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Stupid question probably

I know this is probably a stupid question but whatever. Is the Discovery 2WD all the time or is it always 4WD. I was under the impression it is usually 2WD until shifting the transfer case over to 4WD. If it is usually 2WD is it FWD or RWD.
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I think its depends on if you have a d1 or d2. I know d2 is awd. 99/01 have a cdl with no way to engage it unless you mod it out with a cdl shifter. 02/03 models just simply have no cdl, 04 is the only d2 model that comes stock with cdl. As for d1's idk, I have a d2. Hope this helps a little

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Full time 4WD, but in normal operation the center diff is open.

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So in theory if you are off road and the front tires start spinning then the rear diff locks and powers the back tires making all 4 tires powered?

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No, neither axle diff is lockable from the factory. But even if they were they'd only effect the two wheels on that axle.
It's all covered in the owners manual.

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Watch this video.


There are three differentials on a Discovery, front, center and rear.
The center diff is lockable, meaning when locked it sends equal power to both driveshafts.
Unlocked (normal mode) it is a full time 4x4, power is sent to all four wheels all the time, the diffs then do what diffs do and power follows as such.

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Its a 1997 Discovery if that helps at all. So basically it is 4wd all the time? Im really only asking because i want to know if its possible to drift it in the snow, but being 4wd all the time that might be difficult.
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Year makes no matter.
Yes you can drift it in the snow.
I bust snow drifts all the time.

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Just for fun I watched that video. I was a little suspect on it at first, but that is actually a pretty good way to explain it.

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