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  1. I can think of five different types of 255/85s. I own two of them. 33x10.5s come up frequently but randomly on bargain tyre sites here. When they do, they're usually quite cheap.
  2. That's roughly 11.5 inches wide and 33 inches tall. It will drastically reduce steering lock and also rub when the axles are articulating. You'd be better off with cheap 33x10.5s or 255/85x16s on 7 inch rims. Plenty of options available. Fat rubber isn't so good on Land Rovers - lots of drag, needing lots of power, causing half-shaft/diff failure. A tall, skinny, self-cleaning tyre and they chug through anything. Further, do you really want super aggressive, terrain damaging tyres for green laning? Sounds quite anti social.
  3. I'm at a stage where, having lost my job which provided a company car, I have been trying to press my 1987 110 into service as a "daily driver". It turns out that the constant niggle of ageing hoses and seals, plus the usual maintenance involved with using older vehicles in general (and Land Rovers in particular) is making that a tragic process. My dream car is showing its age. So ... the plan is to sell the 110 (and my gorgeous little SLK Merc) and buy something newer. Sounds very sensible but "something newer" is seething with horrible complications and full of things waiting to go wrong
  4. I know, that's crazy. I was contemplating replacing my old 110 with a Discovery 3, until I looked into that little problem. You'd have to be barking mad to attempt that on a budget! Still, people who can afford a new Bowler can probably live with that slight worry.
  5. As was mentioned above, this is an old Land Rover feature. My ex-military '87 goes a little further. It has a shaded map light which can't be seen from outside, hooded convoy lights up front and infrared tail and stop lights (only visible with night vision gear). That's proper stealth mode!
  6. Just to add to that last point. I do use a touch screen in my 110, the one on my phone when I want to use my GPS. By law, I can't do that while I am driving (though, once set up, I don't have to touch it, of course). Yet I can use anther screen that takes my eyes further off the road and is less natural to operate...
  7. I am amazed that, in this world where people are "safety" obsessed and pretty oppressive in forcing that on everybody else, that touch screens in cars haven't been banned, at least ones that can be used on the move. On an off-road/rough road vehicle, it makes even less sense. There aren't a lot of knobs or switches in my 110. I can pick up the entire wiring loom with one hand, no trouble at all. I realise Ineos are stuck in between the two design philosophies but I do hope they keep the silliness to a minimum.
  8. For what it's worth, I took one for a drive yesterday. I was smitten but it's three times the price. Lots of wiggle room in there for repairs...
  9. I appreciate not many people here have the six cylinder Freelander 2 but someone might be able to point me in the right direction. I am considering getting a Freelander 2 with the Volvo in-line six engine. One that has been advertised is very cheap because of an engine problem. It runs but has what the vendor describes as a "low knock". Worst case scenario is a crankshaft issue but there could be other issues, I guess. From what I've read, these engines don't give a lot of trouble so I am curious if this rings any bells with anybody. The car is much too far away for me to just have a
  10. Sorry about that tiredness. Wishing you good rest and good days ahead.
  11. Hmm. There is a HUGE range of vehicles available if that is all you want to do. The Series/Defender point of difference was that it was primarily designed to work and being a road commuter was a secondary thing, hence the off-road aspects have always been very important issues for many owners. It's got nothing to do with "kudos" (while acknowledging there will always be people who waste their lives trying to portray some image or the other). For better or for worse, the new Defender has flipped the other way. They made a road car and added complexity to it to enable it to travel off
  12. I took everything at face value but I shouldn't have. It's clear from the photos that you are absolutely right - the seal is back to front!
  13. Well, it sounds like your teflon coated ball is too small then. My knowledge of these things dies at around 1990 so I can't say if there was a change with later swivels but it sounds very much like there was! There's no way a ball would be that worn without massive gouges and very obvious marking.
