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  1. 7 points
    Not sure what you mean by piston, but I suspect we are talking about the same thing. You have the two ‘top hats’, top and bottom and the bladder in the middle. Yes, you certainly know when the pop off, as you get a loud bang. You just open the driver’s door to immediately stop it self leveling down, so no need to go down to the bump stops. If you need to then close the door, either pull the eas relay or open the rear tailgate while you pop the bag back on. I’ve done it tons of times, when experimenting how far you could go with the Arnott long bladders when they first came out, it takes less than ten minutes to put the bladder back on. Worst one I had was on the gap road, with a river running down my back. 🙄 With the right air setup you can easily fit 255/85 16’s on a p38. Personally, if you plan to off road, I’d ditch the front bumper and the side steps. For the rear bumper you can cut it and redo the exhausts to give a good departure angle...
  2. 6 points
    As a side note, I'm surprised to see it is 9 years since we did this 😕
  3. 4 points
    I priced one up, but the base spec 110 is £45k and if financed I object in principle to paying more than £51k (with interest) for a £45k car that will probably only be worth £30k once paid for.
  4. 4 points
    To my eternal disgust all the post 1998 300Tdi engines have "Industria Argentina" on the engine block, even the ones fitted at the factory up until 2006. I presume they bought in the blocks. Never had a problem with them though.
  5. 3 points
    a little update to the project.. Cummins SA is in the final stages of the installation and has taken the vehicle to the test track for some testing. they hook it up to a truck with a gearbox retarder so they can push the engine to max power and max torque output and then check if the temperatures stabilise under constant load. Cummins team was happy with the temps achieved and using some math will be calculating the Limiting Ambient Operating temperature (important for us in Botswana where 45 degrees in the shade happens every year) this is what it looks like next is to try the standard TD5 cooling pack (radiator and intercooler) and see if they can achieve the same results
  6. 3 points
    Finished all the machining on "wine racks" lol and will finish painting today .... Will get some pics of them when I'm done Heres a little taster for the rest of the tool sort out for my electrical stuff.... I picked up some tool/part organisers cheap, they are robust and don't have lots of irrelevant design carp to them to make them look "tough" (that just takes up space lol).... and they have removable internals I was originally going to do this with Teng Organiser stuff but here in NZ we don't get the cheap deals on Teng stuff lol and the other part is my vacumn former is in my Australian tool box (we arn't allowed to travel to Australia till Covid is sorted) so here is some 3D printing
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    I'd like to see an actual vehicle rather than a CGI rendering
  9. 3 points
    I'm with Drumstick on this, if it's cheap power you want, and if it's a weekender toy, the TDi is very good. However... there's more than a few, and I'm one of them, that has theirs out again. It's not a pleasant conversion, and for me there's little point if the driving experience is pretty poor. You'll never get noise to reasonable levels, and to 'go' you'll be box-stirring. Yes, it's cheap, fairly simple to do, and it will 'go' well. The 200TDi has been the herd-choice. Be minded to how those that tell you to fit a TDi, truly use the things. I actually drive mine. Just know what you're getting.... If it's cheap you want, and you're not intending to go far, fine, may as well throw in a V8. These conversions all appear clever, save a sixer and a V6, I've had them all. Truth is, there is no perfect solution, all are hit by compromises. If your wallet is a little thicker, or like me you got yours before prices went silly, my moniker would give you my choice because it's closer to perfect for my particular use. And lastly.... careful, none of these conversions are as cheap as they first look,. Go in eyes-open.
  10. 3 points
  11. 3 points
    @WesBrooks along with apeing the Defender I also see old Landcruiser and Gwagen in the looks of the Grenadier , I definitely don’t see a purely Defender clone .
