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    Random musings on the D4

    I occasionally have thoughts about the D4 and think 'I should post that...' but it always seems that when I get to the computer, it's too trivial to warrant a new thread. So I thought I would start a thread for all those trivial things and here it is...
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    Random musings on the D4

    Wockets ???
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    Random musings on the D4

    Thanks Bowie69, yes - my fridge does have a voltage sensing switch-off, but to get that to work I have to make the rear power wockets on all the time - and I am not comfortable with that you see... In the D4 both the centre and rear sockets are controlled by a 40 amp relay that it very easy to get at so I was thinking that maybe I could just replace that. Thanks for that FF - it looks like a fascinating site which I will read when I have more time, but as I said above I am looking more for plug and play...
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    Random musings on the D4

    Hello again... It's been a while, but now I am starting to look at non-permanent mods for car camping this summer, and I am looking to power a fridge from the middle/rear accessory socket. So what I need, in an ideal world, is to replace the original 40a relay that controls these sockets, with a: 12v 40a automotive latching relay with voltage sensing.... (???) It would: Fit in place of the existing relay. Stay on when the ignition (switched feed) goes off. Go off if the supply voltage drops below a set figure (usually 11.5v but up to 12v would probs be ok) I have had a look around on tinternet, but I'm not sure I am asking the right questions, so I thought I would seek the wisdom of the forum... Does such a thing exist or am I living in cloud-cuckoo land?
  5. Hi, I am very proud of the fact that I manage to do all jobs on my cars by myself - with use of tools and equipment, but for the last 15 years I have not had any human assistance (the dog sometimes helps a bit)... Now I face the problem of offering up a front winch bumper on the D2 and I find that I can no longer handle that kind of weight (I am 65) so am looking for a way of hoisting it into place and supporting it while I fit the bolts. Notes: I have free access to sufficient scaffolding for a well over engineered gantry. I don't normally borrow or hire things, preferring instead to use need as an excuse to satisfy my continual desire for new tools... I didn't set out to get a winch bumper, but there were some very cheap ones on ebay one evening after I'd had a beer or two I do however, now quite fancy having a winch Initial thoughts (with pros/cons) are: Engine crane and balance bar. I have seen one I like the look of that would cost about £230 including the balance bar. I would probably never use it for it's intended purpose (at my age I don't even buy unripe bananas ) I could use it at a later date when I get round to fitting a body lift, but can't think of any other upcoming uses... Electric winch with scaffolding gantry I will probably buy a winch anyway, so maybe I should buy one now and bolt it into the bumper, then use it to lift the assembly into place using a scaffolding gantry? This option would cost about £600, and I wasn't really wanting to spend much more on the car until it passes an MoT... On the plus side - a winch would look really cool, and secretly we all want our cars to look cool eh? Tirfor with scaffolding gantry. Not really sure that I have the youth/vigor to use a Tirfor for its intended purpose, so again it may be a one use expense of possibly £200... block and tackle with scaffolding gantry Probably a one off expense of about £50 The reason I am asking here is that I have IMMENSE respect for the experience and knowledge of people on this forum and so your comments/thoughts/advice/guidance are all welcome, but of course I reserve the right to completely ignore all of you and do something totally stupid instead... Cheers Roger
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Is it me, or is it that coils were far more reliable in the 70's? I drove Macpherson strut suspended cars for 30 years before I had a coil break, but in the last 15 years, every car I have owned has broken a coil at some time... I was told (perhaps somebody can confirm?) that the manufacturers used to shot-peen coil springs, but stopped because of profits (less cost in manufacture, and more replacement springs sold) Anyway, back to the topic at hand - IMHO air springs can be great if the whole system is well engineered. And I agree with Ratty43 about loading - driving a loaded (not overloaded) 109" with a trailer was a frightening and bone jarring experience, driving an RRC in similar circumstances was way better, but driving the D4 is in a different league all together! Air springs get my vote... Rog
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    The "Pass the Bucket" 4x4 For Sale on Ebay Thread

    I am almost tempted by that... I am tempted by that...
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    14CUX HotWire - Ign input - Megajolt

    Because I could! Also - I never thought about the aircon pin Also - how much extra revs does the aircon pin give? If the pump is under load I am thinking very little - my system causes the tickover revs to be (about) 1500rpm, and the 14CUX attempts to hold that ( by messing with the air bypass valve) even if it's put under load... It's complicated, sure - but fun
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    14CUX HotWire - Ign input - Megajolt

    Ah yes! I forgot the zener! Sorry....
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    14CUX HotWire - Ign input - Megajolt

    From memory (ten years ago) the above circuit without the resistors is what I used, and it worked fine. Later I put a switch which isolated two of the coils, which fooled the 14CUX into thinking that the engine was running at half the revs it was, hence it speeded up the tickover to about 1500rpm, useful for when using an aircon compressor for blowing up tyres...
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    Welding chassis

