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  1. 5 points
    via @theragers: There’s been a drought in Namibia for about 6 years. Until today. It all got a bit camel trophy trying to reach camp. #NewDefender
  2. 3 points
    After acceptance comes boredom - I think that’s where I am now. No offence intended to the varied and valuable insights I’ve got here - but Land Rover reinvented themselves as a handbag. This was disappointing - but then I’ve had friends who’ve turned into jerks too, and then it’s been time to move on. I’m no longer friends with Land Rover.
  3. 3 points
    It’s difficult to accept something when it’s trying and claiming to be something it isn’t. I have no issues at all with the actual vehicle. I think it’s great. But I truly hate the fact they have branded it as a Defender. Therefore it is not carrying on the legendary name at all. Just making a mockery of it.
  4. 3 points
    Just wondering why we can't just accept the New Defender for what it is, a brand new bang up to date 4x4 that I think will carry the legendary name with pride & turnout to be just as or even more competent & popular than the previous vehicle, let's give it a chance, its not a normal 2 wd road car. LR wouldn't waste all the resources on something that would be a total failure.
  5. 2 points
    Exactly! I'm certainly not a big fan of the new Defender, but that's mainly because I don't like any new car. All the electrickery may make the car perform better and more easy to drive, but also far less engaging so not my cup of tea. I think Land Rover did a pretty good job, considering the market they're aiming for. Even though a better looking Discovery might have a more logical approach, instead of crowding the segment. Still, styling could have been a lot worse. And I have no doubt it will perform very well, surpassing the old Defender off road, depending on the actual terrain. So I've decided to like it, but am also pretty sure I'll never buy one. Filip
  6. 2 points
    Typically you automate the main system and then the problem resolution process requires manual oversight and therefore takes longer. Granted it could go quicker and if that 4 weeks is a problem why not mail the DVLA and your MP with your concerns? Is there a case that the fines are the money and correcting mistakes isn’t, sure I could get on board with that. However I don’t see how not sending the letter for 4 weeks because the problem resolution may take 4 weeks helps anything. Because the letter was quick poster was able to get cctv to back his case that’s more difficult after a month. Do we want to be paying £5 more vehicle tax for a streamline mistake resolution system ? Not sure I do. The system made a mistake, there is a mistake resolution process and you follow that to correct the mistakes. It’s going to be annoying to resolve, sure but it will resolve. if it somehow turns into a mis carriage of justice I will chip in £20 for the fine.
  7. 2 points
    I don’t see how that matters. It’s not like they have taken the money and now you have to get it back. It’s pretty normal to have a process that normally works run quickly and the process to correct mistakes takes longer.
  8. 1 point
    my brother is in the motor trade and he told me a story of him having 14 vehicles on private land being clampped by DVLA. Some were his and some where other traders. Either way the authorities were trying to hold them to ransom and wouldn't accept that they were on private land. In the end my brother got tired of the argument and lack of progress so he cut the clamps off. They couldn't trace the owner of the vehicles as they were not registered to anyone and my brother got the scrap value for the clamps.
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  11. 1 point
    @Tanuku ..... "Call me anally-retentive, but this is the sort of little-issue for which I'd happily refuse a 'fit-to-fly' certificate back in my days dealing with aircraft" I can't believe it!?! 😂😂 a quote of yours from a previous thread. Sorry couldn't resist
  12. 1 point
    A good tip when welding thin metal (like rotten exhausts or panel steel, ahem) is to weld a short length, lift off for a few seconds, then do another short run, etc.. That's because your weld is heating the material ahead, making it prone to blowing holes. Frequent little cooling periods make a huge difference.
