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  1. Can anybody in the know expand on this rather interesting quote? It also confirms that it is indeed just a tweaked discovery underneath, slapping some bigger ball joints on an ancient platform which was obviously found lacking in strength hardly inspires confidence. Despite everyone telling us how much more travel and how better something is in their opinion, can anybody actually show a picture to support their views that the D7U platform has more articulation than a live axle setup? The spring medium is of almost no consequence, I believe it's the tiny short arms and half shafts which will be the limiting factor. The lack of pictures thus far speaks volumes I think. That's the most concise writeup I've seen to explain the wheelbases. Why not just call them 100's and 120's to differentiate them from the originals and give them a chance to prove themselves in their own right? I flat out don't believe the testing has been on real rough ground or there's no way the exhaust could possibly have passed muster being the most exposed and vulnerable component hanging down under the rear subframe just waiting to get crushed. Most of our crossmembers have dents and axles have no paint underneath from hitting the ground, how could anybody think this was a good idea to have an exhaust here? It's literally between a rock and a hard thing!! It wouldn't get dented on a 6 axis tester I suppose, where are the videos or test results of it boulder bashing across some rivers? I also disagree with the statement that defenders were durable because they were uncomfortable to drive fast over rough terrain, that's nonsense, they were, and are durable because by virtue of their fairly unique construction they can and could be repaired easily by unskilled labour without special tools. I think the definition of rough terrain needs expanded into actually defining something like the 100m of offset foot high blocks like the Russians use in which case I doubt very much the replacement would fair significantly better. Despite my negative conjecture thus far, I think the new vehicle will be awesome in the SUV role and will undoubtedly help define the branding structure and bring profit in a way the defender never did.
  2. Yet again you show how little you actually read and understand peoples posts. I'm dyslexic and really struggle with reading sometimes. I hope you have a similar excuse. How do you propose to deal with the misaligned prop flanges with the wedges you suggest? We don't know the shackle length so wedges will cause a vibration from the propshaft hence the request for pictures. You of all people should know better.
  3. Can you take some pictures before you put the lowering blocks on so we can see what's going on please? You definitely have some unresolved issues that reconditioning components or changing the gearbox won't resolve. The lowering blocks will greatly compromise your off road capability and will severely restrict axle travel on the front as well as giving an uncomfortable ride. It sounds like a lot of trouble when all that was needed was a different front propshaft.
  4. You'll be fine if you just apply some mechanical sympathy to whichever method you choose. A pry bar on the ring gear can apply a huge amount of torque. If it's been sat for a long time pull the injectors out after loosening the two nuts on each side and pour oil into the bores. Don't put the injectors back in at this point!! Don't turn the engine without lubricating the bores. If it turns OK then use the starter to blow any remaining oil out before putting the injectors back in. Disconnect the fuel pipes from the lift pump too and have fresh diesel handy for starting it. Do not attempt to start it with the old filters connected as you may cause irreparable damage to the fuel system components. It'll probably have old CAV filters. What application is the engine for? Here's some manuals which are worth a look. http://www.moteur-perkins.com/uploads/catalogue/lettre/notice/manuel-perkins-ld-4-236.pdf http://www.endeavourowners.com/dscsn/info/manuals/4236M Workshop Manual.pdf Have fun and good luck with your project!!
  5. This image has been all over social media for days now. Apparently it was returning from the Goodwood festival of speed. I thought I might as well stick it up here for more conjecture.and whining about it too. There were a few positive comments along the lines of at least they're testing it. I think it's interesting for a number of reasons. 1. It's sitting up on wheel skates so it's probably safe to assume that the wheels can't easily be turned. Is that most likely to be a diff, transfer or gearbox issue? Electric handbrake? 2. If it can't be towed for whatever reason, how common will the fault be as I can't imagine much in the drivetrain design is going to change before a launch in September. Not being able to tow it could be an inconvenience. Would they be willing to do last minute changes to major components if testing showed a number of failures or would that just be passed onto warranty claims and extra spare parts made available? 3. What's hanging down underneath? I never thought about it before but there are no drive flanges as with a defender which can be quickly and easily pulled off to allow towing if a diff has a problem or for a suspended tow and it doesn't have enough ground clearance to safely crawl under and take off a propshaft. I wonder how easily the transfer case can be put in neutral with dead electrics for towing with the wheels on the ground? Will there be a mechanical or electrical only solution?
