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  1. No.... way....... someone on LR4x4 owning a Pretender?
    4 points
  2. Enjoyed watching that, and very jealous of your access to such routes over there! I'd agree with the above. It seems to need a bit of oomph to do its thing, additionally the car weighs nearly 2.5 tonnes and so there is a lot of inertia to overcome. I liked my test drive at the weekend enough to sign on the dotted line and have placed an order for a 110. Hoping for an October build date and looking forward to trying it out off road once it's here - albeit very carefully to begin with!
    4 points
  3. Excellent review of an ostensibly bland looking product.
    3 points
  4. You're one of the few that have even seen one in real life, the fewer that have driven one and the fewer still that did so with the intention to spend money. I hope you stick up a thread and start what could be a lively community in here, it would be a shame if the negativity (my own included) were to keep away new members.
    2 points
  5. ^ This, you need a matched gauge + sender, TBH I'd just fit a VDO Vision set and call it good.
    2 points
  6. The few twin shock conversions I've not managed to clients out of, I've always made up a parallel mount for on the outer radius of the axle. I've always used one 'harder' shock and one 'softer' shock. Pointless though. Much better to just get one decent shock with either a big bore or a reservoir
    2 points
  7. 2 points
  8. Now until I started messing about with Smiths/Jaeger gauges adding an oil temp. gauge as FFR and some lightweights, I'd never heard of a Smiths Oil Check', but in a 1968 Smiths sales leaflet there it was? Now, where as I'd not give house-room for car-accessory shop shonk, I've a real soft-spot for period car-accessory shop shonk. I'm no sure where the distinction sits, but the more ridiculous it looks, provided it's period, the more I want it. Anyways, mine's just arrived, and I'm set to fit this tat very soon. I've already taken all the blurb 'on board', thus my dipstick's days are numbered
    1 point
  9. I saw a green one going opposite direction on sunday while out & about, still not sure if I like it, I cant afford one anyway, so my 1989 real 110 is safe.
    1 point
  10. I find myself having to use a dictionary to find out what "incongruent" means 😕
    1 point
  11. Haha. I couldn't help but think of this (you only need the last 15 seconds really!):
    1 point
  12. chaps, we finally took a New Defender out this past weekend. The driver is a novice on modern LRs, as you will see, and we were coaching him on which modes, gears, to use, etc. It could be just me, but somehow I don't think the TR on this model is as good as the one on my RRS... if you look at what happens in the video from around 6:00 onwards, and compare that to how my RRS handled that same section two months ago (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvqnliHlIKc). Ok, we have to allow for the massive rains we've had in the region, and driver skills but still, I thought the Defende
    1 point
  13. "..How I wish I could study those, instead of trains.." What's wrong with trains ? Love trains 😃 (and they help me to pay the bills...)
    1 point
  14. On its way to me now. As far as I can make out, there's a tube with a hole in it, the plunger creates a vacuum in the tube. Or doesn't if the oil is low. There can't be much more to it. What with a few double-entendre on 'pulling on my knob and dipstick' I'm set for a gold star. If I can be bothered, I'm sure it can be cobbled to work.
    1 point
  15. @Snagger it seems everyone likes to make systems more complicated than necessary these days. I see the point on repurposing buttons but frankly they're bloody annoying when you're bouncing around off road, I have enough trouble adjusting the radio volume in my 110 let alone if I had to use a touch screen. I liked the 3.6 era ones because everything was a big physical button. The only thing I used regularly that wasn't was on longer drives it was nice to turn off the screen at night, quite a few button presses on the touchscreen but I actually found pressing the voice recognition and stati
    1 point
  16. As you can see in the video, the elastic band does not need to bend, only extend.
    1 point
  17. Safety. The average person is a complete muppet so car manufacturers have to design for people who achieve and then surpass the Darwin Awards. I've spent a fair bit of time working with automotive certification and its harder to build stuff than for space and military. Those are just expensive when things go wrong.