  12. 3 points
    You know where bogmonster is, right ? Mo
  13. 3 points
    Clean, but I'm still not a fan of removing the air suspension. Rubbing with bigger tyres and failing air suspension can be solved with longer bump stops. You're just removing so much of what makes the P38 a great and versatile vehicle. Can't say I've every felt it was too wobbly on the road. Although I do most of my spirited driving in standard height, not highway. I do have to wonder why your air suspension kept failing so much. Even with a sometimes-out-of-range LF height sensor mine is pretty reliable, and if it does act up it's easy to reset as long as it's not a hard fault. In the end all that matters is that you're happy with the vehicle. But don't post up if you can't take questions/criticism.
  14. 2 points
    ...I see tonight's episode of Vintage Voltage is converting a Defender to full EV , it will be interesting to watch - plenty of room for batteries everywhere , even if they are not 3d printed ... Steve
  15. 2 points
    Okay. Maybe not today. But I can see a time when the way forward is to remove the main box and engine, whack in a big electric motor, and a chunk of 3d printed battery, to fit in the engine bay, and off you go. As you keep the transfer box, you only loose one point for the engine.
  16. 2 points
    The difference seems to be that their marketing puff is branding a utility vehicle as a utility vehicle - whereas JLR are trying to present a luxury vehicle as a continuity of product from a utility vehicle.
  17. 2 points
    High tech, custom designed, bespoke engine paint drying booth.
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    I have none of these problems on my workshop PC running XP and not connected to the internet!
  20. 2 points
    I don't. Firstly, stop with the parabolic vs non parabolic stuff - it's a leaf spring. Better to think Leaf to Coil; because when you swap an air bag out for a coil you are changing the intrinsic design, that the vehicle was homologated with. So if you have issues, which I feel you do, just go down to the local DVSA test centre and ask. When I was still a journalist/hack I wrote articles about IVA/SVA. Well researched articles. I interviewed VOSA (as was) officials and inspectors). I ended up getting death threats from folk who owned bobtail Disco's and such. Death threats. Simply because I had questioned the legality ,of their beloved build. For 13 years now I have, as part of my job, been responsible for overseeing the clean up after members of the driving public decide to have RTA's. I've come to know a number of CIS/SOCO folk very well. I've also stood in the coroners court and given evidence. Most people die because of inattention. Few die because there vehicle is defective. Most home mechanics are actually very safe. Yet they get so upset simply because in the letter of the law, modifications require a check! IVA/SVA isn't in the minds of the police or the DVSA. Yes, if the DVSA guys need extra bonus, they might pull you in, but hey, so what. The law in the UK isn't perfect - in fact it's a lot simpler than Spain or Germany. Over in Spain, a vehicle has to as it was when it left the factory - to it's build spec; if it isn't it fails. You then need an engineers report on the modification - even braided steel brake pipes. That report starts at 500 euro's. Mods are simple to understand, but the system doesn't work. Radical modification is an all encompassing broad brush. An utter pain in the backside. But easy to check for. So don't get heated with me. I'm just giving the facts. Go to the DVSA and ask. Easy done - even now I like to modify vehicles as much as anyone - however, these days, I do it as legally as I can. even to getting a letter of All-makes to confirm there winch bumper was approved for use on the public highway. It isn't but luckily they didn't know that, so sent a letter. But how far do you take this? Road Springs - some retailers and even manufacturers will state 'not for road use' on their lifted springs. OME went the other way - because of the issues now faced in some Aussie states. They got approval from the manufacturer. But who is approved to fit them? SuperPro make service items for a number of manufacturers so get approval that way. But home fitting isn't covered. I used to fit SuperPro bushes for a living; I have a been on a course! Can any home mechanic be held liable for their mistakes - of course. All I did - without the intention of goading you, was to tell the truth, as my experience and research see's it. It's your choice to listen or not. But don't get cross with me if you don't like what I'm saying. Go and ask those who do it for a living https://www.superproeurope.com/
  21. 2 points
    There is a 99% chance that this is a way to get the local government to provide more incentives. You do not become the richest man in the land by playing nicely.
