I use my 300Tdi Defender 90 mainly on the road, with occasional greenlaning and pay-and-play outings. The ride is harsh: the vehicle crashes uncomfortably when hitting bumps in the road. I’ve no idea what suspension it has fitted, other than it has orange bushes.
I want to get a better ride without compromising it off-road. I drive it briskly on-road and I’ve read that soft springs can be combined with good dampers for a comfortable ride. Is there any way I can get decent on-road handling without compromising its
Steve Moore, Douglas, Isle of Man
To achieve exactly what you want from your suspension you really need to replace the springs, dampers and bushes. I’d never fit softer-than-standard springs to any vehicle used mainly on the road and which gets driven briskly – that would just be asking for trouble. As a general rule, because of the 90’s short wheelbase, you can either fit hard bushes and soft suspension, or vice versa if you want to maintain a comfortable ride.
I would suggest fitting new, genuine-part rubber bushes matched either with standard or slightly heavy-duty (about 15 per cent stiffer than standard) springs of standard height, and the heavy-duty dampers of your choice.