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    I agree on both counts, but could it be argued that the shape has been copied by those other makes because it was instantly "right" and iconic out of the box? This is similar to what has happened with big brands that got it right first time; Hoover being a generic term for a vacuum, Google when searching on the internet regardless of search engine being used. Brands have legally lost the ability to protect their copyright under these kinds of situations, it might be LR are just too late. I know that there are probably 50 pages of argument to be had over that as the LR is in itself a copy of the Jeep (as much as it might pain us to admit). Even the "iconic" Range Rover owes many design cues to the Bronco, so it's probably best LR don't lean too much on this sort of reasoning. The Jimny manages to look like all of the serious 4x4s in one shape, G Wagen, Jeep, Defender, even a bit of Land Cruiser.... I hate to say it, but I do want one. I hear they're rubbish on road, which only strengthens my yearning.
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    Reading the Sunday Times, JLR have lost the right to copyright the Defender shape in court this week. Reasons given were that it is not "iconic" enough, and only 20-40% of people could recognise the shape as being a Defender. So this leaves the door wide open for Ineos, but also anyone else to create a near-identical vehicle. In an odd way, this does strengthen JLR's argument for the new Defender. If what they've been making is not iconic, they are not ruining their heritage by changing it. Their lawyers are going to chase this one for all it's worth though, so I doubt they see it that way. I am not someone interested in the "investment" potential of the vehicle as so many who jumped on them in the last few years have been (and are now rapidly having their expectations readjusted by market forces) but if Ineos is can make a product that is to all intents and purposes a Defender with improvements, that has to have an impact on both the old and new vehicles.
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    Check that the adjuster pawls are actually retracting and they're not caught up or rotated incorrectly inside their housing. Also check that it's free to move in the backplate. It's really good practice to remove and strip the adjuster assembly when renewing shoes - it usually needs it. I've been caught out with this one before!
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    It does look like it unlocks with a key, so the faff probably wasn't worth it? It's a poor design: Clearly awkward to use; it would block even more of your rearward visibility, on a car that is already challenged in that respect; and I bet you'd hate the wind noise/drag while revelling in the alleged 129 m.p.h. your 400 h.p. engine and 22" rims would allegedly allow on certain European roads!
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    Took the covering off today, slab surface seems good. Fairly smooth and pretty level too so I’m pleased with that. The edges aren’t too great where the DPM lapped up over the shuttering, but it’s all strong enough. Got the brickwork bits in this morning and have been setting it out, ready to start laying the bricks tomorrow.
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    It's a Freelander isn't it ? Don't we have a forum already for those ? Mo
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    I *was* going to suggest wrongly positioned plug leads, but I had assumed that had already been checked
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    The seals are easy enough to fit. It's the retainers that require the patience of a saint, and er... "language".
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    Note: Front corner of the seat box where it meets the sill . Series one 88” For many a year I designed sheet metalwork for heat exchangers and I’m sure the side is off (or the front panel) The sill has a relief pressed into it to take the bottom edge of the front panel. Looking at the complete seat box assembly the front edge that screws to the floor needs to be lower than the side edge that bolts to the galvanised sill. I don’t see as I am as far off as I have seen today? I used the old part as a template? Conclusion is that a new side needs to be a few mm shorter than the original. I fixed it the same they would have in the factory, I hit it with a hammer and a block
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    Did you mange to revive the BeCM?
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    The only reason I can accept for killing the Defender off is really to do with its very high build cost. The man hours to assemble it are many times that of a Range Rover, that they can sell for heaps more ££££££. The shape from a pedestrian POV is invalid IMO. As already mentioned Merc's G class, and Suzuki's new Jimny are more or less just as unfriendly to soft tissue. The emissions excuse is also invalid. LR has previously fitted newer and cleaner engines, so no reason not to continue with that. It's all about profit, which I can understand any business wanting to make. Just a shame they can't be honest about it. I am keen to see what Ineos comes up with, although I'll still stick with my 33 year old 110. It's economic for me to do so
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    Finally got round to 'finishing' this off,even though it's not 100% finished, I need to add more switches/gauges yet, but it's painted, fitted and being used! More than happy with how it turned out and it's exactly what I wanted!
