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  1. Planar looks to be a bit more reasonably priced (https://planarheaters.co.uk/shop?olsPage=products%2Fplanar-diesel-heater-2kw-12-volt-kit) and there are some very worrying knock-offs going about on ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5000W-LCD-Air-Diesel-Heater-5KW-12V-PLANAR-for-Trucks-Motor-homes-Boats-Bus-UK/192596307855?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D55149%26meid%3Db211f9fd6ad740fda87c2eba98aa6afd%26pid%3D100505%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D192596307855&_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226
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    headlight bulb upgrade options

    Another vote for Osram. I installed them on my 90 a couple of months ago and couldn't believe the difference. Same wattage as a standard bulb and because they have a filter on them it removes all the yellow light and gives you a nice clean white light. Beware of higher wattage bulbs - i put some in the wife's mini a few years ago and they totally overpowered the reflective pattern and i lost most of the light diffusion which made them useless. Bright, yes, but also useless.
  3. Sounds like something i need! Is it one of these beasties: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WEBASTO-THERMO-TOP-C-5-2kW-2-5BAR-12V-40W-00-0012-02-1146/253977514621?epid=25025785679&hash=item3b223d527d:g:kOoAAOSwEwhb6bx0:rk:11:pf:0 ? Any pics of the installation? How does the remote start work?
  4. +1. I like the idea of a diesel pre-heater but the cost of Webasco/eberspacher is annoyingly high. A second hand one off fleabay is a risk as well so i think i'll stick to a pair of gloves for the time being.
  5. Forgive my ignorance but i'm new to diesel heaters....does it take a spur from the main fuel line or do you have to have a mini fuel tank onboard somewhere?
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    Steering box adjustment or UJs & bushes

    I don't mean to hijack your thread here but would worn panhard bushes cause the vehicle to jump across the road when you hit a pot hole/bump whilst going round a corner? It's a new trick my 90 has recently learnt and it's terrifying!
  7. paime

    Sticking down rubber check plate

    When i did mine the matting itself was quite heavy so a bit of double sized tape holds it all in place. It's a one-piece mat though so i imagine if you cut it up to fit different surfaces then i'm not sure it'll work. I also wouldn't go for anything too permanent as you'll want to take it off and clean/dry the floor every so often.
  8. It seems like a therapeutic job once the matrix is out so hopefully it won't take too long and i won't lose any knuckles in the process.
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    Winters coming

    Forgot to add, how does it fix to the side panels? I've got a 90 TD5 so not military spec.
  10. I'm going to give the earth a good going over this weekend and hope that it helps. Interestingly enough my brother's TD5 has also been struggling to come up to temp recently so i'm wondering if it's just the weather. It's been -5C these past couple of days and this morning it was a balmy +6C and she heated up no bother. Also planning on giving my heater matrix a bit of TLC so we'll see how that goes. I found a couple of guides on here and nobody has been particularly enthusiastic about the task!
  11. paime

    Winters coming

    Cheers! Seems pretty good value. How's it holding up?
  12. paime

    When will it end?

    Respectfully, i have to disagree with you here. The new 'Defenders' (and i'm using that term loosely) are so far removed from what an actual Defender is like to own, drive and utilise that i reckon it will actually increase the value of our motors. There will certainly be people out there who will buy the new one and think they're part of the club (will anyone here wave to someone in a new Defender btw?) but all it will really do is keep the brand name in focus which will, in turn, make the older ones even more desirable.
  13. Cheers guys. I've suffered from a bad earth from the ECU in the past so i'll start there. Is it worth getting a radiator muff for it anyway as we move into winter?
  14. Cheers Bowie. What sort of running temps should i be seeing? The gauge is an original from what i can tell and can't see any fiddling with any of the wiring behind it either. It's all very strange!
  15. As the weather starts to turn up here in the frozen north i'm noticing my TD5 is taking longer to get up to temperature. It's always run a little cool but the needle is barely moving on a 20 minute commute through town. On a longer run i can get it up to temp but if i'm on the motorway then i can only get about 1/5 up the temp scale. The strange thing is that whenever i press the accelerator the needle dips slightly so i'm wondering if the gauge might be the issue. I've checked for the usual head gasket failure signs and there's nothing to note and i've also changed the thermostat about 6 months ago so i'm ruling those two out. No obvious leaks in the system and it holds coolant just fine. Is it time for a radiator muff or should i be looking at that gauge a bit more?

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