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Last year Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull installed a brand new vehicle platform known as D7A and D7U. These platforms were to cater for the XE/XF/ F-Pace and Range Rover Sport vehicles. I order to be able to build those vehicles, JLR approached CK in order to design, manufacture, supply and install these intricate fixtures.
The fixtures are known as ‘dogbones’ due to the shaped of the frame the tooling sits on. Each platform, D7A or D7U, had its own dedicated dog bone in which was designed in order to support the engine and gearbox variants being built on that particular platform.
59 D7A Dogbones and 59 D7U dogbones were supplied to JLR for the start of their new platform. In addition to this, 13 FEAD pallets were provided to support the AJ126, AJ200 and GTDI Engines and the relevant transmissions / Transfer Boxes.
Even though the 2 dogbone designs were generally different, each included certain similarities. Please see an example of these below;
The Fead pallets consisted of the following characteristics;