  14. That's a strange one! It looks like it's rolled a little, suggesting something isn't concentric (or even round) or that it is too soft for the job. All I can think of is to undo the bolts holding the seal on and look at how the seal fits without the plate. Does it make a good, even contact when it is just shy of the groove it sits in? I'd have thought the problem would be obvious if you just face the seal to the ball. You wouldn't have to pull the whole thing apart to investigate that much.
  15. Exactly! It's all so way out of hand. Far, far, far too much going on just to be able to drive and use the vehicle.
  16. That TFL stuff is very odd. Their Defenders have appeared to work perfectly but the messages on the dashboard disagree. Methinks they need a slightly less neurotic computer programmer. Then the cars will suddenly be far more reliable and everyone will love them. Certainly, in that last video, it was a vastly better vehicle than the other two (functionally speaking). Also, what the heck has happened to the Nissan Patrol? Over here, the old GQ Patrol is much loved by the lead foot brigade (because, fat and heavy as it is, the combination of 1970 Rang Rover suspension and strong transmi
  17. I've seen people struggle terribly with Tdis, in soft sand. Build up momentum in a higher gear and drop off the turbo half way up, or go slower in a lower gear and not have enough momentum to start with. No time for that crucial downshift, where an auto could have made it work. I'd imagine those new, very high output turbocharged engines would be just as bad with a manual box. A lot of autos will lock up in low gear so aren't necessarily that bad. Having said that, I do quite enjoy having a manual in my 110.
  18. Cheers for that. Oddly, I have found myself turning down work, in the vague hope that I can set up as a 4WD instructor. There is some demand here for people who can certify their staff so that they can assume they are "safe". That sounds cynical but the current culture is that NZQA certificates + orange jackets = safety (rather than engaging brains). I see a real opportunity for a course that provides the certificate and really teaches people at the same time, so will give it a serious go. If I find myself living under a bridge this time next year, I'll know I failed...
  19. That's what I am missing. With nobody here to utter dire threats, this place is turning into a bit of a cesspit. Yet work on the Land Rover and trailer and Merc isn't progressing either! So I am impressed with your shed work etc. and I'm sure you'll get back to your weird project soon enough.
  20. That's dealt well with two of the vehicles biggest off-road issues: lots of low-slung plastic up front and marginal tyre size. Probably protects the radiators better too. It does look a little weird, seeing that complex suspension being exposed but so what? It's not a fashion show - or is it?! It couldn't be hard to fit a guard if something was vulnerable in there anyway. I hope it's genuine and legal because it gives hope... Odd choice of tyres though.
  21. With those more remote places getting rarer and rarer, getting to them and avoiding the big white vans just means my camper needs to be increasingly more competent off-road...
  22. Well, as has been noted so often that we're all sick of it, the new Defender is functionally a Discovery. Given that the Defender version conveys the sort of rugged image that old Discoverys used to convey, and the fact that not a lot of people are complimentary about the style of the new Discovery, it would have been amazing if the Discovery was outselling the Defender (though pricing might have an impact - I'm far too lazy to see how they compare).
  23. It will still be interesting to see how it goes. Land Rover are all-in on the electronics. That won't completely make up for the lack of a locking rear diff but it might still do quite well. Plus those mildly off-road focussed tyres might do okay in the sort of rocky terrain they use for their tests. It will be relevant to more people, if disappointing for anyone wanting to see the best possible configuration at work. Even better, they, inevitably, will be comparing it to other generally available four wheel drive vehicles, which will be entertaining. (I did see an Australian comparison
  24. While my opinion of Jeremy Clarkson is similar to his opinion of Gerry McGovern and only slightly higher than my opinion of Gerry McGovern, he isn't far off with this observation. All those dangerous touch screen toys do seem aimed firmly at bored adolescents, who go around masquerading as rich businessmen and complaining if some other manufacturer gives them toys missing on their Land/Range Rovers. I'm surprised those two don't like each other as it's the press that spurs the silliness on and McGovern is a massive fan of it!
  25. Yum yum yum! Worth about as much as my house but I can see why. I wonder if they throw in the plastic lady for free?
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