  22. 2 points
    The blessed thing decided to put paint everywhere bar the engine, unless it was gobbed on in lumps that turned into runs. Much cursing. Followed by judicious wiping, a gun disassembly and fettle. Result, a nicely performing gun, first time ever.
  23. 2 points
    I would like to see it built in the UK....
  24. 2 points
    Just received a set of pink connectors for my speedo. Hope I can install them soon (within a month) together with my "new" engine....
  25. 2 points
    Oh and the kid's got me this
  26. 2 points
    I saw what you did there...
  27. 2 points
    Why this obsession with lifting a vehicle that will be used for road and the occasional bit of laning? It’s an expensive way of making the car less pleasant to drive, causes more problems with height restrictions like bridges, car parks, garages and tree branches, and as a new vehicle to you, you’ll probably be needing to save the money to spend on repairs and servicing that was neglected by the previous owner.
  28. 2 points
    They are sold under the Dominator brand as well. So well respected. The days of cheap Chinese copies are lagging behind us. Most Chinese winches are very good. But, like most Chinese designed stuff, not overly complicated. So no additional water resistant seals - like the TDS When one winch company does come up with a new idea it gets copied fast However I'm generalising here - Taiwan is probably the leading designer and manufacturer of modern, hi volume sales, winches. So China tends to acquire there designs - like with the TDS Here is a quote from a senior member of the Come Up sales team "I just want to let you know, the King-one has copied our cone-brake patents back in 2006.the Chinese woman in your post, she was the accountant staff in our China factory and has no mechanical knowledge.When she got fired in 2006, she stole our design and set up another winch factory. She purchased the same parts from our supplier in China. That's the reason why King-one products are so similar to our DV and Seal series.All the winch factories in China know this story" For us, the buyer, we get a selection of pretty good kit. But what changes is the materials. So the cheaper end winches are made form cheaper materials. Your Iron man winch is expensive because it's imported into Aus, then out again. And Iron-man is expensive in the UK - containers are expensive. I used a couple of these generic winches whilst in Aus last year. Perfectly decent bit of kit. But... the TDS is better. It's a better design, bigger main shaft, more water resistant and easy to get parts for
  29. 2 points
    Before you drain the old oil out, open the filler plug. (1) to let the oil drain more freely and (2) so you know you can get access to refill. Nothing worse than finding out you can't open the filler plug once the old stuff has drained out!
  30. 2 points
    I'm astounded by the fact you can see the reflection of the shiny shiny parts in the underside of the bonnet - my engine bay is fairly universally matt brown
  31. 2 points
    It was a long time ago now, 18-19 years ago, but I don’t recall any issues off reading with standard airbags. You’d have to mess around with the standard calibration to get one to pop off as you explain. Even then you can jack it up in that corner and pop it back on. Not sure what was wrong with your p38, but a bag popping off does not drop the whole car to the bump stops.
  32. 2 points
    FC and modern safety standards must be a tricky square to round.
  33. 2 points
    I'm sure that Evoque forum is taking up room. Mo
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    Right some progress. With basic brackets it all lines up very well. The power up and down is really really nice. I’ll look to pop a video up. Getting a slight twist on the table as it powers up and sometimes it needs a help to start coming down but I think a small power up then down sorts that.
  37. 2 points
    I almost couldn't agree with you less! Apart from " It appears to be rooted in teddy being thrown out the pram when they were told they (wouldn't) continue manufacturing the defender." Well, duh, there's never been a secret that that is the motivation. I'm sure they gave the body design a huge amount of thought. You can either go for lots of curves, curved glass, high-speed aerodynamics etc. or you can choose, like they did (and Mitsubishi, Austin, Jeep, Toymota, Datsun/Nissan, Mercedes and a host of others when they built practical off-roaders) to have a shape which is more functional at lower speed in tough conditions. That Grenadier body has clever folds to keep the flat-looking panels strong and light, big, flat glass for good visibility and a very practical box shape to get the maximum interior space for a given size (quite unlike the new Defender with its massively thick sides and roof). Time will tell how well that Grenadier design really is but history suggests it will work. Besides, isn't it more imaginative than the host of near-identical bulbous cars with tiny windows, which a heap of manufacturers put out as "suburban utility vehicles"?? Honestly, the designs are so unimaginative that you have to read the badge on most of them to see who made them!
