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  1. Get some MUD rails to sort the seat out. I have them in both mine and they utterly transform the driving position for me. It's now got more legroom than any of the other vehicles we own.
  2. Yoo Ess design philosophy summarized beautifully
  3. Are you sure the clutch centre is OK - have you tried putting some torque on to it? I have (though not often) seen failed once which look OK but the centre will spin under any load.
  4. Looks like a D2 by the door handle shape
  5. I am amazed that didn't fill up and just keep going down!
  6. My tongue was slightly in my cheek about the coloured option No, I don't have Extreme Orange springs, genuine springs which last much longer!
  7. White lettering must always be on the outside, assuming you bought a decent tyre like a BFG, and not some ****ty remould copy, Nankang dingaling or something or other, in which case go and stand in the corner! Behold the sheer magnificence: Now wondering what the coloured ones would look like though....
  8. Product placement, probably a fleet of a few dozen vehicles is marketing gold with the right customer. Red Cross, RNLI, maybe even the AA. Of course they'd take them if they were free or super cheap. At one point Land Rover used to more or less give away vehicles to high-profile Foreign Office posts in certain target countries so the Ambassador etc would be seen in a Range Rover. There was an interesting FOI request on the topic a couple of years ago which I was reading at the time. LR get the marketing clout, the FCO get a super-subsidised vehicle.
  9. I don't think it does. Both the articulation and the ground clearance claims are almost certainly nonsense. The ground clearance might be 'technically' more but you're comparing the point clearance below a live axle diff to basically the whole of the underneath of an independently sprung vehicle, so when fully articulated (assuming the cross-linked suspension concept like the Discovery has) the inside end of the compressed suspension arm is probably going to be very close to the ground. The reality is that most of the live axle vehicle has much more clearance, which is obvious by looking at it, and is what matters when you are picking your way over hostile rocky ground. Look at the suspension geometry of something like the military Hummer (1/3 arm, 1/3 frame, 1/3 arm) to see what you need to engineer to give real clearance (and as far as I remember even those don't have spectacular articulation). I'd like to see the Defender with suspension fully extended and fully compressed to see what it looks like but the Utah photos and video didn't suggest a lot of travel. Exhaust: yep. It is probably a casualty of packaging and is probably the best they could do (and in fairness, better than the D3 effort which was very vulnerable at its lowest point). When it ends up sitting on the exhaust bellied-out, it'll get squashed and either come off completely, or suffocate the engine. The old suspension was durable simply because you can clout a live axle on a rock and get away with it most times. I don't believe the same is true of any independent suspension system and certainly not if it uses aluminium arms - in fact a relatively modest impact could write off the vehicle completely if it twists the attachment points. We'll see. The problem is, simulating killing a vehicle in three weeks on a 6 axis tester is basically bolting it to something that hammers the suspension up and down mercilessly. It doesn't rev the engine and drop the clutch, or bash the exposed bits on rocks, or any of the other things that happen when you're pushing the limits in real conditions. Ultimately your last point is what has defined the vehicle - despite the brochure, it isn't really designed to be taken off road and worked all day every day, and if it was built like a Hummer it would be too expensive to produce and unnecessary for the 99%. All of that can be summed up in one question really: will the Army buy it?
  10. IMHO he speaks the truth. Really? Not sure what the other vehicles (and other marques) are like in UK style off road conditions, but for pushing on in the Falklands (which means 3rd/4th and sometimes 5th in low range and boot well down) I'd take a Defender over anything else. Discoverys are just big fat barges, with body roll that makes you seasick and front suspension that bottoms out far too easily, and with vicious kick from the anti--roll bar in rock-and-roll terrain. I honestly don't think anything else I have driven in or been driven in comes anywhere near a Defender, though the big Landcruisers seem to ride well if you spend £1000s on the suspension setup and lift them so you can put bigger tyres on.
  11. Are you sure? I reckon another 10 or 20 pages just to make sure
  12. Right now, somewhere in Solihull, somebody in a big flouncy shirt is going into meltdown and shouting "WHY DIDN'T WE THINK OF THAT!!!"
  13. I'd look at the Maxxis range for that sort of use. Not sure what patterns (if any) are available in that size though. You might find 245/75R16 or 255/70R16 are alternatives to consider, if changing as a set. Both will fit.
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