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    TD5 fuel economy

    Ashcrofts site has a gearing calculator which is useful for finding out where your engine speed is for a given set of ratios/road speed. Remember larger tyres will have an effect on your gearing too, I have a rebuilt 1.22 to go into my 90td5, I originally built it for my 200tdi but it's fine on its 1.41 (60mph GPS @ 2300rpm, 70 is about 2900 iirc), the 200 doesn't get pushed much. Going from my previous td5s, anything about 28mpg is average. The most I think I ever got was about 39....once...never managed to repeat it!
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Was it not JLRs intention to move away from the very hands-on and Iabour intensive build process of the defender? Platform sharing is the key to major manufacturing in the vehicle industry...a truly bespoke hand built defender replacement with no shared power trains or components would see that £40k price tag rise substantially. Hopefully there will be some less disguised images to base any real criticism on with regards to its looks and until you can plonk your backside in the seat exactly how good it drives is open to individual opinion. Due in 2020?....my D5 will be ready for a change then
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    Td5 Main Loom to Engine Loom Connectors

    Just to add, you’d be easier sourcing a td5 engine loom to join into. My 200tdi uses a full XS td5 loom setup, there are few wires you actually need to use as you’ll be going from a full drive by wire system to a basic mechanical injection Setup. I have the td5 engine loom installed and it uses the charging/starting wires, the oil pressure wiring and I think that’s it, I made a secondary loom to get the water temp, fuel stop solenoid and glow plug relay to work
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    Td5 Main Loom to Engine Loom Connectors

    If you search for the 02on Td5 defender electrical library it will furnish you with the part numbers for the multi plugs. I’ve just ordered a load to replace broken/rotten ones on my td5 project loom.
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    New TD5 fuel pump but now engine cuts out

    All pipes back in the correct ports ? Anything kinked?
  6. My roof tent cover has seen better years, I've tried the uk importer of the tent with no joy...they say they're still waiting on the manufacturer getting back to them but it's been a month now. At approx 1.3m square x 0.25m high it's an odd size compared to the competitors (that would have been too easy ). It's an Echo4x4, made in South Africa which seems to be quite a popular point of origin, their website isn't much help either. Anyone used a "bespoke" cover manufacturer or know a tent repairer that could make one up? My fall back option is a howling moon one at 1.4m tweaked to fit.
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    Roof top tent cover replacement?

    Well, owing to production mix ups, then the courier losing the first cover and having to get a second manufactured I've eventually got the replacement. I did spec it slightly deeper and the straps are now buckles rather than Velcro...easy to alter tho. It should smooth out a bit as it was tightly rolled up for delivery.
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    Defender steering wheel centres Mountney

    Just measure it and have a look on eBay at alloy wheel badges. Should find something suitable to stick on your boss
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    Bonnet catch at a guess. Lean harder!!
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    This is a pointless post

    Not just any Freelander....a limited edition!
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    Vent repair

    Not hard but time consuming...unless you have the hands of a child removing the whole wing assembly is easiest Its better to work from the front back, so you’ll need to remove the grill (screws) to access the bolts that are through the grill frame. Remove frame. Depending on spec you’ll have a power steering reservoir and radiator expansion tank on one side, the washer bottle and horn on the other...unbolt these. The wiring looms for the lights are clipped along the inner wing, you can either unplug at the bulkhead or at the lights. Either way it’ll need disconnecting. Remove the wheel arches, just push the small pin through the plastic rivets to release, again from inside the wheel arch there are two large self tappers that go through to the bulkhead bracket, another bolt into the chassis bracket and towards the front another bolt just above the chassis leg. These all secure the inner wing. Underneath the vehicle there should be a wing stay going from the bulkhead floor to the lower edge of the wing, also back in the engine bay at the top some models have brackets holding the top wing section...unbolt Looking through the gap where the plastic arch was towards the bulkhead you’ll see the 4 bolts that hold the wing to the bulkhead, some have bolts, some have large self tappers...it varies. The wing actually has slots that angle downward to save removing these completely but it’s sometimes just as easy to remove them. Also if you have an aerial fitted you’ll have to disconnect. I think that’s them all...the whole assembly now needs lifted up and over the spring turret. Bit awkward but not too heavy. This was from memory but I think it covers most of it lol. You can remove the outer and top skin and leave the inner wing in situ but the bolts that hold the lot together require the manual dexterity of a contortionist and the patience of a saint blessed with small hands!
  12. Second hand 200/300 units are making up to £1k if eBay is to be believed, td5 units between £5-600, as with all pre-owned you're taking an educated gamble. Think simmonites were advertising remanufactured 2/300 units for just under £8k. Td5 short block with new crank/rebored etc and a new fully built AMC head from turners will set you back about £4.5k. My td5 is sitting just shy of a quarter million miles...if it needs a head and a rebore then so be it. At 250k with unknown servicing it's done ok, still purrs well!
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    Exhaust system for a Landrover 90 with a 200Tdi engine

    Ralph is correct though, if it's "standard" then there's no reason why the OE system won't fit. Fabricating a couple of hangars if you can't find the ones you need may be an inconvenience at the moment but will mean future replacements are like for like. @Jon W, the td5 rear uses a 3bolt flange which is why I used the earlier 300tdi version as it uses a 2bolt.
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    Exhaust system for a Landrover 90 with a 200Tdi engine

