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Everything posted by BogMonster

  1. It's hearsay, but once upon a time there was a chap here with a Detroit in the back of a Discovery Tdi, and I was told that he took it out because it had a very nasty habit of making the vehicle go straight on when you got to a corner on a gravel road. Most of the roads here are gravel outside the town.
  2. ...or you can order a pegged P38 diff from @Hybrid_From_Hell which solves that problem
  3. Correct, my Tdi is a 2006 model year, I bought it just before the Puma came out in case I didn't like the Puma. So it has the late axle fitted to all post 2002 vehicles. Coincidentally I also bought a late Puma in case I didn't like the next version ... which proved to be a much better judgement
  4. Thanks, that's what I thought. I think it'll get put in the wife's 110 with std shafts, as I now have a pair of spare original shafts anyway. Might stop some of the grumbling that I've got the toys while she is the one that drives off road the most
  5. Did you go for the shafts as well or are you running standard? I have a spare ATB centre and now a spare rear diff, but I don't really want to fork out for another full set of bits for the other vehicle.
  6. Finally ... all done! I splashed out in the end, because it's the vehicle I use for 'going where nobody has been for a long time' trips, which if something broke would generally involve a very long walk. It (my trusty 300Tdi) has also still only got 35,000 miles from new, so I decided it was worth investing. Final shopping list ended up being two ATBs, a full set of Ashcroft CVs, shafts and drive members, and after a bit of thought and "what the hell" I ordered a fully built up and pegged P38 rear diff (with an ATB in) from that Mr Barker that pops up on here occasionally. The front was the original 2 pin diff fitted to the vehicle when new, which had broken its 2 pin centre years ago, that was dragged out from under the bench, polished up and I fitted the new ATB centre. Because it's easier in a proper workshop, I wanted them fitted, and I don't have a lot of tinker time, the whole lot was then fitted at a garage a few weeks back. First impressions - the diffs haven't really been tested in anger yet but I like them. Steering effect is 'noticeable' but just different - and may loosen up with a bit of use. I've just come back from a 300 mile or so trip, most of which was gravel roads and off road, and you just adapt to driving it like you adapt to driving a vehicle with raised suspension where the steering doesn't quite feel the same, and very quickly you don't even think about it except when you get in from another vehicle. Off road, I haven't tried them in very tough conditions yet but faffing around on steep, loose or undulating slopes, the difference with the ATB is considerable. With diff lock in, it just goes up. Diff lock out, on the sort of grassy incline that would spin a front wheel out almost immediately on a standard vehicle, it still goes up. If you provoke it, the fronts will break traction but they'll work at it, and it almost feels like traction control trying to stop the wheels spinning. Any sort of slope where there is loose rock or undulations that would set off a front wheel spinning (usually followed by the opposite rear) - no problems. Sometimes you hear a slight gear noise (which I assume is the diff centre working) but it carries on with almost no wheelspin at all. I haven't figured out how much differential wheel speed is needed to activate the diff centre but it would appear very little - you never get aggressive wheelspin of the sort that you need to activate ETC for example. Cresting a cross-axle, the sort of thing where opposite corners would unload and spin out, it just doesn't. It's all rather like just having Velcro on the tyres. So far - I like them a lot, and especially because they're always there and working. It definitely looks like the right choice for 'real world off road use' - I suspect it wouldn't be for trials/competition where half the day is spent with wheels off the ground and a full locker would be superior. Now, an ATB with a full locker also built in ... would go in my Ibex one day After the late decision on the rear diff, I also now have a spare ATB, and just need to decide what to put it in
  7. If you need more engine braking from an auto you can always pop it in reverse and feather the throttle I don't like them much personally, but there are benefits in other conditions, so some good some bad. I find with an auto in the conditions here, in soft ground where you need quite a lot of power it is very hard to judge when the TC is slipping and when the wheels are spinning in slippery heavy going, but that's a different problem.