  6. I would keep the original width of the axles and move the wheels to suit as that will reduce the scrub radius and hopefully eliminate any need to trim the bumper or footwells. The slightly wider stance will add stability and effective articulation too. The only downside is keeping the original look but some cleverly folded up wheel arches along the top of the wing and wheelboxes will hardly take away from that and I think it looks better with the wider stance anyway.
  7. I would not suggest to use lowering blocks at all, especially if you use it off road. The reason you can't find any is it's the opposite of what most with a 4x4 would do as it will greatly restrict the already limited front axle travel. Instead, a better solution than lowering blocks would be a wide angle propshaft from Gwyn Lewis or somewhere. Firstly you need to identify which dampers and shackles you have as this will help determine the current castor angle possibilities and maximum suspension droop you have. You also don't want the suspension running 'topped out' all the time as it will quickly destroy your dampers so maybe the spring rate you picked might be a bit high? Are they a 'heavy duty' spring? Normal series dampers wouldn't allow the prop UJ's to bind regardless of spring type fitted so I guess there's something else going on.. It could also be you have an aftermarket or wrong front prop shaft. Check that your UJ's move to 27º. If not, get a new (preferably wide angle) propshaft. Also check everything including the clearance between the crossmember and the propshaft when the axle is hanging down by lifting off the bumper or chassis and the dampers are fully extended and don't do any of it at ride height which is irrelevant as your propshaft, UJ's etc have to operate throughout the whole suspension cycle. I'd also suggest that lowering blocks are a suspension modification which you'll need to advise your insurance about, a new propshaft isn't. Some pictures might be helpful too.
  8. While I'm being grumpy about people not paying attention and generally being unpopular: The Subaru and land cruiser which both look stock and on road tyres both get up the hill I was referring to. Please see the screenshots and be amazed in wonderment at their achievement The Range Rover fails twice. Maybe it got up when nobody was filming? The point I was trying to make is that there's nothing special about the Range Rover making it any more capable in this scenario. Maybe fording deep water or driving up lots of steps in China would show it in a better light? Maybe you thought I was referring to the really steep slippery hill that nobody was ever driving up but the range rover still managed to leave the front splitter on the ground? Yeah, that was just an embarrassment, but no, not that one. I will be the first to accept that this proves nothing, other than there's very little difference in all of the various independently sprung platforms with their own geometry and handling optimisation and their own versions of traction control. The Range Rover driver at this point maybe wasn't approaching it how you or I might but the point remains the same. I would argue that the g wagon even on road tyres would easily drive up there as its' basic configuration of long travel soft suspension with good essential angles (and differential locks) would allow it to do so. I'm sure a standard defender with open axle diffs would have got up that one too. The land cruiser here does have a solid rear axle too. Still on the topic of that video, I thought that when they were all driving down that hill waving their rear wheels in the air that I would be far more comfortable in a vehicle with live axles which could keep all 4 wheels on the ground. My god, we're having a debate concerning off highway prowess and there's a subaru forester being used as an example!! Maybe there's something wrong with the world?
  9. I think that they must have spent the last 5 years of defender replacement doing something, we know now it wasn't suspension, platform or drivetrain development so it could well have been optimising the button textures to look really rough and dangerous but actually make them really nice and velvety to the touch.
  10. I give up, does anybody here actually read the f#<>!ng posts that people put up? Not even two pages ago we covered this. Then he gave a very good answer. Then we moved on a little bit, there was some cherry picking over some awkward questions now we're here. I asked him how long he had been in the industry so I could use different analogies in our conversations and would pick ones appropriate to his time. Now we're all up to speed (bar those that obviously didn't bother to read the previous posts) can we move on?
