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Toyota Discover Citroen Suspension . . . And Cart Springs !

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Not a RAV thing, I know, bit I came across this a little while ago...

(actually two quite different options - see whole video)

Just a bit naughty referring to it as a "world first", but there you go.

Interesting, too, to look at Land Cruiser parts on

http://www.toyodiy.com/parts/p_G_2011_TOYOTA_LAND+CRUISER_VDJ76R-RKMNYQ_4804.html

- where the Land Cruiser is sold, in Australia, with LEAF SPRINGS !!

Why?

Chris

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Leaf Springs for Land Cruisers are commonplace in Africa. (It's referred to as Africa Spec. and very good they are too!)

That's also part of the reason that Land Rover lost out big time in our former colonies because the Land Cruiser, even in it's earliest form had such superior overall peformance and reliability! in that terrain.

But of course, at that time, Land Rover thought they new best.....................................clearly, they didn't!

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So would leaf springs open up the possibility for "local repair" (even made from scratch)? Didn't realise that coil springs were that unreliable, given their ability to cope with much greater suspension excursions.

You're right, though, about LR. Best advert for T. must be the UN and other international NGOs. A while ago, there were a couple of acres on the southern tip of Gibraltar (Europa Point) stuffed full of white and desert-camouflage LCs, all new and unregistered, and presumably ready-to-go.

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- where the Land Cruiser is sold, in Australia, with LEAF SPRINGS !!

Why?

Chris

Leaf springs are still used, especially in harsh terrain because they are better at spreading a larger heavier load more widely over a vehicle chassis. A coil spring puts all the weight into one single point. They are also cheaper to produce because you dont have a panhard rod and swinging arm setup either. It is still common to see a leaf spring setup in Africa and Australia, it's just that we have become used to seeing coil springs on our soft roaders

Kingo :thumbsup:

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