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  1. All sounds very good! For allround driving and getting there, you probably can't do much better than an ATB. And I was thinking exactly the same thing as you: an ATB with on-command full lock would be so sweet! Much like the ATB centre Ashcroft offers for the LT230. Filip
  2. You can check the compressor via the blue line. If you get pressure there, put the shop compressor on the blue line to check for leaks and correct operation. One step at a time, you'll get there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Filip
  3. Has anyone (besides journalists and JLR personnel etc) had a chance to see the new Defender in UK? We got a viewing (invite only, but didn't seem to be to selective) last weekend, I believe the Netherlands also had their chance and the vehicle is now heading to Eastern Europe. Seems strange the UK would be left out?? Filip
  4. Al, the Defender is definitely more like a Lotus Elise, a TVR would be way to plush and powerfull (and not as easy to drive). ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, the bare bodywork inside the Elise does remind me of my Defender with the floormats etc removed. Couldn't agree more on the touchscreens. I was playing with a midsize rental excavator a few weeks ago and spent about half an hour going through all the menus in an attempt to have the radio play some rock or metal instead of schlagers... Filip
  5. I'd get the starter rebuild, if you can find a good place locally. A lot cheaper and will last just as long as a new one (possible longer given the poor quality of some current items). Filip
  6. Thatโ€™s exactly my point. Iโ€™m not knocking the new Defender as a vehicle. It looks great overall. And I can weโ€™ll see me owing one as a used example in years to come. But it would be replacing my Range Rover or a Discovery. It would not be replacing a Series or proper Defender. I agree the new one isn't really a replacement for the old one. Although in the 21st century, a lot were bought as lifestyle vehicles and not for their working or offroading capabilities. My point is that the Jimny can't be compared to the old/real Defender, it's certainly no better replacement than what JLR have designed. It may look familiar, but it's no working vehicle. Fun to rent while on holiday on some island, or throw around a pay and play site, yes. Less suited for everyday work, think big Ifor trailer on a muddy construction site, something the new Defender will handle easily. Or even just a horsebox on a wet field. Filip PS: I wanted to counter your claim the new Mini R50 was a small car (I always call them Maxi), but I stand corrected. It's actually shorter than a 90 and lighter (in base form) than my Esprit...
  7. Try http://new.lrcat.com/ Most is in English
  8. Outer edge of the cap: 80.8mm, inside edge of the rim: 69.5mm. Measured on a Vogue with rubber(ish) center cap.
  9. I too am curious about the 2nd level of terrain response and just what it will allow the driver to do. The guy at the presentation seemed knowledgeable enough. But he also realized he wasn't going to sell me one, so concentrated his attention on a yuppie couple that was in the car with me. They seemed far more interested in all the gizmos on the touchscreen I was moaning about... He did claim the screen would be easily operated even with wet/dirty/gloved hands... I'm sure the Defender will feel special to drive. You have the command driving position I love about (most) Land Rovers. And it didn't feel so heavy like a RRS (mind you, I can only comment on the perception inside a stationary vehicle, we were told we'd have to wait until May before we could drive one. But we could already order one and sign a cheque...). Really a different league to the Jimny, that felt like a small and cheap toy when I tried one earlier this year. It'll probably be fun in it's own way, but really can't be compared to a Defender. The new one is clearly designed for long, comfortable drives at good speed, much like the first Range Rover was a huge step up from the Series. Filip
  10. Did you replace the injector seals and O-rings? And check the wiring loom for oil? Filip
  11. I got to see the new Defender up close today and take a seat behind the wheel, all stationary of course. It pretty much confirmed my expectations. It's overall quite a nice car, I like the design cues from the original like the rear door. The rear LED lights are not to my liking and look even stranger in real life. The front does look OK, modern but with more or less traditional layout. The dash is better than in the Tdci, but I hate the touchscreen (I always hate the things) and can't believe that will be of much use offroad or with dirty hands. Then again, everybody seems to want the bloody things, so it's only logical they've put one in instead of nice sturdy buttons and a DIN radio. I was surprised there's no separate button for the terrain response, you have to use the temperature dial after chosing the right setting on, you've guessed it, the touchscreen... The electronic diffs can't be selected manually, you just have to hope the terrain response makes the appropriate choice. The brochure mentions the settings can be customised, maybe that will prove usefull. I wasn't convinced by the driving position, a bit lower and more laid back than expected. Which strangely made the interior feel less spacious than in the TD5 we drove there. You do get ample room for your arm and shoulder and even a place to rest your elbow without opening the window. Gearstick seems well placed despite looking like a it was taken from a van, but as it's an automatic it's rather pointless. Exterior looked clean and well finished, the checker plate actually is a plate, not a sticker. Front bumper is too low, but one of the packs includes a cut-off version. The towing eyes are a nice feature, a lot easier to reach than the old ones hidden under the bumper or rear crossmember. I'm baffled those can pass pedestrian safety regulations! I have no doubt it will be a very capable vehicle. It was presented on GoodYear Wrangler muds on 20", I'd prefer smaller rims but they did look the part and will get the job done. A lot of nice and well designed details in the interior, like grab handles and luggage hooks. I'm sure there will be a lot of potential buyers. I certainly wont be one of them, too modern and too detached. Again, I'm well aware I'm far from the audience LR has aimed the Defender at. Still feel a bit sad it's not the icon it could have been, and at the same time happy to have owned a Defender TD5 while it was still a driver's car instead of a lifestyle statement. On the new one you can get an 'urban pack', to help you tackle the school run. I guess that says it all, no doubt it will be a very popular option... Filip PS: I must stress I don't want to come over as to negative. I really do think Land Rover did a good job, it's just not for me. And time will tell if they can convice a lot of new customers, or just compromise Disco/Range sales.
  12. Do you need the diameter inside the rim, or the outside diameter of the cap? I can measure both, but not in the Shop until tomorrow. Filip
  13. With an LT230 in difflock, the handbrake trick should work fine. But I'd be carefull with a viscous centre diff as you don't want rear braking bias on a steep descent! Just feathering the foot brake would also give you better control, unless you're well trained in using the handbrake on the move. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Filip
  14. Paul, Snagger is right, if you have both wheels of an axle off the ground, you should be able to turn them through the open diff. They will of course spin in oposite directions and some resistance will be felt, but not too much. You should certainly be able to spin a wheel fast enough to check for sticking brakes, bearings etc. Filip
  15. That's not entirely accurate. The P38a autobox does have a different shift strategy in low and high, and will use lock-up when possible in all gears when in low, instead of just in 3rd and 4th. The manual mode allows you to hold a gear, preventing the box from shifting down while in low. In high you can only limit the upshifts. This can be quite useful as you often want to hold a gear while crossing some sections. I can also echo @BogMonster in that with an autobox I sometimes have a hard time to determine if the wheels are spinning (and digging) or it's just the torque convertor. Never ran out of power though, and the upside is you can load the torque convertor to get a better start. Still prefer a manual, which is why I'm going through the (considerable) trouble of converting my P38a... Filip
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