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  1. TheRecklessEngineer

    OT - Any IT / Computer Whizzes On Here?

    I'm just going to drop this in here: http://aaisp.net/ Andrews & Arnold. They're not cheap, but they will give you the highest speed that's actually possible on your connection - not the one BT says is possible, but what's actually possible with the equipment installed. Also, many other perks. No throttling, and "XKCD/806" compliant.
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    Adjust premium sound system volume after changing head unit?

    No, but if you can work a soldering iron then it'll save you £48.50. All you need to do is solder some wires onto those tabs.
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    Adjust premium sound system volume after changing head unit?

    £50?! All you need is one of these: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/10k-andohm-miniature-linear-dual-gang-potentiometer-jm81c
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    2.5 NA Diesel Pump Help Please!!

    I seem to recall these pumps are a pig to prime. My approach would be to crank it hard with the throttle hard down until it (hopefully) fires. If that fails and you're still not getting any fuel to the injectors then it's time to look at the pump. edit: One thought - do check that the stop solenoid is powered when cranking. There have been cases of electrical shenanigans.
  5. Yes! Easy start/propane etc (or for the Aussies - 'start ya person I'm not that keen on') is only suitable for use in a petrol engine. Into a diesel intake will cause horrendous knocking - and if starting from cold then it's before you've even got oil in the bearings. If you've got nothing else, then sure - but if you're going to carry something then take a blowtorch. I've found a propane torch on the inlet manifold makes starting a reluctant diesel in very cold conditions much easier.
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    Wheel stud spinning - cannot remove wheel

    It sounds like you're going too fast with the drill bit. A 14mm drill bit into a pilot drilled hole shouldn't take more than a few mins to get ~50mm deep. Take a look at this: https://youtu.be/Z2fNS4nkP-c?t=2m01s Notice how slow the drill bit is rotating. If anything, you want to be going slower for 14mm. Lots of pressure, take it slow and the bit will just chew through the material. I find a cordless drill on the 'slow' setting perfect for such things.
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    Megasquirt missing/ dieing

    I've used standard audio cable for the VR sensor on every MS installation I've done. It works great.
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    glow plug sheered in head ideas?

    And I did the same with a Volvo V40. Never had an issue (well....it did put a conrod through the block but I don't think that's down to glowplugs)
  9. Seen the Luka EV? http://www.lukaev.com/about-luka.html For an expedition vehicle - suppose you strap ~5kW of solar panels to the roof and unpack them when you make camp. Would probably take at least a day to recharge, maybe 2. But then if you're doing an expedition, where's the hurry?
  10. Good point. The 2.25 diesel heater plugs are in series IIRC. The TDi is in parallel. Pretty sure the current for the TDi glow plugs is much greater than the 2.25. I never bothered to wire mine up when I did my conversion actually.
  11. Sounds like a dirty connection somewhere to me. I'm not familiar enough with the wiring - but look for something common to glow plugs and starting.
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    whats the fascination?

    No one's mentioned electric drive yet. (Ducks for cover. )
  13. TheRecklessEngineer

    whats the fascination?

    Something that I don't think has been mentioned is the enjoyment of actually doing the conversion. Certainly for me, taking and engine that is horribly worn and underpowered and replacing it with something to make the vehicle better* is a very satisfying experience. And one that I'd wager that I share with a good many engineers and 'tinkerers' *better can be subjective, objective or a mix of both. I like to think I'm mostly objective, but there's always an element of subjectivity if I'm doing the work myself.
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    How noisy should a Fuel Injection Pump be?

    Remove the return line and run a short temporary line to a container. Start engine, observe flow. I can't say I've ever done it with an LR engine, so I'm not 100% sure what normal would look like. I'd take a good guess and say that it's OK as long as it's a reasonable flow and not dribbling out, or full of air bubbles.
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    How noisy should a Fuel Injection Pump be?

    How is the fuel out of the FIP? If there's some restriction internally then it won't flow out like it should. But we're into the internals of the FIP at this point - I'd be happy to point a finger at it. DIY overhaul isn't impossible, but there are plenty out there who will do it for you.

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