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  1. Chicken Drumstick

    Petrol engine conversion

    But it’s the push rods that allow them to be so compact. Really can’t see an issue with it. It’s not as of OHC is only a 21st century invention. Both Chevy and Dodge build OHV V8’s neither based on old designs. And can employ displacement on demand, variable timing and a host of other things. They also represent some of the most powerful production engines on sale today and often with best in class mpg as well. GM actually ditched their Northstar DOHC V8’s as they just didn’t offer enough benefits. And the Northstar is easily equal to any Jap/Euro V8. The last variants of them had 100,000 mile service intervals.
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    Petrol engine conversion

    That is a rather blinkered and naive view to be quite frank. The LT as in LT1 and 4 used in the C4 era Corvettes is a completely different engine to the LS series. They share no common parts not even the same firing order. The LS1 was launched brand new in 1997 as a 5.7 litre (346cu not 350cu like earlier engines) as a clean sheet design. Variants of this engine are what are in production today. Up to 7.0 litres, supercharged, dry sumped and a host of other attributes. These engines pull fine at revs some have a 7500rpm redline. And none feel like the run out of revs or breathing. Have you actually owned or driven any LS powered vehicles? The 5.7 versions I’ve got make peak torque at 4400rpm. But make over 95% of that torque from 1500rpm. They also respond very well to being modded. N/A for street use they can make 90bhp/litre. And then most are 6.0 litre or more that is rather a lot of power. Or you can super/turbocharge them. The OHV design means they are less tall and less long as DOHC designs. Making them much smaller overall. They are also generally pretty good on fuel and make very good performance numbers.
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    Venturing off road again.......

    This one did ok at the ALRC National. Capable drivetrain. But it’s big and bellies out quite a lot getting beached. It did take a bit of bumper damage though.
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    Petrol engine conversion

    How much does the Nissan V6 cost? Guess there are a few used ones about. Sadly not many used LS engines unless you import them. Found in the Monaro, VXR8, Corvette and Camaro. Steel block LQ variants found in pickup trucks. Crate engine prices are pretty good though. If you are going new. I have two LS1’s, both in Camaros. Agree on the Lexus V8. Although no off the shelf adapters to easily install in a Land Rover. I have one of these V8’s sitting on a crate. Just not got around to using it.
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    Petrol engine conversion

    Would be better off with a Chevy LS V8. Lighter, more compact. More power, more tunable, lower centre of gravity, cheaper to maintain and already established as a potential swap engine with adapters to mate to Rover gear or transfer boxes. V6 on the right:
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    Ashcroft ATB on road

    You should be able to notice the diffs on road. But may not. Depends how you drive really. Fwd cars like a Honda DC2 Integra Type R or Rover 200 BRM have front TorSen diffs that work largely the same as the Ashcroft units. You really can feel the diffs working in those vehciles. Which when under cornering make them tuck in tighter in the bends. Rather than push wide. They also reduced one wheel spin (usually inside wheel). This happens less with 4wd but is still possible in a Land Rover with open diffs. At the rear it will just be like any other 4wd/rwd car. And again reduce inside rear wheel spin. Cars like a Subaru Impreza run a centre and rear LSD. Overall the ATB’s should be better in every situation. Be it on road, gravel or proper off roading. But you should feel the front one through the steering a little. But not in a bad way. If you are going to the cost of getting these and you do a lot of gravel road driving I’d be tempted to look at the LT230 ATB also. As for off road use. My Uncle has the ATB’s front and rear in his 90. It will walk through axle twisters that can stop open diffed 90’s. This is a slow mo of my brothers 90 on a good axle twister. If you go too slow it’ll stop it quite easily. The 90 with the ATB’s has less suspension travel and doesn’t flex as well. But will literally drive through on tickover without being stopped. You can just feel as the diffs kick in. Sorry no vid of the ATB’s in action yet.
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    Petrol engine conversion

    I like the boxer engines. But there is little benefit over fitting an RV8. The V8 will make a fairly easy 200hp and is a bolt in job. I suspect a 2.0 litre Subaru turbo engine would be no better on fuel. Just a lot more expensive to fit.
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    Video of Land Rovers off roading

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    Anti-diesel measures in the UK - magazine article

    And on the flip side look at all the new diesels being launched in America.
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    sand tyres ?

    Do you have any links for the YouTube video? Bit of a mine field as I don’t know what I’m looking for. Ta. Also not sure if your last paragraph is aimed at me or not. I don’t know what 70 year old tyre designs you are referring too. Nor how you can’t air down with tubes??
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    sand tyres ?

    Maybe. Maybe not.
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    sand tyres ?

    Well with all you experience. Could you point me to a reference or some example vehicles where narrow tall tyres are the choice for sand driving? I’m a little devoid of dunes local to me. But I live in a part of the UK with lots of different soil types locally. I typically run 7.00 or 7.50 tyres as they dig in deep due to being narrow. This was evident in the field only a handful of weeks back when it was later logged. My lighter 88 on 7.00’s left fat more pronounced and deeper tracks than my brothers heavier 90 running 31.10.50’s We do have some sand soil nearby too and a number of sand quarry’s. Conversely having driven narrow tyres at those locations they generally perform badly digging in too easily and sinking far more rapidly. The wider tyres we have generally have perform much better on the sand.
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    sand tyres ?

    Sidewall rigidity will depend on the make/model of tyre more than the size. And the compound. A 285/75 will have a longer and wider footprint aired down than a 7.50
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    Land Rover Legends May 26-27 in Bicester

    It’s sadly the wrong weekend. The ALRC National is always the Whitsun bank holiday in May. https://www.alrc.co.uk/NationalRallies/2018/2018index.html
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    sand tyres ?

    I can’t see 7.50’s being a good sand tyre size. Airing down a wider tyre will also give a longer footprint exactly the same as a narrow tyre does. And there should be no additional risk of the tyre coming off the rim. Arguably tall narrow tyres will have more tyre roll so probably more likely to come off the bead. A simple Google for “sand tires” shows fat wide tyres often with paddles. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sand+tires&rlz=1CDGOYI_enGB590GB590&hl=en-GB&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjBiOroipfbAhXLCsAKHVeBA1kQ_AUIEigC&biw=414&bih=660 on soft deep sand you don’t want to be digging in you want a degree of floatation.
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