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  1. miketomcat

    ibex 300 build

    The teardrop on the bottom is a standard land rover chassis lashing eye. The M16 bolt centres are standard towbar. Mike
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    ibex 300 build

    I was hoping for that I don't want it to break. Mike
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    ibex 300 build

    The base of it is 10mm angle with an 8mm lashing eye welded on the bottom the two 10mm webs. The smallest part of the ring is 18mm x 12mm so I'm hoping that should be man enough to hand a winch on. It will be bolted on with two M16 bolts. Mike
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    ibex 300 build

    So this is what I've come up with. Mike
  5. The check strap and striker plate are different but can be swapped. Mike
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    Defender 200tdi part left over from engine build.

    Discovery 200tdi. Mike
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    Opinions and experience of radiators

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F120848747995 Is the one I bought. I'd buy it again only because it's Ali and cheaper than brass tanked. When I was looking you could get brass tank ones for less than your quoted recore but you do need to look carefully. Mike
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    Defender 200tdi part left over from engine build.

    Just looked at the parts book I've never seen that on the turbo side. However I have seen it under the back outboard bolts on the pump side. As retro says sometimes there is a lifting eye there, sometimes the spacer you mentioned and some have nothing at all. I'm pretty sure the three 200tdi's I have (all disco engines) have all three variations. Mike
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    Opinions and experience of radiators

    I bought a budget all Ali rad off eBay. The quality is quite good but it's about 3mm taller than it should be therefore it's a bit snug in the frame. However the bigger problem was the bore of the oil cooler fittings I have had to drill them out from 5.5mm to 9.5mm because it was causing a low oil pressure issue. I've also had several plastic end rads all have been less than great. Overall brass tanks or top end Ali rad is the way to go. But I would buy another cheap Ali rad as I now know what to look for before I fit it. Mike
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    If you want defender esk there are two companies that spring to mind one is German, hideously expensive and looks similar to the second company. For those that have no idea what I'm on about g wagon and ibex. I obviously have the later but I'm a luddite and built a truck with almost no electronics. The f8 can have all the toys you want with good engines sound deadening etc etc. The g will do the same you just need a mortgage to buy it. The defender is dead accept it. It will not be replaced. JLR will build something to complete in a market place that consists of crew cabs, pick ups and utility wagons. It will be as good or better than the competition. It will not be a defender replacement. I love the classic mini for similar reasons to I love the defender. The bmw mini is not a mini it's a damb good car but not a mini. The best 4x4 land rover ever produced is actually a discovery 1 it saved the company from bankruptcy, went everywhere the 90/110 could, was warm and dry, quiet and comfortable. The freelander is surprising capable it will cope with way more than you think. It's far better than a defender in the snow (mind so is d3, L322 onwards). Over here there rarely isn't another line to take. But the key thing is fridge is comparing it to a stock defender on road tyres. Yes ruts will defeat a freelander. But cross axle will defeat a defender. So on balance there is little in it but it's not a fair comparison anyway. A D3 on the other hand is a different matter....... I'll stop rambling and go now. Mike
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    My only thought to any of this is. I did a VIP day at gaydon years ago whilst there I saw several jags parked up with chuffing great holes in the bonnet. Poking up through these holes were air suspension towers that were never going to fit any kind of jag. The following year terrain response appeared. My point is the body is more than likely a butchered something else, the exhaust is probably fake, the suspension is perhaps freelander because they're actually testing a seat and steering wheel. I won't believe any of it until it looks like a prototype vehicle we haven't seen most of before on other model. Even then it will probably be a fake. I do want to see the replacement, I am looking forward to it, but I'll never own one so it doesn't matter to me if it's a rebodied freelander with bigger tyres. Mike
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    X2 Issues to resolve please

    The hose you mentioned sounds like the breather from the rocker box to engine side of the filter housing. If so a small amount of oil from this hose is normal. If it's lots of oil ie enough to put a puddle in the intercooler then you have a serious problem. Basically excessive pressure is forcing oil out of the breather. This could be anything from a blown head gasket to knackered rings and can lead to a run away. If you remove the T box flange to replace the mud shield bear in mind the oil can escape while it's out so either have a pot handy or tilt the car back. Mike
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    Synthetic Rope

    I have Marlow ropes. In fact the one on 45 was on there when you last off roaded (it needs replacing now). Mike
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    ibex 300 build

    I've got my winch switches fitted front, rear and dash. Next on the list is a front recovery point. This presents a small problem. My ibex front crossmember is tubed for a tow bar but it's off to one side, covered by the valence and even if I cut a hole obscured by the number plate. So that rules out all normal ball and pin hitches. TSD has some swivel shackles that mount through the lifting tubes. Whilst this works very well it's not the most elegant solution, needs the valence removing or cutting out and I can't find them anywhere. My plan is a short length of 100mm x 65mm x 10mm angle cut to clear the number plate and purtrude out of the valence. This will have some webs welded across the angle with holes to match the tow bar bolt pattern and a hole for either a shackle or big enough for the winch hook. Mike
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    ibex 300 build

    I do a fair bit of towing but not that much. Mike

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