    1 point
  18. TBH I could have done with spending a bit more time with the Terrain Response, but I only had the vehicle for a limited period. And I honestly didn't know you had to manually turn the DSC off when in low range. My Jimny does this automatically for you when you select low. Sadly I think the complexity of the entire Terrain Response setup, including the traction and stability systems is very overwhelming. tI would be interesting to do a time & motion study on how long and more importantly how many button clicks are required to get the new Defender in it's 'off road' mode. With the
    1 point
  19. Ineos have gone out of their way to make the vehicles adaptable and are very open to modifications, both theirs and third party. McGovern stated he intends to put all third party LR services out of business. It is his view that no owner has the right to adapt the vehicle in anyway that he didn’t think of and pays over the odds LR prices for limited, impractical accessories. That philosophy is abundantly clear in the Pretender’s design.
    1 point
  20. Why on Earth isn’t the DSC automatically disabled when off road modes are selected? There may be a good reason for it, but I can’t think of one.
    1 point
  21. Then you really want to fit the gauge from a 200Tdi Defender to ensure compatibility. I wouldn’t replace the sender with a 2.5 unit as the engines may run normally at different temperatures, so a 12j indication system on a Tdi could give false indications, even though sender and gauge are matched.
    1 point
  22. It says wait one minute after switching the engine off before checking the level. Interesting idea. I wonder if it can be adjusted in length to suit the available space between block fitting and other engine bay occupants - it looks like it operates simply on vacuum, so cutting down the steel tube and reattaching the hose shouldn’t be beyond the wit of man.
    1 point
  23. Flex and wear in the bushes, mainly. On spring compression, the leading damper will push its side of the axle aft, while the other side’s trailing damper will push that end of the axle forward, giving some rear steer effect. It shouldn’t be much with firm bushes, but worn or soft bushes may have an effect. Just how LR had a reason for initially using this asymmetric arrangement, they must have had a reason for abandoning it. That the change happened several years down the line suggests it was the result of something that showed up as the cars aged, which makes me suspect aging bushes and h
    1 point
  24. LR had the one fore, one aft configuration to try to reduce axle wrap/tramp, as I understand it. I’m surprised there was much of a problem, given the nature of the trailing arms and A-frame, but I have read that many times, and they must have had a good reason. As long as the bushes have enough flex, I can’t see why having a triangular configuration would be worse than parallel twin dampers, but I can see how it may be better. What would give potential oddities is the asymmetrical original RR and 110 configuration with single dampers fore on one side and aft on the other; I’d expect that to
    1 point
  25. The main reason trains use diesel-electric drive, or diesel-hydraulic, is because it's much easier to have drive on multiple axles, spread over the entire length of the train. That would be very complex with a mechanical drive, and you do need to spread the tractive effort because of the very low friction of the steel wheels on steel rails. Preferably without much intrusion in the passenger compartment (flat floors, low entrances etc). For the manufacturers it has the added advantage they can use many parts like drive bogies from their electric trains instead of having to design new gearboxes.
    1 point
  26. I fitted additional calipers and used triumph acclaim master cylinders with servos to get a stronger bite when I had them on my lightweight certainly had no issues at MOT time the only other thing I will mention is be prepared for drive line breakages as fiddles can be harsh on the system due to sudden stopping of one side as appose to normal braking where clutch is normally applied. I also ran air lockers which helps considerably but still managed to lose some crown wheels and pinions regards Stephen
    1 point
  27. Buy the correct genuine Land Rover felt runners. They will be pre drilled for the countersunk screws in the correct locations. Generic stuff isn’t and is more aimed at the series 3 door top market. There is a long thin aluminium strip which is fitted on rear of rear vertical runner from memory, never really worked out what this shims function is, but I have always refitted it. The main shims are 2-3 small pieces of alloy which adjust the runner inwards to take up the slack in the window. These small shims are easily made as they are ridiculously expensive last time I looked. if you a
    1 point
  28. Thanks Ralph - that makes sense - I'd not located them yet as I've not started taking the old one apart. As I'm currently using the van I thought I could build up most of the new doors with the new bits then do a quick swap of the glass, lock, gubbins and door card.
