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  1. Chicken Drumstick

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    On a different note, I have booked a test drive in the new Jimny for 2 weeks time. To me this is far more what I'd want from a new Defender.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Tcs worked. Especially with the dark p38. It wouldn’t have driven through the axle twister if not. But the older systems don’t always seem to work first time. You have to back off the the throttle completely and try again. Same with the Jeep JK system. You can hear the tcs in the p38 from inside and it flashes the light on the dash when active. I have it in my p38. Although mine is 4 wheel rather than the earlier 2 wheel system. But I don’t have it on video.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Maybe not the best vid for this. But one I had uploaded. At 3 min there is a DSE p38 with rear axle tcs. You can hear the engine revs increase when it’s in use and no power is being cut. There is a bob tailed V8 p38 at the beginning Of the vid. I think it too has rear tcs on it. And again you can see when it goes through the hole the engine revs aren’t restricted by use of the tcs (when the left rear wheel spins at 1m 12sec).
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    No arguments from me. I admit I’m not so familiar with the newer stuff. The older tcs systems don’t reduce the engine output, other than through increased load that is. But no actual cutting of the power.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I don’t know for sure. But my expectation would be the tcs would behave differently in the different terrain response modes. As well as a difference between high and low range. @Red90 do you know if they were in low or high and what mode they were using for the terrain response in the LR3?
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Off road TCS shouldn't be cutting engine power, it only applies the brakes. At least that is how it works on my p38a and on late model Defenders.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Jeep's Quada Drive II system looks appealing, the TCS controlled some E-diffs, rather than brake force distribution. I guess this sort of thing would work well on any new Defender.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    It's funny how traction works out sometimes. I recall we were problem tracking an issue on my brothers 90 the other year, we decided to lift the bonnet off and drive up the field to a steep muddy ascent on the off road course. And put it in low 1st and let it tick over, we hoped it would just sit there and spin the wheels in the wet grass. With diff lock out, it would slowly climb the slope. With difflock in, it would just spin two wheels and stay where it was. I think with the diff open, it was almost like a dumb tcs system, and the diffs slowly allowed power to easily be applied to one wheel at a time. Which kept varying, with the centre diff locked, of course the front and rears were forced to rotate at the same speed.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Range Rover uses a viscous centre diff and can't be locked. Makes it very good when working for most things and a better turning circle off road, but as you found out, no good with a broken shaft/prop. This would be true for p38a's and some classic RR's too.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    TCS (in most cases) is a substitute for a limited slip diff, not a full locking diff. It has many advantages over locking diffs. Primarily in the fact it requires no user intervention. It also allows you to retain your steering lock, full diff locks, especially at the front will give you the turning radius of a starship. TCS is also good for changing conditions, such as running in snow, slush and wet tarmac. Full diff locks are also a bit of a blunt instrument, as they will force the tyres to spin at exactly the same speed. This is mostly good, but can cause issues at times. I'm not knocking full lockers, they are brilliant at what they do and for specific off road use. Which is why they are optional on all modern Land Rovers for the rear axle since the D3 (except the Defender). For most people I suspect front and rear TorSen ATB's with TCS would prove to be a more usable and superior solution, but would cost more.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Road based cars might do this. But a proper off road tcs shouldn’t be removing power. Quite the opposite in fact. To make it work you’ll need to accelerate a bit. Some numpties can’t drive and will back off the power as soon as the tcs kicks in. Maybe this is what you’ve seen?
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    Anyone used a KV6 in a Landy?

    I hear what you are saying, but I was hoping to find a fairly "bolt-in" option, without lots of bespoke bits. The T-Series seems ideal, just hard to source these days. If a KV6 could be used instead for only marginally more effort, but allowing it to retain fairly standard drivetrain bits, then all the better. And it would seem a nice option. Personally I've not heard much bad about the KV6 either. I think early handbuilt ones had a few production issues, but the 825 Sterling we had never missed a beat and then was owned by someone local for many years afterwards. My brothers ZS180 was likewise fault free. The KV6 is a pretty awesome engine. It shares next to nothing in common with the 4 cylinder K-Series, although I like these too. The KV6 is supersmall and compact, even for a V6. It's shorter than a 1.8 K-Series and doesn't weigh much more either. It might not make the highest headline power output, but it is only 2.5 litres. 177bhp/180PS, but they have a lot more torque than the 4 cylinder engines. And I suspect with a few mods would fairly easily be provoked to around 200hp. Powerwise this is a solid 3.9/4.0 RV8 territory. As for fitting one. Research so far has suggested that the O/L/M/T Series engines and KV6 share the same bolt pattern. Although I can't confirm this. This would make sense as they all mount to the PG1 gearbox. I'm not sure if the PG1 has a traditional removable bellhousing or not, being as it's a FWD gearbox. I know the M and T Series have both been used with the LT-77/R380, although I'm guessing this is done by a specific bell housing? Anyone able to confirm if a Discovery Mpi bell housing is unique to it or not? On the assumption of the above, I do wonder if you could use the MPI bellhousing and mount to a KV6.
  13. With all the talk of engine swaps recently. And the talk of the T Series. It got me considering if the Tdi in my 88 was the right choice. It does everything I want of it. Apart from one thing, it’s bloody noisy! I’ve tried a few things to make it better and yet it is still hugely too unrefined really and loud inside. I use the vehicle a lot, and often for long journeys, touring or laning. I would truly love to get the noise levels down. Sadly it seems finding a T Series engine is a lot harder than it used to be. I’m sure there are still some out there. But I didn’t find any the other evening when looking. My brother then said what about the KV6. He had a ZS180 and our Dad had a 2.5 Sterling 800 with such an engine. And they where fab. I know both the KV6 and the T Series mate to the PG1 5 speed gearbox. Does this mean the KV6 will also mate to something like an LT-77 or Series LT-76? Anyone done or seen anything like this? I’m pretty sure the KV6 was only ever installed transversely which might present other issues. Although a Land Rover engine bay is pretty spacious. Thoughts/info?
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    LR4 halogen main/high beam - anyone fixed it?

    I think that is only the headlight lights, as in dip beam. I think the op is saying about main beam. I'm not familiar with the lamps on the D4, but if main beam is a separate lamp/lens, then they are probably static and don't adjust. I assume that it maybe also switches off the dip beam when main beam is activated (many cars do). Which means the road directly infront of the car isn't illuminated very well with main beam. If the main beam is pointing at the tree tops, then there may be some other issues going on, I had this with one of the lamps on my X-Type Jag. I could see nothing wrong, no damage and all fitted, but it pointed very high. So something must have happened to it. @ThreeSheds - I'm not sure changing bulbs will solve the beam profile/direction issues. I know people like to claim HID/LED won't focus the same, but the reality is, they will probably be 95% the same. If you can't adjust the main beam, maybe you can mod the wiring to keep the dip beam lights on if they do switch off. However, if you spend a lot of time using main beam in open countryside. Then maybe it's worth looking at some additional lights, a mix of spot/flood lights or a light bar (these too can have a mix of spot and flood beam pattern).
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    Land Rover series 3 starring weal

    weal1 /wēl/ noun a red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure. MEDICINE an area of the skin that is temporarily raised, typically reddened, and usually accompanied by itching.

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