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  1. chadler

    Rapier missile trailer

    The trailers are long gone. Everything GKN/Sankey-based was replaced by penman trailers. Rapier as a missile system is due out of service in a couple of years as western has posted but the Rapier trailers were for the original towed launchers (Field Standard B) that went out of service over 15 years ago (replaced by the FS C model)
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    Headliner Fixings

    Thanks, my roof is an early externally ridged roof, no inner ribs so might need a bit of DIY I've got the defender parts manual here but can't see what the rear grab handles are anchored to?
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    Headliner Fixings

    Hi, I just bought a genuine defender headliner, front and rear, to install in my D reg 90. This vehicle originally only had a front headliner (I believe there was never an option for a rear headlining for van-bodied vehicles without alpine windows?). I'll be installing it without any of the other rear trim pieces window surrounds etc. Anyhow, my question relates to what fixings or brackets are needed to secure the headlining? The front section uses the rear view mirror and sun-visors but what about the rear? Above the rear door, newer defenders have twin grab handles that fix through the headlining, what are these attached to? Nut plates? Can these be bought as a separate part The two interior lights - do the backing plates with studs fix to the metal roof and have a role in retaining the headlining? Any advice, pictures and part numbers would be appreciated.
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    Heated screen and rust!

    That repair kit is for rear screen heaters with exposed elements, no use at all in fixing heated front screens with their integral elements unfortunately
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    Defender 50th anniversary Air Con Question

    The odd thing is that I have another defender to compare to, and all of the fixing screws on the wiper cover on the 50th are accessible, I've removed them all but it still won't come off. I think that the air con unit must have a screw that goes through into the wiper cover: can't see any though! (null)
  6. Hello, I have a 50th anniversary edition V8 90 and need to access the windscreen wiper motor in the dash to fix it, however the normal removal process often dash end trim is complicated by the air con fitment. Does anyone have experience or a diagram if how I can remove the wiper trim cover with this in place? Thanks (null)
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    How to distinguish rear hubs (drum brake type)

    Do you mean you've snapped one of the wheel studs? If so then why not just remove the hub, bash out the snapped stud and fit a new one or one from your replacement hub.
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    Steering column removal

    Yup, centre punch and drill them. You'll probably find that they come loose quickly once you start to drill and you can unscrew them by hand.
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    Heated front screen

    Where are people buying their screens from please?
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    Bulkhead Hole ID

    Front and rear washer tubes methinks
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    Chassis wows - need some help/advice

    I would look at it from the point of view of a post-incident perspective. If your vehicle should ever be involved in a serious accident and an inspection is carried out to assess contributing factors; then I think an IVA/SVA certificate to prove that it wasn't your radical alteration of the suspension that caused the accident would be a good thing.
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    Diesel Dipping - Testing VOSA

    For the sake of accuracy it is worth noting that it is not within VOSA's mandate to test for or to apply penalties for red diesel. That is the responsibility of HM Revenue & Customs. These two agencies will often operate joint check points, but they are looking for different things.
  13. Mine have the flat part of the hinge mounted to the top horizontal surface of the wheel box. Two M8 bolts into a spreader plate underneath in the wheel arch.
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    Brown trouser Moment

    although you're of course quite correct...before you head down the bash-the-police road, I don't think that it is unreasonable that a police officer who witnessed the axle detaching itself from the vehicle in front and then crashing into a field should stop and take a passing interest in what happened. It sounds like they looked at the facts and made a sensible judgement that it was an accident. Glad you're ok Jeff, that can not have been a pleasant experience!
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    Snorkels (200tdi) - confused!

    I think that the quality issue to which you refer is the difference in sealing style between the 200tdi and 300tdi Safari Snorkel. On the 200tdi variant the snorkel merely seals to the wing of the defender on the outside and relies on the factory air piping moulding that goes to the air filter. This is less than ideal in that it is impossible to ensure that this set up with all it's joint will not leak, and even the smallest bash to the wing can break the seal to the snorkel. On the 300tdi variant, they designed the snorkel to have a moulded circular internal diameter that pokes through the wing vent hole, so that a custom pipe can be securely jubilee clipped onto it and routed directly to the air filter. This is possible due to the increased space available on the RHS underwing of the 300tdi, on the 200 the heater installation precludes this. I have also looked at possible gold-standard solutions to fitting a water-tight snorkel to the 200tdi, and the best bet to my eye looks to be a southdown snorkel with a single pipe that connects from it to the (sealed up) air filter canister.
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