  11. Your response about discomikey had zero relevance to the question I asked, which was, for how long he had being doing it for. I am very aware of what he does for a living and his signature and our discussions on earlier posts all make it pretty clear. If sidewall flex is undesirable for your application then why not use a larger rim? Maybe use a 20” rim in that scenario? You’re saying that changing low profile tyres is easier in your experience? OK. Not gonna argue with you on that one.
  12. I’m not sure what this is in response to? best way is to highlight the text you’re referring to then press “quote selection” and it’ll automatically come up in the answer box.
  13. Nope, sorry you’ve lost me here. Please use only facts and possibly numbers here to explain to me how a low profile tyre with the resultant smaller variation in dynamic contact patch and much higher frequency of response is more stable on 1. A corner with severe corrugations. 2. When it hits a bump in the road it can’t conform over. 3. A typical unmade rough track with stones and potholes Remember this is the defender replacement we’re discussing so there shall be no talk of asphalt or roads!! I’m just not buying into any concept that a low profile tyre is better off road than one with a greater than 75% aspect ratio. Maybe you can prove it with modern magic and show me for the dinosaur I might well be.
  14. What tech level and what harsh environments? Let’s keep cryptic answers for the cryptic forums. He’s been a very forthcoming contributor to this topic and one of the very few commenting who actually has some level of technical knowledge which I embrace rather than the blah blah which makes up most of the posts. I would prefer if there was a rule where every post had to have a number or fact in it. Maybe you misunderstood the point I was making about sidewall depth which is why I said “up to 33” and your referral to large tyres have no relevance to my point. I’ll try to explain my position on the subject for clarity: The ability of a tyre to conform to the contours of an uneven surface is an essential attribute of an off highway tyre. This is more or less completely lost on a 30” tyre with an 18” rim. As the rim size goes up and the overall tyre diameter remains the same at say 30” then progressively less sidewall remains available to allow the tyre conform to contours. A 22” rim with a 30” diameter tyre would be like the worst case scenario but people still do it. A taller rim and lower profile tyre means that when you’re actually using a vehicle in a harsher environment than Chelsea or when you gently bump the kerb dropping the kids off at school then you don’t dent the rim. There’s a lot more to a tyres traction on slippery surfaces than just the tread pattern . Tell me of any off highway motorsports where low profile tyres are the preferred norm? Have you ever personally tried changing a low profile tyre on a rim compared to a standard 85% aspect ratio? Which tyre will remain inflated longer with a small spinifex bush type puncture? Which tyre will absorb potholes and stones or rough surfaces better? which tyre will impart lower forces to the suspension and drivetrain? Remember this is a DEFENDER replacement we’re discussing here, if this were a new discovery I would agree with every point that yourself and Mike and Fridge has raised and there would be no topic but the tyres that we have seen thus far in testing are yet another aspect of this vehicle, like the suspension and drivetrain that does not look as though it has been designed and optimised for arduous off highway utility use.
  15. I've been a land rover enthusiast for 40 years, why would I do that? Out of curiosity, how long have you been involved in the industry?
  16. Thanks for that brief summary of every auto built in the last 20 years, I'm very familiar with them. The relevance to the traction control in my post is lost however. You can't use engine load from the map or tps or airflow meter or any combination of engine load sensors to know how the wheels are gripping a surface. Only a locking differential supplies the torque to the wheel with the most grip most of the time. If you think you can still get as far on an 18" tyre as you can with a 15" or 16" tyre when you're limited to a 33"-34" overall diameter then I'm afraid that you still have a lot to learn about off road driving.