  13. 1 point
    Well I have been doing bits on this on and off but its finally finished , yeaaaaaaaaaaaah one project down a few to go . Right so welded the rack together and legs then made some mounts for the front light bar , test fit , then wanted some slim line LED lights on the side so when camping you can have some light down each side and found these on eBay weren't very expensive at all . made up some backing plates and welded them on , and zinc rich primered it , then painted it black this is the best pic I've got . Then finally this weekend I've fitted it , I'm well pleased how it turned out and I've no doubt I'll upgrade the design along the way just need to wire the lights in and it's job done . cheers Ian
  14. 1 point
    If you want something that drives with more comfort, safety and speed. Land Rover answered this in 1989 with the introduction of the Discovery (or if being really picky, 1970 with the Range Rover). The D3/4 and even the somewhat misguided D5 are still good answers to wanting more on road comfort and cabin space. But that is exactly the reason this new vehicle isn’t a Defender. Think, if Lotus introduced 4 door, diesel, AWD saloon as the new “Elise”. The resultant car might actually be superb. But it would be no more of an Elise than a bunch of bananas are. The same is true here. It doesn’t really matter how good or bad this vehicle is. It can never truly be a Defender replacement. Because it hasn’t actually fulfilled the brief on what a Defender is. And doesn’t cater for doing the same things.
  15. 1 point
    I'll have look. I did start taking some pictures
  16. 1 point
    Thicker is always easier - harder to blow holes in, doesn't distort as much, you can "get away" with a larger range of amperages although obviously for critical stuff you still need to get it right. For thin stuff, Urchfab's bodywork welding video is still the best thing I've seen on the subject.
  17. 1 point
    That's why I built an ibex. Oh and have an early 110... Mike
  18. 1 point
    @Anderzander the thing is, when buying none genuine parts we know we are taking a gamble. It's just whether we think it's worth that gamble!?! So you consider where that part is going on the motor and what it's job is and how important its role is in the running of the vehicle? But the inside information is if it's that much cheaper usually it's for a reason, the main one being quality and then you have to decide knowing this how much quality you are willing to sacrifice for that individual item? Butt I feel your pain regarding your seat! 😂
  19. 1 point
    Wrong. Lucas made the switchgear, Smiths produced the instrumentation.
  20. 1 point
    A handful of big Land Rovers and a little road car with little wheels and no ground clearance (and probably a road-orientated drive system)? Where do you want us to start?
  21. 1 point
    Their parts pricing matches their vehicle pricing , Overpriced !
  22. 1 point
    Do without the dim/dip and rewire your headlights through relays to improve their brightness, a far better set up.
  23. 1 point
    While I agree with what has been said, I feel we must also ask if Land Rover's parts policy has not been a factor. I wish to purchase a new master cylinder for the Discovery 1. The internet offers me one for less than £50, ex vat, while there are two more at just below and just above £70. A Lucas one seems to be £170. The price quoted for the Land Rover branded one of over £310. Faced with that choice I suggest most people would not buy Land Rover. We may question the quanity of the £50 one, but is LR 6 times better? I suggest that had LR parts priced more reasonably there may not have been quite such a move towards the likes of Britpart. They do after all offer 2 year warrany, which would put a lots of minds at rest.
  24. 1 point
    Actually, it is exactly the same. It is a Dana 60, made by Dana. The only difference is metric bolting and the bearings. The ones in US trucks normally use 2 pinion diffs stock and 27 or 30 spline shafts. 24 spline is about mid way between 27 and 30. It is fairly straightforward to change to any Dana 60 differential. The complicated part in a salisbury axle is going up to 35 spline, simply because nobody is mass producing the conversion parts. For a "Dana 60", these parts are very common. In any case, if you stay with 24 spline chrome moly axles, the diff will be unbreakable and the shafts, which are much easier to change, are the weak points. If you go with a P38, pretty much anything could break even if you spend a lot more to upgrade the R&P and have it pinned. If you just stay with the stock R&P, unpinned, it will be much weaker than the shafts.
  25. 0 points
    Lesson dont put on second hand chassis, either make a new one or buy one. There are plenty of people out there waiting till you make s mistake , like putting on another car chassis , who will love to wave their finger at you and inform on you. Life eh dont tell anyone anything like that ever again because there are plenty of people who love to shout ",I am telling on you" back to school eh. How do you think the police find out about things like this INFORMANTS/Grasses


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