  38. 2 points
    Yeah, that's about when I stopped following. About as done as Ross'
  39. 2 points
    Do you not think part of their brief was in effect to modernise the Defender ? I don’t think they would make it look like much else when that’s what Jim Radcliffe likes. I like it - but there again I like the Defender!
  40. 2 points
    Look can everybody stop hijacking my thread with cheaper and easier solutions please ? just kidding looks a great bit of kit. 🙂
  41. 2 points
    Worth noting, Terrafirm kit is cheap. Made to low cost in China, big mark up from the wholesaler, big mark up from the retailer. Quality is better than it was, but still averages 1 replacement for every 10 shocks sold.. The springs are very good - although the powder coating is carp. Better to look at OME - as Britpart import them now and have a good deal. The Devotech springs form D4x4 are very good As previously mentioned, the standard OEM is very good - especially the Delphi gas shocks (£16 each). Trimming the flairs works well - keeps your CoG better. I wouldn't bother with the 33/10.50 - I'd go 255/85x16. Similar size and cheaper - also fitted to Factory for some applications so homolgated for the vehicle.
  42. 2 points
    Not obsessed at all. Just curious actually.
  43. 2 points
    Interesting write up. Sorry to ask a bit of a negative question, but as the P38 was never produced with coil springs are you sure you don't need to get a dreaded IVA or similar?
  44. 2 points
    I have a customer with a td5 90 with that terrafirma 2" kit fitted. It is the second worst driving Defender I have ever driven and IMHO downright dangerous and unfit to be used on a public road. It puts my business at risk. It's all so cool looking until there's a child in the road. Genuine equipment is Vehicle Type approved and DOT tested and therefore Insurable. Modifying suspension is highly illegal on the continent unless it's factory supplied equipment and there is a reason for this.
  45. 2 points
    If you are infected you are spewing out virus with each breath and that’s before any coughs and sneezes. It’s going to be more and go further without a mask and be hanging around in the air. Inside, masks are way the to go. Everybody just keep their current germs to themselves.
  46. 1 point
    Came across this the other day, thought it was quite interesting, you don't hear much about Cummins in vehicles over here, although they seem to dominate small marine engines. Thought it might be of interest on here. Out the box engine: https://shopcummins.com/products/cummins-r28-turbo-diesel?variant=28164531421284 LR Conversion adaptors: https://quickdrawbrand.com/product/cummins-r28-land-rover-defender-crate-engine-with-complete-adapter-kit/
  47. 1 point
    Buy a couple of 1L bottles of EP90 and ATF with the pull-out flex pipe inside and you can use that to fill each 'box - you can get about half out of each before you need to refill from your big bottle. Basically you're buying the fluid and getting a free filler! You'll get several years use out of one before it gives up. This kind:
  48. 1 point
    Superglue the sheared terminal back in-place, then use the damaged alternator as the trade-in to get a new one at your local auto-electrical-parts-place! The replacement will at least come with a warranty [under the Consumer Rights Act 2015].
  49. 1 point
    Wes, I think the old Defender did everything so well that they didn't really need to innovate, as deep has so eloquently explained. What it didn't do so well was have a more appropriately powerful powerplant, keep the occupants warm and dry and resolve electrolytic corrosion issues. Hopefully their innovation has been focused in these areas. Mo
  50. 1 point
    Stock stuff will be perfect then. If you want improvement, get some decent shocks. Remember, the Defender was *designed* to go off road.


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