  17. It’s exactly apples and apples, two light 4x4’s trying to exit the overland expo. The Range Rover driver is clearly modulating the throttle but the point is that in this situation of a completely level hard but slippy grass field the modern design has failed 100% completely and ye olde fashioned technology has not only triumphed but made the electrickery look foolish. How would the defender replacement on the same silly tyres be any different? The syncro with road tyres would still drive through there as the driver could modulate the throttle to find grip in a manner that is almost impossible at slow speeds with current generations of traction control and auto gearboxes. They need slip to work. Remember they sense speed not torque. judging by the Land Rover decals on the Range Rover it’s likely the driver has above average knowledge of the vehicle and where and how they are supposed to drive. I would also suggest in his defence that he doesn’t have the rim and tyre choice available to him to select a decent setup for those conditions. You used a similar defence of the blue Range Rover in the Russian video where the driver was clearly experienced but was hampered by his vehicles poor basic prerequisites to climb the hill that most others ended up driving up. All cars looked to be standard with road tyres for that climb. Low profile rubber bands with an all terrain pattern and fancy lettering are no substitute for tyres with a decent sidewall and smaller wheels. Anything with an aspect ratio below 80%, maybe 75 at a push if it’s over 34” ought to have no place on anything one would consider using off road within the small range of tyres available for our light 4x4’s. Large agricultural tyres have lower profiles in many cases but they are designed from the outset to be used at low pressures and designed for floatation. These low profile 4x4 tyres aren’t. Your defence of electronics in leu of poor mechanical design is commendable but unfortunately for me at least, not convincing.
  18. Came across this wee clip the other day. It explains in a nutshell why I don’t believe electronics and putting the brakes on to achieve forward motion are a substitute for good old fashioned diff locks and sensible tyres.
  19. Some pictures pulled from social media. I'm totally pandering to the whole land rover marketing thing here, they wouldn't leave it parked up in public with the window open if they didn't want people to be looking at it. This one's a 2 litre hybrid. Interesting it's charging up and not just using the engine to charge it. I think they were also testing the articulation and self parking systems by the looks of it. Alpine windows are there similar to those which other discoveries and some defenders had. I'm still whining about all the testing we've seen being done on silly low profile road tyres.
  20. Can we try to keep on topic about the defender replacement please?
  21. I haven't seen any which is why I was asking you. I don't have the exposure to them as they don't exist in the fleets of any agencies in any developing countries where I work. That said, range rovers and discoveries definitely don't get the same abuse that defenders get. Same argument exists when it's well known that 90/110 half shafts break all the time yet the same cannot be said of the same parts in range rover classics and discovery ones in normal use. The only difference is the demographic of ownership and how they get (ab)used. That being said, it's still a pretty weak defence when at the end of the day it's still the same pitiful diameter as a defender shaft which are known around the world, even by land rover enthusiasts, to be especially weak compared to those on other vehicles. I suppose they probably aren't going to be very hard worked in the SUV role compared to that of a utility vehicle. As I said before with reference to the Ashcroft shafts, the metallurgy is almost inconsequential compared to the diameter. The one chance to move a weakness in the defender design beyond constraints based on 1930's Rover car diffs and they blew it. That on its own will be a deal breaker for some right there. Saying the D7U shafts are stronger than a defender shaft is like saying nothing at all, there are people with stronger knitting needles. I want to hear that they're stronger than a Nissan Patrol shaft. Can we say that by continuing with the same tiny half shaft diameter as the defender that any measure of redundancy or 'over-enginneering' was not considered as part of the design brief? If there's no redundancy in this critical part of the drivetrain, how confident are we that any redundancy exists in any other part of the vehicle let alone elsewhere in the drivetrain? Surely not even JLR wants to see another epidemic of L322 type gearbox failures across the board or do they have other weaknesses intentionally built in for planned obsolescence? I'm confused, what is an L633, if it's the defender replacement, what is an L851? Can you show us a picture? If it's the defender replacement you have access to, is there any good mechanical news at all that you can share for those few amongst us who would love to consider this vehicle for deployment in places that don't have access to a main dealer network? I'm sure you'll have all kinds of non disclosure and confidentiality obligations but I'm not sure at this stage all of the negative speculation is constructive, there must be something good you can share? It would be nice to have something positive to be discussing that is more than just opinion by a vested interest saying how good something is. Out of curiosity, do you know the ring gear diameter and the size and separation of the pinion bearings in the D7U platform? Are there rubber couplings or cv joints or what on the propshafts of the L663? Are there any grease nipples anywhere?
