They are Rancho RS9000's

They have Fifteen stage velocity sensitive valving controlling compression and rebound.

They are also adjustable having five dampening positions:

The Rancho Shocks come with a manual adjustment valve as standard, but you can remove this and fit a remote control system that allows you to adjust the shocks on the fly from inside the vehicle even whilst driving along.

The Rancho Dual Action Remote Control System provides the ultimate in performance and suspension control... from the driver's seat! The unique splitter feature on the Dual Action System allows independent adjustment of either the front or rear shocks with convenient finger tip operation. Easily adjust RS9000 Shock Absorbers throughout their full range (1 - 5) "on-the-fly" to instantly provide a softer or firmer ride.

This picture shows the remote system components all laid out and connected off the vehicle.  You can see from here that it is very straight forward.  This is exactly how it is connected on the vehicle, just the pipe work is longer.

 

 

 

 

I decided to fit the Remote control unit.  To do this you simply remove the manual adjusters and replace them with the remote tubing fittings as shown below: 

Removing the manual adjusters

 

 

 

The remote tubing fitting in place on the shock.

 

 

 

The only thing then remaining is to fit the compressor unit, Gauges/Valves and switches and then pipe them all up.  The gauges and switches are mounted in the centre of the Dashboard.  The compressor unit is mounted underneath the passenger side seat box.

Here you can see the location of the compressor unit under the seat box.