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  1. I have a compact M18 Milwaukee 1/2” impact wrench and an M18 drill. All good, but the compact wouldn’t undo fastened (torqued correctly) wheel nuts and harder stuff, even though it was rated to 300NM. It’s size is great though for getting into most things and it’s relatively light for long use. So when I wanted a beefier impact wrench I found the Makita ones better specified and cheaper than Milwaukee, even though it meant a battery system change. It didn’t for me as I’d recently bought some 36v (2x 18v) Makita tools for gardening. So last year I bought a Makita DTW1002Z - £190 body only at that time with a discount, available then at £210. As said above it’s a lot heavier, so using it upside down under a car will be tiring, and it’s bulk sometimes limits it use, but it loosens everything first time, or it snaps it off 🙄, even M12 nuts. There’s obviously not much to pick between them, but if I had to settle on one make after using both, I’d go Makita.
  2. You should be ok with 10% thinners, that is what I have used. You’ll get a light texture if you use a primer tip, 1.8/2.0. Use a something like 1.4, and flat back the primer and you’ll get a completely smooth finish like any other top coat, albeit super hard. I tried some test pieces on some ally plate and you could hit it pretty hard with a hammer or screwdriver without damage. It will certainly take some off road abuse ok. I think for liners, upol recommends the Schultz gun to achieve the full textured finish as it gives better protection to shock impacts. Remember that it contains isocyanates, so suit up, use gloves and an air fed mask, even when mixing up. cheers, Steve
  3. Not the best light, but again I think it looks ok...
  4. It may be polyeurethane based, but that’s like saying enamel paint is like 2 pack. 🙄 I don’t think it looks too bad...
  5. That will be too low temps. You wouldn’t want to paint it below 15 degrees c.
  6. The same person that came up with the idea of having the 130 be just a longer version of the 110 (same wheelbase) and push it further up the price range. 🙄 Also, the same person that axed the pick up version, despite them claiming it was coming, even last year.
  7. Most likely this. Waiting for Neil to add his thoughts too 😉
  8. Agree with you there. At the launch of the Jeep you get the designer talking about how they designed the arches so that owners could fit 35” mud terrains, at Defender launch you get McGovern spouting on about verticality, durability and solid panels above the wheel arches to give solidness 🙄🙄🙄 In the US, at least, the Jeep is well priced too.
  9. My fav pic so far... Not to be outdone by the Chelsea tractor company, get me some wood... And some tasteful chequer plate effect all over the place...
  10. Not sure why it took 8 years to go from this... to what’s been launched. Looks like a mid life facelift of the original DC100 design that was slated so much at the time. It will be interesting to see how much incremental sales LR gets out of the Defender. I suspect it more likely to grab sales from Discovery etc. than from competitors.
  11. The first car to win the Paris Dakar outright in 1981, and winner of car category at the first Paris Dakar in 1979. You should also find out which idiot signed off using Morris marina door handles on the 4 door 😉😉😉
  12. WTF is with the paint effect chequer plate, 😱 now that it is a design step too far. It also encapsulates what the Defender has become for LR, essentially a Discovery with Defender design cues, and the branding that embodies adventure and all that is cool and great about that. 🙄 Interesting to see whether it results in incremental sales for LR or just eats into Discovery 5/Sport and Evoque sales. You kind of feel that with a price tag of £40K plus it won’t stack up against the competition from other manufacturers, so it will have to sell mainly on image. Something the Evoque has done well for LR. Expect to see a lot of Defenders on the school run and in Cornwall throughout the summer months 😉
  13. You could use suspension spacers instead of longer springs, and then use standard range rover classic springs. Remember that with the softer springs, you’ll get more roll, and with the extra height you may not find this desirable. One way to find out though 😀
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