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Everything posted by Daan

  1. I could get used to that. Is there a short wheel base version planned?
  2. I reckon she is an improvement, If recent press of Alex Salmond are anything to go by.
  3. If your box is an lt77S, the difference in strength is negligible. I prefer the LT77S for offroading, as reverse is next to 1st and 2nd gear.
  4. I like the trailer light check function. Offroad, with those tyres you cannot expect much more than he did there. Ground clearance is the main enemy though.
  5. I'd say the fact they went shopping for things like engines, gearboxes and axles will have a large effect on the price. to develop an engine, you look at a 10 figure cost, which landrover has to absorb in every car, and even they don't make that many. And yes, depending on how much time it takes to assemble a grenadier, the price will be the biggy. Less than a defender I would have thought.
  6. I must say, the styling is probably as close as you can get to a defender without JLR taking you to court. I think the end result could be quite promising. The wheel arches could probably house a 35" tyre without too much butchering, and thankfully none of this low profile tyre BS that stops us having any decent chance to go offroad properly. The bottom could do with stuff moving upwards: That suspension mount makes a defender elephant ear look small, and is that an exhaust or a fuel tank? Anyway, I just get the grinder out to cut it all of for the long arm suspension conversion when the time comes. I think this car has potential and might be the next big thing in offroad circles. Daan
  7. I suppose the shock absorbers don't fit either? The springs are going to take a set, so it needs a bit of weight and some decent articulation to get the to sit right. If they are too arched, maybe longer shocks and a spacer. From what I gather, reseting springs tends to be not lasting the laife of the vehicle, and it will eventually, years later end up as it was.
  8. Oh dear, bit of a bump in the road, but you are already making the right moves for a recovery. To be fair, apart from the rear tubular outrigger, none of these would make it particularly unsafe. I'd say think about some rust prevention to preserve what you have in the future. Daan
  9. The TD5 PTO looks a lot longer from standard, so clearly it needs to miss something. I cannot picture what it looks like underneath, but this is what a TD5 specific PTO looks like: https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrE1xSE9tleUp8AuktXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0N2Noc21lBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNwaXZz?p=landrover+td5+pto&fr2=piv-web&fr=mcafee#id=2&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lr-winches.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fproductvariantmediaitem%2FIMG_20150302_124335.jpg&action=click I used a freelander prop for the fixed bit and an MGB prop for the slider. no vibration with this. They are much larger in diameter so more difficult to package, but a much nicer engineering solution. I also clocked the PTO, redrilled the flange so you can rotate out of the way, so it does not stick out below the chassis. Important if you are planning to take it offroad. I fitted a duplex chain, so double the strength compared to standard and a bigger shaft at the bottom. But for the standard winch this is not needed. Daan
  10. Is the spare key still present? In this case Timpson key cutters can do it. Check their website, as not all the outlets do remote kar keys.
  11. I would start with fitting the PTO, and see what is in your way with regards to exhaust and mounts etc, then work your way forwards with the shaft. mounting the winch itself should not be a problem obviously. I do remember the TD5 being quite a bit different in the PTO area for the winch.
  12. If you have space, you could just buy it, leave it for 10 years, and ebay it again, certainly better than putting money in the bank at the moment. Bits are no problem by the looks of it: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Range-Rover-Classic-Spares-Large-Amount-Of-Parts-In-Stock-Breaking/114227030831?hash=item1a98762b2f:g:dD0AAOSwjMBcftB6
  13. I have read mixed reports on increasing the boost on TDIs. From what I gather, without the large intercooler, it is not doing the engine (or turbo) any good. This company has been around for many, many years, and does not recommend touching the turbo pressure unless you change the turbo for the stage 2 version: http://www.allardturbosport.co.uk/index.php?page=Defender-and-Discovery-200-300-TDI Also, the boost pin does nothing to improve your power, it just allows more fuel to be injected momentarily under acceleration. The max fuel delivery of the pump does not change. I have removed the function of the boost pin by winding the screw in completely. Turbo pressure is unchanged as is fuel delivery. It just means if you put your foot down, your fuel delivery only depends on throttle position and RPM, rather than Throttle pos, RPM and boost. I am very happy with this setup. I want the engine to last for a long time, so any other mods are not really an option for me. Daan
