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Posts posted by Red90

  1. The flywheel is one of the friction surfaces for the clutch.  Much like brake discs, having it machined to be flat provide the best friction and ensures the clutch does not wear prematurely.  Unless you enjoy changing clutches, it is a good idea to do things properly while you are there.  It is not an expensive thing to do.

  2. What happened to the existing screws?  Normally you just reuse.  They are no bolts.  They are self tapping screws that thread into the metal.  I just did one of these a week ago.  The new OEM switch did not have screws.  The screws from the old switch just moved over.  The three screw version is the early, non intermittent style.

  3. 16 hours ago, BogMonster said:

    2. It does show how much wheelspin is needed to trigger it which mirrors my experience of the old TC system and my limited experience of the D3. In difficult high load conditions you just get lots of wheelspin on alternating wheels as it jumps around trying to transfer the power, and f all forward motion.

    Yep.  That is the problem.  When you are on a steep hill and need power, the TC takes it all.  Even on this flat ground, you can hear the engine working hard.  As above the rear locker helps a lot if you have one with that option.

  4. 52 minutes ago, discomikey said:

    The new defender has been seen, and well documented, on these hardest US trails in bog standard form. No need for 35's and lower pressure.

    No, those were all easy trails.  You barely need four wheel drive to tackle them.

    If you do not understand where low pressure is required, then you have no experience on hard off road terrain.

  5. 10 hours ago, Bowie69 said:

    With pressed steel suspension/steering component, for example on a mcpherson strut, the hammer method will not always work, even if not rusted in.

    If pressed steel, I find the damage you cause not to be worth it, and just pull the separator tool out every time.


    This thread is about Defenders and Discos.  Let's not get off topic.

  6. Was just talking to a friend that is a salesman at a LR dealer.  He says all the new stuff is carp with horrible reliability and they all sit around and joke about how bad it is.  He also says part availability even for the new stuff is really poor.  He was told the only reason the Defender has been delayed is that they do not want the lots full of broken Defenders in the first month and they are trying to fix the worst carp before starting to sell.

  7. IMO, it is more a problem of when the hardware fails, there will be no cost effective replacements.  That is the way with all modern cars.  When they get to 15 years old, they become much too expensive and sometime impossible to keep running.  These particular vehicles are so very complicated that it just makes it much worse than a typical car.

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  8. 3 minutes ago, FridgeFreezer said:

    They've never been great though (the Jap stuff has been "better" pretty much since they started making it), and yet people are still buying £100k Rage Rovers and 40k+ Evoques as fast as LR can make them, so what exactly do you expect them to do? Throw a load of money into improving something that customers demonstrably don't care about?

    They do care about it though.  I know a lot of owners of newer Land Rovers that are abandoning the brand solely due to the number of problems that they have had.  I'm not sure what you think of their sales numbers, but their sales numbers have drop dramatically over the last two years.  Reliability and making cars that look the same as everything else on the market.

    In any case, this thread is on the Defender replacement.  My point is that if they really want to make money (they are losing hand over fist right now) then that vehicle "could" have been something different and could have been one to allow them to get back into markets that they lost a long time ago.  Making another vehicle that aims for the same markets they are already in is not a way to make a serious change in their profits.

  9. 20 minutes ago, V8 Freak said:

    You may be right, but they may just be looking to cream off the top of the SUV market for great tarmac vehicles... Look how long the waiting list got got the Evoke... Over 6 months at some points...

    Something capable off-road in farmer spec isn't going to make them money.... They all run around on quads or in buggies these days...

    The problem with the first point is their reliability ratings are horrible, right or wrong and the people spending that sort of money have been put off the whole brands.

    To the second part, you are limiting your view to farmers and the UK.  That is not what 4x4s sell to these days.  Jeep sells over 200000 Wranglers per year in the US alone.  None of that is to farmers.  It is selling a lifestyle to people that do not want to be like everyone else.  99% of these people never go of road.  But, if they want, they can throw on 35s with no mods, drop to 8 psi and tackle the hardest trails with no concerns and little chance of body damage.  In the markets that have real overland use, everyone uses Landcruisers and Patrols.  They are simple, they are rugged and they can be modified easily to suit the needs.  This new Defender will be very complex and expensive and difficult to modify so will not break into that market.

    The problem with a lot of people posting here is they run around with brand blinders on.  They have not used all for the competition in anger.  And they limit their view to a little island in the Atlantic.  Get out in the world and see how people use these vehicles.  Wheel with them, travel with them, see what is important to their buying decisions.


  10. Great numbers to who?  I'm sure they will claw back some of the lost market and lost sales they have seen in the last couple of years, but I can't see it doing any more for than than that.

    They had the opportunity to dig into completely untouched markets that would have made a huge impact on the brand sales, but they are missing out on that.

  11. 15 hours ago, FridgeFreezer said:

    I thought people wanted the Defender to be a proper 4x4, last I looked aside from the G-Wagen none of those guys make proper 4x4's they all make soft-roaders?

    Also, I thought the quote about aerodynamics was by Enzo Ferrari not Chapman, I thought Lotus were early adopters but I could be wrong.

    People do want it to be a proper 4x4.  But that is clearly not what they are building and because of that they are not going to win away any sales from the Land cruiser, Patrol and Wrangler buyers.  They clearly have no concept of what the buyers in that marketplace want in a vehicle.

  12. 2 hours ago, landroversforever said:

    LR does seem to be god at making vehicles that sell....

    Really?  Maybe from a UK perspective.  From a world perspective, they are not.  They had a chance to make serious gains by taking a chunk of the huge Wrangler and Landcruiser market.  Even a small chunk would have been a huge gain for such a small car maker.  But they do not seem to want to take on anything new.  Just a little chip into the tiny market that they currently cover.

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