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  1. Neat idea, possibly good for stop start! Does remind me about the in line accumulators you can fit to the oil system that charge when the engine is at pressure, store when ignition is cut and release when you start the engine to help the bearing life a little.
  2. Hmm... Welder should be bought a week tomorrow so I plan to get that up and running. Build engine test stand from drawings purchased last year. Aquire a donor (hopefully just about running) 4.6 and service as needed. Wrap up associated electric zf box for an after on the road project! Pick and purchase lighting so that wiring loom plans can be finalised. Plan and start to build bulkhead and floor to suit under seat tanks. That's plenty, especially as there's a new member of the household due in April which is bound to through all of my plans back! If things go spectacularly well this year then getting the megasquirt off the drawing board and firing up the engine on the test stand would be huge bonus for the year. Jan 2018 will hopefully be chassis purchase, but I need to be 100% sure of what I want first! Moving engine back a bit and chopping off a bit of the chassis at the back have both raised their heads as options in the last half of 2017!
  3. Found this: https://www.hella.com/hella.../673_Legal_Requirements_Brochure_HELLA_EN.pdf Summary from this is no height limit and there is a requirement that the maximum illumination does not exceed 430,000cd or the sum of the reference numbers on the E marking doesn't exceed 100. My interpretation of this would be that high and low spots would be legal on the road if there was a switch to select which you were using along with the main beam lights. Therefore your total illumination could exceed the 100 reference number because they all won't come on at once. As I'm not planning to do anything mega quick like comp safari I think that's fine! Edit: Another useful link: http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/lights/codes/codes.html
  4. Yes the HID stuff is a nightmare. I'd only consider them for spots or floods making sure they didn't come one when you just flashed your lights. Thanks for your help anyway.
  5. Your not wrong there, but still can't see the 1200mm regulation. That is however directly referred to in the IVA test guide for the max height of the dipped beam headlights. It lists no limitation for the max height of main beam headlamps.
  6. Is this the most up to date version of C&U? Here below is the gotcha for using lights not E or BS marked. Where you have an E/BS marked lamp running LED lights as standard figment then you are fine. If you use LED bulbs inside holders for filament lights then this will also get you. I've seen nothing that prevents the additional lights being mounted at roof level pointing forward. From what I've read so far the low lights are better for rain/snow and the high get rid of some of the long shadow issues that can hide nasty holes etc. High ones can get hit by branches, low ones can get covered by muck, low ones (particually fogs) can get clipped on steep approaches (or hit by lower branches ;-) ). Using lights in a way that will dazzle other road users is always forbidden. Filament lamps 14.—(1) Where a motor vehicle first used on or after 1st April 1986 or any trailer manufactured on or after 1st October 1985 is equipped with any lamp of a type that is required by any Schedule to these Regulations to be marked with an approval mark, no filament lamp other than a filament lamp referred to in the Designation of Approval Marks Regulations in– (a)regulation 4 and Schedule 2, items 2 or 2A, 8, 20, 37 or 37A; or (b)regulation 5 and Schedule 4, item 18, shall be fitted to any such lamp. (2) Where any pedal cycle manufactured on or after 1st October 1990 is equipped with any lamp that is required by any Schedule to these Regulations to be marked with a British Standard mark, no filament lamp other than a filament lamp marked with the marking indicated in the British Standard specification for Filament Lamps for Cycles published by the British Standards Institution under the reference 6873: 1988 namely “B.S. 6873” shall be fitted to any such lamp.
  7. Ok, found this for C&U for lighting. I think this may be out of date and I still cant find any mention of the 55W limit which I've heard of... http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989/1796/schedule/5/made In summary: Part 2 of Schedule 5: "Requirements relating to optional main-beam headlamps: Any number may be fitted and the only requirements prescribed by these Regulations in respect of any which are fitted are those specified in paragraphs 7, 10 and 12(a) of Part I and, in the case of a motor vehicle first used on or after 1st April 1991, paragraph 5 of Part I. " ...and the associated extras: 5. Markings– (a) Any vehicle not covered by sub-paragaph (b), (c) or (d): An approval mark or a British Standard mark (b) A motor vehicle first used before 1st April 1986: No requirement 12. Other requirements– (a) Every main-beam headlamp shall be so constructed that the direction of the beam of light emitted therefrom can be adjusted whilst the vehicle is stationary. 7. Colour: White or yellow 10. Electrical connections– (a) Every main-beam headlamp shall be so constructed that the light emitted therefrom– (i)can be deflected at the will of the driver to become a dipped beam, or (ii)can be extinguished by the operation of a device which at the same time either– (A)causes the lamp to emit a dipped beam, or (B)causes another lamp to emit a dipped beam. (b) Where a matched pair of main-beam headlamps is fitted they shall be capable of being switched on and off simultaneously and not otherwise. (c) A three-wheeled motor vehicle, not being a motor bicycle combination, first used on or after 1st April 1986 and having a maximum speed not exceeding 50 mph: No requirement (d) A solo motor bicycle and a motor bicycle combination: No requirement
  8. On reflection the M1 IVA test guide isn't sufficient enough a document to refer to in this case. It doesn't list many of the restrictions such as the 55W bulb limit. I'm going to have to read up on the lighting section of the C&U guide for my build!
  9. Yeah, fully disabled for off road use should be fine. In which case if you are caught using them on the road then you would have issues. However for on road going from the M1 IVA guide (which I appreciate is an interpretation of C&U) it looks like the stumbling issue would be it being one unit, rather than a matched pair. Spot lamps and driving lights are classed as main beams, and including your standard head light main beams you can't have more than 4. If you had two, that operated with the full beam and could also be disabled I've not seen how that can be problematic. Interestingly there is a section that talks about pairs of lights whose illuminated area is greater than 60% of the total rectangular area that contains the pair of lights are classed as one unit. In this case, at least in the eyes of the IVA tester a pair of 6" spots on the bumper mounted with 1" between them would fall fowl of that, become one unit and therefore no longer be a matched pair. On the flip side though you could use this to your advantage and combine a flood with a spot on each side of the car and so long as these are close enough, and operated on the same controls then you would be fine with 6 individual 'main beam' lights. Edit: Two people replied while I was writing that! I'm not responding directly to either of the previous two posts!
  10. Does this still apply if it's wired to come on with main beams?
  11. Bugger, double corrected myself then should have left it as it was. I think standard is ET32 rather than -32 then. I'll get my coat and leave this thread alone. Causing more hassle than help! :-D
  12. Thanks Bowie. I appreciate the potential risks. My comment; 'Not suggesting...' was just trying to make sure no one misinterpreted my post as trying to kick of a carp storm. I thought there was an issue with the poking out, but wasn't 100% sure on when it would be picked up.
  13. Every day is a school day! So is this one of the Construction and Use things that will only really clobber you if you get pulled for a road side check or investigated after an accident? Not suggesting that the wheel protrusion is, or is not likely to be a contributing factor in an accident, merely trying to clarify when it is likely to cause the vehicle driver an issue.
  14. Didn't realise 8J was ever a standard fitment on Defenders, at least on standard specs rather than specials. Be careful with the offsets. I'd eyed up ET0 for the equivalent of 33" tyres. I think ET-32 is standard. Modulars come in a huge range. I think more posative (often referred to as deep dish) gives a wider track/vehicle. For the MOT you need to ensure you can't see any of the tread from directly above. I'll check my notes later.
  15. Dual purpose vehicle route can't be applied here due to the weight. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles To heavy unless it can loose weigh and replate. I'm not sure if you can do that without an IVA. If you know of other legislation on this please share as it could have a bearing on what I'm doing.