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  1. Hi Folks, Came across an article suggesting that stainless steel fittings can encourage catalytic corrosion. http://funrover.com/guides/8-jobs-you-should-be-doing-to-your-land-rover/ Not heard that before and wondering is that common knowledge/accurate? The article suggests using Duralac anti corrosive jointing compound or something similar. Again, not heard of this before. Have folk got experience of taking such precautions? Thanks, Simon...
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    mpg for 300tdi 110csw

    Hi There, 1997 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW with roof bars running Michelin Latitude Cross 750R16C on steel wheels. Tend to accelerate really gently, never run over 2500rpm, also as above, like to drive as though we have no breaks. Boring! Generally get between 28 and 29mpg as per pump. Once got 32mpg but that was on a long motorway run with a following wind. Driving around the Lake District with 8 people and ruck sacks has a dent though, getting then around 22mpg Simon...
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    Battery charging/maintaining with Anderson connector

    "starter inhibit relay" - Good thought. Easy to achieve too....
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    Seat belt extensions

    Useful to know. Have been considering something like this for the second row in my 1997 Defender 110 300 Tdi The original buckles only just protrude through to the seats once they have navigated their way through the dog guard and floor tray. As per OP, If anyone can recommend some for a 300Tdi, that'd be great.
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    Snow/Ice vs Tyres/Chains

    Think generally that this is pretty fair comment - no one wants to go looking to get themselves and/or others into problems. The intention of going over the pass was to get to the Wasdale YHA (a really stunning hostel if you've never been there before). We were based there for 4 days doing some hiking in the area. Anybody travelling to that part of the lakes appreciates that if you're heading from the North it's the quickest route over - although clearly not this time. What took me by surprise was how little traction there was on the road - the pass was not closed, not huge amounts of snow, the main problem being an iced up section. We did see a transit van come down before we started the pass and can now only assume that he must have turned back or got lucky coming up from the other side. Simon...
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    Snow/Ice vs Tyres/Chains

    "jeopardise control of the sphincter" - this for sure...
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    Snow/Ice vs Tyres/Chains

    Looking at Winter tyres, there seems to be choice stress. Currently sized using 750R16C on steel wheels. Can anyone recommend a winter tyre or where best to start looking? Simon...
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    Snow/Ice vs Tyres/Chains

    Thanks for the YouTube links. Will look at later over lunch. Not done much driving on ice so style or perhaps experience may be a big factor. We did deflate the tyres to get more of the edges and width in play. This may have helped. Feeling fortunate that we got into "trouble" early on as the road was at least straight, not withstanding a huge drop off to the left hand side. Having loss on control on a descent or with bends in play could have worked out a whole lot worse. Simon...
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    Snow/Ice vs Tyres/Chains

    Hi Folks, Apologies if this is the wrong forum. My wife and I made what turned out to be an overly ambitious attempt to cross over the Wyrnose pass (Lake District) with our 1997 Defender 110 300 Tdi last Thursday. On one of the initial steep inclines there was simply not enough grip on the snow and ice. A little bit of excitement reversing back down the pass. We had to hack ice off the road to ensure sufficient grip in places and stop some of the sliding. Fortunately my ice axes were in the back and the adze in particular came in really handy. Got my thinking about how to be better prepared. Better tyres – Had Michelin Latitude Cross fitted – Not strictly an AT/winter tyre. How much difference would better tyres have improved the situation. Is it really a night and day difference? Snow chains – It’s clearly an investment item. Again, would they have helped enough to have confidence especially on the descents. Defender was quite laden – Would being lighter help? Just looking for commentary on how much improvement tyres alone would have made versus going all out on chains. And even then with chains, does being on the ice become significantly less concerning. Simon...
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    Headlight wiring/relay upgrade

    Might be tempted by new bowls, although probably a nice to have as opposed to necessary. Was wondering about the quality of the reflective surface 20 years. My thinking being that most of the light is actually reflected forward than projected directly? Would not like to have to use the adjuster screws either as they look most definitely seized. It'd take some care not to strip/shear threads on the screws and/or the housing.
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    Headlight wiring/relay upgrade

    Interesting - not heard of headlamp bowls. The manual that came with our Defender stated to remove the lamps, bezel, etc... Assuming headlamp bowls are something other than the rubber boot that covers the headlamp.
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    Headlight wiring/relay upgrade

    Hi Folks, Appreciate this topic has been done to death before, i.e. headlights on a Defender 300 Tdi not being switched via relays. The topic is as old as time itself. However, really pleased that we've taken the time to undergo this project. So, here are some notes from our solution. https://pellylandroverdefender.blogspot.com/p/headlights.html Simon...
  13. Hi Folks, Have been running some new separate electrical cables for the front headlights on my 1997 Defender 110 300 Tdi. Upgrading with dedicated relays and new cable runs. Will post a link to blog on then once finished. However, when feeding the new loom (in conduit) from behind the heater and across the inside top of the NS wheel arch, noticed that the tape protecting the original cables had taken some abuse. That said, not enough to damage the cables (yet). Thought it would be worth posting this since trying to figure out these sort of electric problems can be tricky and this might be a common failure point longer term. To ensure indicator and side light cables not going to be at risk, have decided to cover this portion of the original loom with split conduit. Simon...
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    Heater Assembly on 300Tdi

    "but since the intake is just outside the unsealed bonnet, that wouldn't achieve a great deal" - Agreed. Thanks.
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    Heater Assembly on 300Tdi


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