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    probably the quietest series in the world..... Honest....

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    derbyshire, shropshire,and west mids...

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  1. "jeep" 😂 You can find yourself applying all 567BHP of a SVR engined bulldog on desert tracks! I wouldn't want to do that in a 90 though!
  2. in a defender 90, you wouldn't want a great deal more. In something longer, or with modern chassis and suspension engineering you can get used to much more!
  3. not long now. if anyone asks.. it's important work!
  4. perhaps could you rivet together a bracket, instead of welding?
  5. I don't know a great deal about the details of air filtration. Only that OEM's make the best filters for their own engines. I would however suspect that the rubber mountings especially these days are more to do with NVH than with keeping the filter clearer of dust. It'd be interesting to make an experiment that would compare rubber VS solid mounted, but I wonder if there are too many factors to account for? One thing to note is also the weight of the filter and housing. Solid mounting that weight off an engine would probably require rubber mounts in order to reduce the effect of fatigue due to vibration. Mounted to the bodywork I personally would see this as less important
  6. I'll leave you to determine my 'hard off road' experience for yourself.
  7. While access in that particular body is yet to be seen. if you look inside a D5 V6D you can practically stand in there with it. Failing that, the subframes with engine and box fitted can be removed from a body in a couple of hours.
  8. The new defender has been seen, and well documented, on these hardest US trails in bog standard form. No need for 35's and lower pressure? correct. which whether we as off road enthusiasts like it or not, drives their concentration to making it extremely good on the tarmac. They seem to be doing so whilst not neglecting the off road ability and requirement to be able to do so (More because of history than actual market demand). Which, to me at least, is quite admirable. And D4's, which this lines directly up behind by my judgement of the market I have. Morocco, Spain, France, Portugal, etc. Now that (for the most part) is something I definitely agree with. IMHO they made quite the looker with the L494 Range Rover Sport. I really quite like its styling. the Big L405 RR too... But they seem to have latched on to that face, which doesn't suit the other models so well having been squashed, stretched and pulled about to fit. I'm actually looking forward to the full unveiling of the new defender. From what I've seen so far it may be the first step away from that Range Rover styling in the last 6-7 years, but built on a platform that to me at least has proven to be more than adequate.
  9. Close enough, Development Engineer at Bowler. The TC system is highly advanced, as - is the torque vectoring system. (basically one and the same) It does take into account steering input, engine load, engine speed, wheel speeds, current gear, pitch, yaw, Rear and center E-diff status (Locked-unlocked and everywhere between), steering angle and hundreds more.
  10. Long enough, I also race in Ultra4 Europe, so I get the big tyres/Lockers/massive flex argument. But many of these features are hardly applicable to a consumer level fleet vehicle. My current job also contrasts this whilst still remaining in the off road vehicles sector. I don't have a figure of how many miles and/or types of terrain I have covered off road, but it's enough to take a good grasp on what is suitable for use by a large consumer market.
  11. The bonus to leaf springs, is they allow you to carry extra paving slabs in all occasions, just on the off chance they might come in handy.. it's not to make it ride better.. honest 😂
  12. that is completely untrue: the transmission takes hundreds if not thousands of factors into account to determine what it should be doing. and it does it bloody well. Now I'm not an auto guy. Much prefer using a manual gearbox but this particular transmission is about as good as they come. Ask Jeep, Dodge, Audi, Bentley, Toyota, Iveco, etc etc.. the list goes on. Indeed. There are mud tyre options for all land rover wheel sizes. And nothing stops you fitting smaller rims. Granted, you can't currently fit 16's yet but then for what its worth I'd prefer 18"s than 16, not because I use my car as a chelsea tractor, but for the extra stability while towing. and you can still get as far on 18" wheels. That wheel and tyre package would be selected for the 99% of the market who want above all else, good road manners and long tyre life. If you're that 1%, there are options. I have also been in a situation in a D4, on a wet grassy slope with a trailer on where I had to uncouple a series, on mud tyres and pull the trailer out. The D4 was on road tyres. we can all find and post as many videos or examples of the old cars winning, or the new cars. The internet is full of both, does it prove anything? you could always go and buy a new Jimny if you wanted?
  13. I'd agree. with the standard tunnel and an enclosed console on top you have the opportunity to use that space for a lot of sound deadening/proofing. The tunnel especially at the bellhousing end is one of the largest sources of cabin noise in a defender!
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