    I would always advise people to disconnect the battery, but normally don't do it myself
  12. Starting to look the part...
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    trailer insurance

    spray on rust????
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    Refillable spray bottles

    I have the same - they do fall over, yes, but another problem I have is inapropriate spraying when I pick it up and catch the trigger....
  15. Good point... And in actual fact making it a fit might make it worse since if it did move, the bolts would be placed in shear?
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    Random musings on the D4

    Thoughts about the gearbox and the flappy paddle things.. The gearbox is the 8 speed auto and it has a problem that I like to call "the min-roundabout death roll". The scenario is always similar to this (the first time): I was approaching a min-roundabout, driving quite sedately, and there was a stream of traffic entering from the right and going straight on. As I got close, braking to maybe 5mph, the next car from my right indicated that he was turning left. This was an opportunity. There was a truck behind him, but I could make the gap ok... I take my foot off the brake and onto the throttle - slightly heavier than normal since I need to make the gap... and ... and ... The car rolls sedately out into the path of the truck ... NOTHING IS HAPPENING! Getting worried now I apply more throttle, and finally after about a second, the engine revs, the torque converter engages, and the flipping thing takes off like a scolded cat. By now the truck is having a great time on his air horns. Can't say as I blame him. The problem as I see it is this: Whereas with my TD5 auto in the same situation, the box would already be in 1st (of four) gear, and applying throttle instantly causes the engine to rev and hence it starts to pull, I think with the Disco 4, the car is probably still in 2nd or even 3rd at that point, and so the electronics (when they see a larger than normal throttle applied) decide to change down a gear or two. While this change is taking place, the engine is prevented from revving (that would stress the box internals) until the change is complete. Of course by the time everything is ready to go, I have realised that nothing is happening and automatically applied even more throttle. Now everything engages and 255bhp is released which launches the car, wheels squealing for the centre of the roundbout. So now to possible solutions... I have heard that there is a software update that goes a long way to solving it. Use sport mode. Pre-select a low gear the flappy paddle shifters. I haven't yet investigated the software fix and TBH I am not entirely sure from what I have read that it is worth it. (Has anyone gone down this route? Does it work or is it only a partial improvement?) Sport mode improves the situation, but there is still a delay, and I would need to predict before I get to the roundabout/junction etc that I might need since I wouldn't want to normally drive in sport mode.. Flappy paddle shifters - well they work, but IMHO, they are not really fit for purpose (if that purpose is normal highway driving) since by half way around the roundabout I find myself still in 1st gear, revving the nuts off it and not sure where the 'up' paddle is because the wheel is turned 1800 or more. Maybe one day I'll sort it, but for now I just wanted to vent a bit...
  17. Thinking overnight on this bumper... Looks like it will be coming off again You see, from memory I would say that the holes in the chassis are about 12mm, and that the holes in the bumper are slotted clearance for 10mm bolts (which is what the original bumper was fitted with). This means a lot of potential movement.... Good when trying to line things up but bad when considering that the bumper needs to take both ground impacts, and recovery loads. So my thinking is that I should open the slotted bumper holes a bit, mount the bumper using 12mm bolts (if I can get them through the chassis), and use thick washers. Then, once the position is good, the washers can be welded to the bumper, thus effectively locking it in one position. Extra work, but I'm in no hurry... My old RRC took 4 years to get back on the road, I don't think that this will take that long but <shrug> it takes what it takes...
  18. good point... true, but it would look better... Maybe I'll make one out of plywood
  19. The next stage... Bolts in... And finally: It looks high because it's still on axle stands... Hmmm I think I will be needing a steering guard...
  20. Brilliant! Just as I expected, loads of really good ideas here. Thank you one and all. I am thinking trolley jack, and wooden blocks with perhaps some ratchet strappery thrown in for good measure. I'll let you know how I get on. (I might even take a picture) Should get it done tonight as long as it rains - otherwise I'll have to cut the lawn! Thanks again
  21. Nah mate - I don't borrow tools... I enjoy buying them too much for that In the past I have bench pressed a front bumper into position and held it with my knees while fitting the bolts, but I fear that I am too old, and this bumper is too heavy, for such shenanigans now... I think the wood idea is good - why didn't I think of that? Senility probably. I will try that. Thanks! DAMN! No need to buy more tools now...
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    Discovery 1 1997 Auto Gearbox fault

    Good point, mine wasn't black - but then neither was it cherry red... It was a sort of "brown with tiny black specks" colour
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    Discovery 1 1997 Auto Gearbox fault

    Another vote for oil and filter change - mine (TD5 though) had similar symptoms and a double oil/filter change brought it back to normal and it's still going strong..
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    Random musings on the D4

    It's an easy car to drive fast (well faster than you should, anyway)

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