    I use the 300tdi (ESR4527) to clear my rear mounted tank (having done away with the steel 90 underseat one). My system uses the original front pipe which comes down from the turbo and steps over the gearbox crossmember, this then bolts to the standard 200tdi centre silencer which required a tweak to fit up to the 300 rear... Centre silencer rearmost bracket... flange cut off and welded to meet 300tdi rear... and the esr4527... It was my intention to fab up a stainless item using this as a pattern....it's still on the to-do list lol
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    Hand pump for oil change

    I use the same as paintman with a length of tube attached. The biggest help is warming the new oil prior to filling. I can squeeze in a litre of EP in seconds.
  16. Does anyone buy a defender on grounds of fuel economy? I think we all buy them safe in the knowledge that most foreign 4x4s can out perform them on the mpg stakes. My td5 was better on fuel than the tdi but not by a huge margin.
  17. Ok, so if it's cheap and got a td5 lump it's a ticking time bomb but if it's cheap with a 300tdi it's not? The prices of td5 engines are less than 200/300tdi units these days and if a 300 needs a head then the downtime will be similar. You also have the same problems when trying to find a decent second hand unit regardless of variant. Personally I think the td5 is a great engine well suited to the defender and discovery alike. As Bowie mentioned nothing vaguely modern is cheap to repair and if you baulk at a td5 then go and have a look at tdv6 repairs....
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    mystery button

    Should we assume that it does nothing now when pressed? Given the mismatch of wire colours I don't think we can realistically use them to trace. Wh/Gr is a switched live, so it will activate the relay when the ign is on. Purple/blue is usually a door pin switch colour. Either way it's not the nicest of installs so I'd be getting that stripped out.
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    Galvanised bulkheads Yes or No!!

    Scrape as much off as possible, the blasting should've got most of it out and the acid dip won't clear it all off...this results in black residue patches where the galv hasn't taken. A blow torch and a selection of old screwdrivers and scrapers to get into the nooks and crannies helps. I drilled a couple of extra holes on the underside of the drip panel...just to allow it to flow through (or at least that was the theory and has worked well with my last two). There seems to a be a load of sealer in the corners above the footwells and at the gearbox tunnel aperture. The more effort you put in to cleaning it will result in a better job from the galvanisers
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    Defender cd player adaptor

    Top pic uses standard ISO connectors...found in most OE stereo fitments for many years. Bottom pic is a standard Alpine multiplug...so you need an ISO to Alpine patch lead. https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Alpine-16-Pin-ISO-Wiring-Harness-Connector-Adaptor-Car-Stereo-Radio-Loom/1741514167 like that.
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    Vent repair

    You'll need to remove the screen to do it properly. This isn't a straight forward or easy repair...first you'll need to drill out all the spot welds that hold the original pressing to the inner bulkhead strengtheners. There are spot welds all around the vent seal aperture (you'll have to delicately remove the mesh), and a few dotted about around the usual rot spots in the top corners (if they haven't rotted away). The spots welds on the top of the panel where the windscreen sits don't need to be drilled as I've found these repair panels are shorter on the top fold although this then requires a seam weld all along the top. You'll also need to remove the drip channel too. Best to tackle one side at a time to retain some shape, the wiper spindle holes can act as a datum for alignment as can the windscreen mount holes (if they haven't rusted away!) Its time consuming for sure.... Spots drilled... Youll also need to refit the bonnet hinges which are spot plug welded on, the vent flap hinges were slightly out on the ones I fitted so these had to be removed and welded back on.
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    Fastening an engine to an engine stand

    I've got a couple, one a Clarke and the other from SGS engineering, they will both hold fully assembled engines using the same methods as described. At the moment my td5 complete engine is on the SGS one...and yes rotating it is not easy on the stand as they are top heavy...so once it's going it could do some damage. Add that to the height from pivot may mean they won't go 180°. The td5 won't go all the way around and it's very heavy to get upright again.
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    Power for central locking

    10AS is there in the pic, the green module behind all the wires that's fixed to the bulkhead. The part number usually reveals which options it's configured for (alarm/central locking/immobiliser). A search on everyone's favourite auction site for "10AS" usually finds a guy that advertises reprogramming and fitment of the internal relays to the unit to allow all functions.
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    The hard work pays off

    Were you out enjoying the fine Scottish weekend weather? Passed you on the A737 outside Beith on Sunday...I was in a mundane Transit so you wouldn't have noticed. The 110 was looking well
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    Headliner Fixings

    I had to bond a length of aluminium box section to the centre of the roof to fit mine (I have an externally ribbed roof too). The rear above door panel should go into brackets with fir tree fasteners but mine is a really tight fit so I didn't feel the need to fabricate any. The rear grab handles on mine are drilled through the inner lip with self tapping screws so require no brackets, I also made up some filler panels for the alpine light cutouts. Not the best of pics but you should just be able to make out the box section running front to back from the inner rib, the roof loom is clipped to this. fitted up. DIY filler panels for the alpine lights.

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