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    That was always my assumption. Even if the engines have changed completely there is no reason why a current model pickup or van could not be adapted fairly easily. The Ranger is in any case still being sold with a "2.2 TDCI" engine which appears to be the same unit, though I believe the UK versions use adgoo now.
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    Just two courses. Quite a frost last night - hopefully it has survived under its blankets!
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    Yeah, I see! Thanks for this. That's good news.
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    Everything was checked and cleaned and still no joy.... UNTIL !! The grinder took about 1-2 mm off the end of the feet that clamps into the adjuster, took a skim off the edge of the brake pad section just at one lip. Bingo !!
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    You may have to grind a mil or two off the feet of the shoes so they sit slightly more retracted.
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    Thanks, I’m inclined to leave it alone if it looks reasonable. I will get it on a dyno in the new year as I think it’s the best approach and it will stop me constantly fiddling!
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    Not to digress too much from Dave’s thread - but that’s interesting. My 80 has 4.3 diffs, series gearboxes, 6.5 instead of 6.00 tyres, and a tdi - and it feels lovely. You can drive it and build the torque really smoothly - It just needs a 5th gear. I tried it with a 3.54 diff and it was awful, really awful. Besides making the 4 speed box feel like a really inflexible 3 speed box with overdrive - it (what I called) lugged in the gears, made me cringe.
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    If it came in a blue box there's a fairly high chance its poor component quality.
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    I'll tackle this tomorrow, but in the meantime i loosened the slam panel bolts and there was some real tension there ! while doing that i saw the right wing straighten itself... It seems the left wing when connected to the slam panel was pulling the right wing to the left
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    Morning Nick, Thanks for the heads up on that. Appreciate it. It's still raining here, so the tools are on standby, as it were, and attempting to squirrel away spare money ( Christmas coming thick and fast )., to get this job done and out of the way. ...( Until the next one, it is a Landy afterall !!! ). As for playing the good samaritan , you can rest assured that, that was never my intention. I was quite happy at the time watching a dvd , with a cup of tea, and my feet up in front of the fire, whilst it lashed it down outside and totally oblivious to what was happening in Sheffield. However. by the time i had reached her car, the streets were full of people asking for help,... It was chaos. I never fitted a snorkel because i always thought it would spoil the aesthetics of the vehicle. Obviously now,..it would have been a good idea, but that;s hindsight for you. In fact..if it hadn't been for the stupidity of the lorry driver, the landy would still be ok. Oh well..lesson learned. Cheers Nick.
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    This is mine in a Mudstuff heater locker, photo shows it with the top removed. The cubby sits on top of it. The pump is on the offside chassis rail and the fuel connection is a Tee into the suction line from the tank to the engine - 300 TDi.
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    Most estate or saloon cars should suffice then
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    Abderzander, Yes i can see that now. Having said that, i was always told to take injectors to a specialist and to NEVER get your fingers in the way as the pressure from the pump can prove fatal. I certainly would never have thought about turning the injectors upside down to inspect the spray pattern, apart from which, i would be visualizing the pattern in real time as opposed to slow motion. i suppose , that their must be 2 trains of thought here, 1, Why didn't the injection specialist pick up on this and 2 Could their be a minor difference between Testing them on a bench and real time operation when in situ on the engine, whereby it could cause enough of a difference to the smoothness / running of the engine. I wonder how many of us amateurs have ended up playing with the injection pump timing in an attempt to getting the engine to run sweet,....i know i have ,and i don't mind admitting it. So in some respects. this video has made me stop and think in the future. Always get a second opinion as we can, and do, make mistakes. DC, I've seen a couple of his vid's. Very good. But lord £230 for an injector, that's £920 WHAT !!! Surely that can't be right. .... Ok £230 for 4 Genuine Injectors i could understand. I liked the fact it took him a couple of days to sort it out,....kind of gives people like me , a little hope and to stop beating myself up when i can't solve a problem straight away, A bit like now actually. It reminds me of something my Dad used to say when i was younger..( Nobody is good at everything but were all good at something, ...so collectively we can always help each other ) A bit like this forum!!. All the best mate, and try not to enjoy the snow TOO MUCH when it comes up there ha ha. Dave.
