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  1. Thank you that's exactly the type of thing I wanted to know. I'll look into getting a boost controller. Interesting information from Garret so I will set the alarm on the guage to that thank you.
  2. Ok thanks but I'm still a bit confused, to get more performance from a diesel I thought you needed more fuel and air? That article suggests giving more fuel but leaving the boost at 18psi. So is it saying the 300tdi won't live long with more than 18psi? Anyone running more that could comment good or bad? I'm also still not sure where to find a document on egt temps for a 300tdi, does anyone have a source please? Many thanks,
  3. Hi Everyone, I want a little more performance from my 300tdi Defender. I have bought a gauge to monitor EGT and Boost which has programmable alarms. This is fitted with a boost pin and timing spacer (These are the only mods). So some questions if you don't mind because I'm struggling to find definitive answers: 1. Am I right that the EGT alarm should be set to 750 degrees C? It will be fitted in the EGR blanking plate. 2. As it has a boost pin to take advantage of the extra fuel I understand I need to up the boost, what should I set it to? I think the Defender runs 15psi as standard and a Discovery runs 18psi as standard, if that's correct could I go to 20psi and will a 300tdi be ok with that? I could then set the alarm on the gauge to 21psi? Or am I way off with those figures? 3. How exactly do I adjust the boost, from what I can see it seems to suggest removing the pin and winding the rod towards the bulkhead. What I can't understand is how to get the rod back into the pin if it's shorter! Sorry I'm probably being really dim but I need some step by step instructions please.
  4. What actually happens when it becomes MOT exempt, do you have to sign something to state that you are then responsible for the roadworthy condition of the vehicle? Does anyone's insurance company actually ask if it's MOT exempt? There are allot of Unimogs registered as agricultural that don't need an MOT but have a much higher road speed than a tractor. I wonder how they go on in the event of an accident! I guess no one cares until it all goes wrong and they are looking for someone to blame then the vehicle that doesn't need an MOT would come under scrutiny with a fine tooth comb, even if it was the other drivers fault. I agree with Fridge that a test that was maybe not as detailed but checked the main points at a reduced cost would be great.......one can dream
  5. My 3.5 V8 was converted to LPG a long time ago and I don't have any paperwork for it. My insurance company have asked for a certficate that I cannot provide. What actually needs to be checked as such as there seems little information on any of the websites I found. The only LPG place near me only seems to do certain makes of install and just want to sell me a new system which I don't want to do at £3,000ish, although I do appreciate that the tank may need to be replaced if it's old.
  6. Yep it's a three pin one 589470 Found one of the wires to the switch covered in insulation tape and on further investigation it appears that the wire's have been joined, so it's looking like a bad connection! Thanks again for all your help everyone.
  7. My thoughts on turning it over with the coil disconnected was that it's not running at 1000rpm with the choke on but I see your point that any turning it over without oil pressure is bad. Thanks for the tips that is good advice, if it's not the switch that bar my come in handy. No it's not been serviced which is why I was confused as there's no reason for no pressure. Yes it doesn't sound noisy so i'm hoping it's just the switch. Yep I'm guessing as it's not really noisy it's got to be the switch. Good point switch is £40 and easy enough to change so I will start there, thanks. Thanks for all the replies. I didn't get chance to investigate any further today but will try over the weekend.
  8. Yep I'm hoping it's the switch or wiring too Ok thanks will try and see if I can prime it tomorrow and see what happens.
  9. OK thanks, I'm kind of guessing on the time it may have been less but I guess any time is bad. Would it have made a noise if this was the case because it didn't sound any different. How will I know after it's primed will it make a horrible racket?
  10. The engine has been stood for 12 months or more, started it today and the oil pressure light stayed on so I switched it off after 2 minutes. This has never happened before the light always went out. Should I try priming it and how can I do this on a 3.5 is it coil disconnected and turn it over? I'm waiting on gauge to actually check the pressure but is there anything else I can try in the meantime without causing damage?
  11. I am slightly disappointed that they are auto only but I guess that means there will be a new industry born for someone to retrofit a manual gearbox Can't wait to see one 😀
  12. Thank you all for the suggestions, I will check these at the weekend. I was hoping that with it being apart that all seals had been replaced.....but maybe not!
  13. So I have just bought a new to me 300tdi 90 which has been apart and fully resprayed. When I was going down the motorway at 50ish in the rain, water is literally dripping on my feet and it seems the passenger floor is also wet. I guess there is some seal missing but none that are obvious I can see missing.......any ideas please?
  14. Nige, Can I ask why it doesn't fit the Puma bonnets? Is it weight or are they different mountings etc? I have a 300tdi but it has a puma bonnet, so I guess I can't fit this kit?
  15. Thanks for the help and answer much appreciated! I guess from that then that using the drain plug in the tank is going to be pretty useless in getting everything out? The tank needs to come off and be turned upside down and flushed through the drain plug, ideally? Bugger!!! At least I know though, thanks again!
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