Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review, worth it or not?

We had a set of normal dislocation cones fitted to our Defender 90 with a 2″ lift kit and found that a lot of times the springs would not relocate properly whilst traversing the Cornish byways. We would have to jack the vehicle and physically knock the springs back into position again.
You could could get over the issue of the springs not relocating properly by reversing the relocation setup, by setting the cones on the axle instead, but we figured we would give Gwyn Lewis hooked challenge spring re-locators a try.

What Are Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators?

The rear spring re-locators were designed by Gwyn Lewis for a challenge truck setup with long travel shocks fitted. With that in mind, you can imagine they are heavy duty made from 6mm mild steel and are also galvanized for protection against the mud and water.

The spring re-locators have been designed to catch the last coil of the spring to stop it from coming past the re-locator, this obviously stops the issue of the spring popping out and not relocating properly. The design itself means that relocation is not only guaranteed but it is smooth and with virtually no noise, you do not get that awful banging noise that you get with conventional cones when the springs re-locate.

Another feature of the Gwyn Lewis hooked spring re-locators is that you can place a round bar or a wheel brace through the spring and re-locator to minimise axle movement when using a hi lift jack, this makes jacking up so much easier and safer when using a Hi-lift.

Installation Difficulty Rating:

Fitting the hooks is relatively straight forward and shouldn’t take much longer than an hour with the correct tools.

Here is a guide taken from the Gwyn Lewis website:

  A pair of rear spring re-locators, top plates, 4 M10X45 and 4 nylock nuts.

Slide the re-locator top plate into place with the bolts facing down.

If fitting to a Discovery or a RRC place the retaining plate from underneath.

Lift the re-locator into place with the hook of there-locator facing inwards.Tighten the bolts until the retaining plate is in contact with the re-locator and ensure that there-locator is square in the spring seat.

When mounting the spring ensure that the re-locator hook catches the last full coil of the spring.

Verdict:

Since we have fitted the hooked re-locators to our Defender 90 we have not had any issues with the springs re-seating. The re-location is smooth and quiet, the flex isn’t restricted at all. We advise that you buy the bottom retainer plates to prevent the springs being pulled off the axle, these are also made and supplied by Gwyn Lewis.
In our opinion these are well worth investing in 100% better than conventional cones.

Manufacturer: Gwyn Lewis 4×4

Fits: Defender 90, Discovery 1, RRc (will not fit 110/130 models)

Weight:- 4KG

Website: https://gwynlewis4x4.co.uk

Purchase Hooked re-locators here.

Gwyn Lewis Hooked Challenge Rear Spring Re-locators Review
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Summary

Since we have fitted the hooked re-locators to our Defender 90 we have not had any issues with the springs re-seating. The re-location is smooth and quiet, the flex isn’t restricted at all. We advise that you buy the bottom retainer plates to prevent the springs being pulled off the axle, these are also made and supplied by Gwyn Lewis.
In our opinion these are well worth investing in 100% better than conventional cones.

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