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    rule of thumb is 0.1l per 1kw of heat per hour ,
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    I found it absolutely hilarious to see that bloke standing on the back tyre to access the roof rack - while leaning on the ladder provided for that purpose!! That aside, these are the first genuinely "in-use" pictures I've seen. Disconcertingly, it looks dated already.
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    Sounds like you need a luxury SUV Tanuki! Land Rover make lots of those ! In fact they don’t make anything else ...
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    The 720 number is the continuous maximum specified by Garret for their turbos. Nobody really knows what is the safe maximum. A lot of people run much higher and are not destroying the engines. 720 is probably a nice safe temperature to run fall of the time. What boost are you running?
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    Oh and the exhaust https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173830804171
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    What a great example, you can see how little twist there is in that photo by how straight the door shut lines are.
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    I never understand why you guys in the USA want a diesel Land Rover. The only reason we run diesels over here is down to our very very expensive fuel costs and the fact the diesel is a fair bit more frugal. But that is pretty much the only reason to want to run a Land Rover diesel. They are slower, a lot less refined, a lot more noisy and less powerful than a good rover V8. And generally with a worse weight distribution too. I'm not knocking the diesels, in their own right they are good engines (I run a diesel Land Rover and have had multiple examples). But a Rover V8 Defender is far superior at almost everything. The only real negative for the V8 is they tend to like water less than a diesel if you are doing a lot of wading.
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    When the 300tdi came out in. Late 1994/1995, some late 200tdi models had rear disc, you can swap in a Discovery 1 or Range Rover classic rear axle to get rear fiscs
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    Yep. Never ever had an issue opening and closing doors while sitting on two wheels.
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    Very unusual for regs change to be retrospective! This was, after all, correct operation for the period. I suspect the testers conversation with the helpline was coloured with their (I'm still sure incorrect) interpretation.
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    Remove the fog lamp for the test... Can't fail if it isn't fitted. Mine doesn't have one at all. Only a requirement after April 1980
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    Naks, for all the faults of the old (real) Defenders, chassis stiffness was not one. Given how your past garage stuffed your rear diff and appeared to have bent an axle (if I understood other comments correctly you had a bent axle that you attributed to LR, but I doubt they sent it out like that), do you not think that any chassis sag or buckling your vehicle may have had in their care was not because of a design issue but because they dropped it off a lift, likely buckling that axle at the same time?
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    The GL5 I use [Lodexol FS 75W-90] is fully-synthetic and rated as safe for transmissions with 'yellow metal' components. I think the 'thing' about GL5 not being OK for such gearboxes was from 25 years back when GL5 non-synthetic oils were first introduced and some of them included lots of sulphur/phosphorus compounds [Zinc dialkyldithiophosphates?] The stuff I use doesn't stink like the old high-sulphur "EP" hypoid oils.
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    Turn it the other way around and it has Nige's middle name -"ow"!
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    I've seen worse. I had an escort that when I acquired it had a manual switch under the dash to operate the fan fitted by a 'professional' auto electrician to deal with a persistent overheating problem, caused by the fan not cutting in, that he hadn't been able to solve. Not only was the original problem solved in minutes by simply replacing the failed thermostatic switch in the coolant pipe, but the bypass had been wired entirely with bell wire - taking the full current through the fan. The switch itself (similar to the one above) had survived, but the entire run of wire was blackened. Utter miracle it hadn't set the car on fire!
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    No suitable washers easily available at work, so will see what I have in my M8 fastener stock in my garage, OD let me down again 4 times morning, it's not doing itself any favours with me, but once it grips drive is OK, would be good to see what's going inside when it's working.


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