    1 point
  29. Also check this out for amazing photos around the Torridon area: http://www.stevecarter.com/gallery1/MyFaves.htm
    1 point
  30. I thought it was common to add a 2nd calliper for the fiddles so as not to interfere with the regular brakes?
    1 point
  31. https://www.evo.co.uk/features/14421/old-military-road-scotland-ultimate-driving-destinations?amp A93 and A939 up the middle of the Cairngorms, through Braemar and Cock Bridge (sadly someone had taken down the sign last time I went!)
    1 point
  32. When the 90 was launched I had a 2.5 petrol County from Friday afternoon to Monday morning with a signature , no excess or mileage limit and on the understanding it would be used off road too , nothing at all fell off or worked loose and after an extensive steam clean it went back spotless . At that time the local Main Dealers were actually interested in the Brand. Trim that can be pulled off by hand is utterly unacceptable IMO , trash and BS. Steve
    1 point
  33. That would be inexcusable on a Dacia Duster 4x4 at £18,595, at £60k I'm just speechless!
    1 point
  34. If you're running a petrol engine to charge batteries to run a motor to move the car that just sounds like a very complicated and heavy way to burn petrol to move you along the road... "Self-charging hybrid" is one of the worst pieces of marketing bullsh!ttery I've heard in recent years
    1 point
  35. Hi Nick Sorry I missed this. Been on leave. All XD9000 type Warn winches (including all the branded ones) suffer form this issue to some extent. It's all about maintenance
    1 point
  36. Plus I’d rather cut my todger off than support Gerry McGovern being any more smug. No one needs to feel more right, or be confirmed in their self absorption, than that man clearly already does.
    1 point
  37. For me the difference though is that the Defender is a car. I remember when Mercedes brought out the ML, in the late 90’s, a local farmer bought one to replace his Defender - the sheep he put in the back ate the trim and the leather off the seats - he wasn’t bothered about that - what did bother him was how rapidly it fell to bits and how expensive parts and service were. He also (At that time) couldn’t get decent tyres on it and got stuck a lot. I expect the new Defender wouldn’t get stuck much - though you’d still struggle to get decent tyres for it so they would have limits a hill
    1 point
  38. In addition to the above, did you replace the stat and if so is the new one a genuine one with a vent hole / jiggle pin in it to prevent airlocks?
    1 point
  39. Drum painted and heat shrink on just waiting for decals coming then I can get it installed and rope put on regards Stephen
    1 point
  40. I find putting grease in these planetary units doesn't really coat the gears, especially as they always seem to let some water in. Last one I did I threw some of that semi red sloppy grease you use in huskys, was a bit of a juggle, but seems to have worked in keeping it nice and free and smooth.
    1 point
  41. Not much to show I've been a bit distracted with custom pannel work and rust repairs Got another organizer done for all my fuses and relays..... changed rolls in the printer, same brand, same colour, but its not the same plastic.... I'd gotten a good handle on the previous couple of rolls by adjusting temps over the recomended (increased bed temp, to stop the corners of the base lifting and 10 degrees more on the extruder head improved layer adhesion without any drop in print qaulity)..... this roll I've gotten corner lifting on every print regardless of what I do (going to fit my glass
    1 point
  42. The EU is a protection racket that only benefits the politicians and big multinational companies, but screws the smaller businesses and population. I can’t understand why anyone would favour it as it is. It could have been so much better if not for the rampant corruption. Having national and regional governments is bent and expensive enough, but adding a third tier above that is nuts. But I can understand your perspective, Arjan, as the EU treats France a great deal better and gives it a lot more benefits than it does the UK.
    1 point
  43. It was quite loose and just came away without any real effort. Glad i did it as otherwise it might be in the central reservation of a dual carriageway right now. The other side was just as flimsy. Insane for a £50k+ motor.
    0 points
  44. I've had the new Defender for a 3 hour test drive this morning. I approached it with an open mind but i can honestly say i still don't get it. Not utility enough to be of any use in a working environment and not luxurious enough to be worthy of its price tag. I did like the halo camera parking aid. I did not like the build quality.
    0 points


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