  14. True, but you can still have the hydraulic bump stop I think?
  15. This one? https://racecarsdirect.com/Advert/Details/107212/bowler-v6-110-defender-race-car Interesting to see that Bowler does most projects with a single damper on every corner; I like that much more than the Ultra 4 12 damper solution. Daan
  16. Just buy this: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=offroad-armoury&epa=SEARCH_BOX
  17. Some comp safari/ultra4 cars have more money in their shocks than most of us have in their entire car, so I'd say we shouldn't waste too much time looking at these. Anyway, from how I understand suspension for going fast in the most simplistic way is this: You need to aim for the softest spring you can possibly fit without the wheel hitting the bump stops too often. And to do that the shocks are the main thing. So too high a damping rate will make it a bone shaker. So dampers have a variable damping rate. To achieve this, there are 2 options: A bypass damper, which makes the damper rate higher the further it moves up the stroke. These are being used for baja and ultra 4, and in recent years also getting used in comp safari. The other option is different damper rates for different speeds. So dampers that have adjusters for high speed and low speed. These are used in WRC and Dakar. I am not sure why the different approaches are used in different disciplines. I think a big problem with the setup on ultra 4 etc, is 3 dampers per wheel: so there is a coilover, a bypass and the hydraulic bumpstop. So you have 12 dampers on the car. Where as WRC have everything, including the bump stop built in a single damper, so you only have 4 dampers on the car. Dakar cars have usually 2 dampers per corner. The tricky bit is setting them up. the dampers can be rebuild and revalved to make the car handle the way you like. To do this you need to go testing and try several different valvings and springs untill it behaves the way you want. Ideally, you need to get a couple of sets of dampers, so you can test while your shock technician revalves another set, than swap over. When I mention a shock technician, we probably start to think it gets a bit involved. So once you have spend a load of money on the actual shocks, you are going to spend even more money on getting them dialled in properly. Here is were we just cannot keep up with big spenders basically. Interestingly, In a tuning guide for fox shocks, they stated that they make many more shocks than they make valving sets, so the majority just fits them out of the box and call it done, never really get the full benefit. Anyway, back to the level were most of us operate, I have never got too far into dampers myself, but Fox does the truck & SUV range, which allows their dampers to be used as a direct fit to your car. There is this one, called the IFP which has no external reservoir: https://www.prolinx.biz/Catalogue/Shock-Absorbers/Truck-SUV/Land-Rover-Shocks/Fox-20-Land-Rover-Defender-Rear-PSeries-IFP-2-Lift-FOXLANDROVERDEFENDERREARPS2 Or this one with external reservoir and adjuster: https://www.prolinx.biz/Catalogue/Shock-Absorbers/Truck-SUV/Land-Rover-Shocks/Fox-20-Land-Rover-DefenderRange-Rover-Front-PSeries-RRes-Std-Hgt-wCD-Adjuster-FOXLANDROVERDEFENDERFRNTPSSTDA I had an adjustable set at the front, and the IFPs at the back for croatia. (Prolinx only had 2 external reservoir versions in stock at the time) And they were a different league from the old man emus I had previously. So that is my recommendation. even just fitting the IFPs will be a big improvement over any mass production damper. And at that price, i'd say it is the best bang for buck you are ever going to get for your suspension. I don't think a bypass damper has much to offer on a defender, as it is not a good fit at the front, but the high speed/low speed adjustment approach is certainly a good thing to have. There are problems though,as the the pin fixings have very stiff rubbers. I didn't dare to do them up fully, which resulted in 1 damper loosing its rubbers somewhere on the M40. So Then I did do them up as tight as possible. This resulted in the shafts bending under full articulation. So although I recommend them, I would replace the bottom pin fixings for rodends at the bottom. When we have are soft springs, cornering gets interesting, so an anti roll bar can be used, but this makes setting up harder again as the roll bar also influences wheel movement at speed. Also for cornering, castor is good for steering feel and it means your wheel will roll on camber in corners, which is good to get it to turn in. Anyway, from my little knowledge of suspension. Daan :
  18. A tesla can do 300 miles on a charge. That will do most people. So we are getting there. A defender is just the wrong vehicle to begin with. There is always the bollinger if you want an offroader.
  19. Thanks, but 110 hp in an 80" wheel base is plenty I reckon. I am no good with electronics, so will keep it simple. Daan
  20. I am working normal hours at home, but it seems much busier doing other things as well: sprog 1 learning to cycle: Make sure sprog 2 doesn't disapear: Walk sunny: I might get 1 hour tonight on the landrover (still on topic!). Daan
  21. We are in this situation now. It is Maxis trepador that's all the rage. It is bigger, now 37 or 40 inch. But from what I saw, they fill up and don't self clean very well as they are not as course as a simex or bogger. But being bigger, you don't get stuck as much as the diff is higher of the ground. A shame it went this way, as it pretty much brings us into special axles teritory, and that puts people off the sport I reckon. Daan
  22. Varta Blue dynamic is what I run: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/075-VARTA-D24-TYPE-027-Car-Battery-12V-60AH-540A-Replace-OEM-VW-JZW-915-105/252605667600?fits=Car+Make%3ALand+Rover|Model%3ADiscovery&epid=248945723&hash=item3ad0789910:g:LwcAAOSw1N1eqoig Has been there since 2010. I cannot quite remember what amps the one I have has, but it is definitely this shape. I run a single battery, and that is used for everything including the rear winch. Daan
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