  22. I'm sure it's just a matter of time until one of us is building an electric defender from junkyard parts or online kits and racing them against the electric version of the defender replacement, well, if it's ever launched before we're all old and dead. The torque delivery from electric motors really suits off road driving and generally it's all packaged in handy modules so should be easy for us to mix and match parts when the prices come down. I can also imagine the future arguments on here when whatever the defender turns into gets all the ten year old range rover motor and controller tech and we start complaining about that instead.
  23. Cheers for the response. Had I been going from truck to car injectors that would have made perfect sense but going from the ev1 car type to the mini truck type just doesn’t make sense as the injectors are apparently so small and feeble. I ordered genuine bosch injectors from my local motor factors and will just go with whatever flow rate they have. Getting flow matched injectors was just a thought at the time but probably not worth the extra effort to find for my application. Any more information on what you were building and thoughts on going to car manifold?
  24. You’re missing the point, it’s been clearly demonstrated by vehicles in the utility sector for the last 100 years that 30mm is not big enough for a half shaft in a vehicle required to carry heavy weight over arduous terrain, especially one with locking differentials. Land Rover has not previously been known for quality materials or metallurgy, do you know something we don’t about new shaft making processes at JLR not available to other manufacturers? I know you believe your competitions to be a measure of the strength of something but they just aren’t. Put the shafts in a test rig and get some numbers or do some calcs but talking about flat shifting in a vehicle clearly too light to put the power to the ground has just no relevance. You’ll see that the numbers don’t lie. Competition rally raid use just isn’t that harsh compared to 10,000 hours carrying and towing tons of drill pipes for example. Components for race cars are allowed to be closer to the edges of their design envelope. I previously showed the types of wear, fatigue and damage that long term use brings. I’m confident that you never broke a factory steel wheel due to fatigue in any competition nor any Bowler has ever done so. There just aren’t the hours in the day for it. Until you have experienced and can become familiar with that type of mechanical abuse it’s going to be difficult for you to see where many of us are coming from, especially when these competition vehicles are generally using lightweight wheels and small tyres.
  25. No, the rest of us aren't finished yet, we're still arguing about the same things 28 pages later with nobody seemingly reading the others posts. It's generally along the lines of: Longbeards. The Defender had all these shortcomings, will the replacement address x, y and z? Hipsters. (in response to the above) The abs, etc, hdc, means this new vehicle will go anywhere and will be better than every other new vehicle off road (which by law also has to have abs, etc, hdc), the old defender without these features could never do that. Have you never been in a modern JLR product with air suspension? Longbeards. But there are basic rules and physical constraints about making a proficient off highway vehicle, wheel travel, ground clearance, approach, departure and breakover angles... Hipsters. (in response to the above) The abs, etc, hdc, means this new vehicle will go anywhere and is better than every other new vehicle off road (which by law has to have abs, etc, hdc), the old defender without these features could never do that. Have you never been in a modern JLR product with air suspension? Longbeards. We get that the electronics help but, back to the basics.. Hipsters. (in response to the above) The abs, etc, hdc, means this new vehicle will go anywhere and will be better than every other new vehicle off road (which by law has to have abs, etc, hdc), the old defender without these features could never do that. Have you never been in a modern JLR product with air suspension? Longbeards. We know the old one was rubbish but it kinda worked because of basic geometry and it was easy to fix. Hipsters. (in response to the above) The abs, etc, hdc, means this new vehicle will go anywhere and will be better than every other new vehicle off road (which by law has to have abs, etc, hdc), the old defender without these features could never do that. Have you never been in a modern JLR product with air suspension? And so on and so forth...
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