  8. That's probably not a bad template. The older live axle Bruisers were built like a tank.
  9. Bit of a shame about that track rod geometry, if that is what it is (it looks like it). The reg number on the vehicle in front doesn't come up on DVLA.
  10. No it doesn't. Bluetooth is carp. I've never had anything that 'just works'. And I don't keep music on my phone, I want to listen to local radio a lot of the time not my own collection. Other people can bugger around with wireless technology if they want, I just want a wireless in the vehicle!
  11. De-contented is fine. Give me something with power steering, electric windows, central locking and a wireless, a heater that works and preferably aircon, and I don't much care about the rest. 3.0 straight six BMW diesel or 2.0 flymo engine that's even branded as an "engine...er...um"? Er let me think about that for .... about 0.3 seconds The biggest risk the Gren will have is early sales, others waiting to see if it takes off or flops, and not wanting to risk getting stuck with something that goes out of production after a year or two. I hope it's a roaring success.
  12. I rather doubt that modern common-rail systems can be cleaned in the way one might have dealt with older engines, but I may be wrong.
  13. No use here. The outside of all vehicles even on road is usually covered in corrosive muck off the roads through the winter months. A permanent live on the outside of the vehicle would dissolve in no time. The 'rufty tufty awf roaders' who carry their high-lifts on the outside of the vehicle always amuse me, if you did that here it wouldn't work after a week without a full stripdown
  14. I hope not ... if you think Brexit is gonna be bad for the economy, wait until after the Argies have put the lunatic party back in power in October and you'll see what an economy in freefall looks like Inflation to date this year is about 54% ... and that's with the sensible (ish) lot still in charge (just).
  15. Have seen this happen before with air getting into the fuel. It could be anywhere in the system but one weakness on 200Tdi, not sure about 300, is that the metal pipes that go in to the top of the fuel tank get pinholes in with rust. At idle, fuel flows through, as soon as you increase revs the lift pump sucks harder and draws air in, and then it cuts out.
  16. Hmm. Will check the sockets with the meter. I have two Defenders, a Shogun and a Thailand-build ROW spec Ford Ranger, so they may not all be the same. Otherwise I'll give up and just stop being lazy
  17. Cig lighter in both mine is switched off the ignition, so wouldn't work with that off.
  18. I can't get the videos here but for sport I have just been through the configurator. Ignoring the price for a moment the configurator tells the whole story. You have options like "off road tyres" with no detail on size, type, tread (look more like ATs at best) - no useful info, and designed to appeal to people that will select that option without having any idea what they need, or even if they need it. It's all aimed to be digestible to the target market, which is people who think they need something but know nothing about it. You have an electric deploying tow hitch FFS. And most of the rest of the configurator is filled with page after page of utter lifestyle tat that is massively overpriced and, if Land Rover history is anything to go by, usually not very good quality. No wonder it's running about 10 years late, most of that time has been spent building the accessory list. £45k for a base spec model with steel wheels and a silly little 2 litre engine? Nah. Just not a chance. What a shame. What an utter shame. It's what everybody predicted really. A lightly tarted up DC100 which somebody has let the mad engineers and the madder marketing people loose on. It's no Defender.
  19. It is always windy, but actually less annual rainfall than much of the UK I believe. It's also a lot cooler (more like Shetland) because we're sat in a cold ocean current coming up from the Antarctic, whereas the UK has the Gulf Stream. Doesn't bother the battery charger though
  20. Er yes... Latitude is the same as London so daylight hours are the same season for season, I would guess on average there's probably more sunshine hours than the UK - and it certainly has a lot less smog to carve through 😛 My father runs his farmhouse off-grid using a solar power array and it produces about 10% more than the rated maximum output in direct sunshine. I just leave this 30W energiser panel plugged in for a few days (it's weatherproof and regulated so won't boil the battery) and it's charging wherever I park it - which is usually nowhere near mains power.
  21. Ta. I have a repurposed solar panel from an electric fence energiser which keeps my tipper topped up If it needs work to the vehicle electrics then I won't bother, it was an attractive option to charge Defenders in the garage without taking the seat out.
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