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  1. Hi All, since I first put the Discovery 200 tdi in my 2a I have never been happy with the different pulley widths ( 13mm on crank and water pump but 10mm on the alternator) and it seemed to eat fan belts as the 10mm ones sat very deep in two of the pulleys. I recently bought and fitted one of these https://gwynlewis4x4.co.uk/product/200tdi-alternator-v-grove-pulley/ and I now use a standard power steering belt ERR810 (Dayco 13A1025) and although I took the water pump pulley off to fit it , as I did it want to strain the bearings , this is just the right length for the discovery A127 65amp alternator mounted on a series 3 alternator bracket (with spacers of course)
  2. Maybe it's about time to present my project. I bought a rather standard looking 1990 Discovery with a 200tdi in 2009. Here is a picture from the sales add It was bought to have an extra veichle, to tow some sailing dingys and such. And we did. But then the kids went from small dinghys to larger boats. Then I got the taste for some offroading. We went to Poland to participate in the Pomerania resque Rally which is organized twice a year. We (me and my neighbour) has been there 4 times, each time in the spring. First time in 2011 Small changes to the car each year. Testing winch: That was last year. When we got back I started on the rot in the footwell. Actually it was simple to remove the rot, it was enough to remove the carpent and the nois insulation Finally done with most of the rot in the front, almost ready for MOT There has been some rot in the back of the car as well (big surprise), but I've been putting that job on hold for "some years". I had seen the Cheviot4x4 Discovery pickup, and later the pickups from LongRanger, and was thinking of doing something similar. To get to keep the car as a daily driver, I wanted to have things done right, so that means apply, and get some approval for the authorities. But I needed to fix the footwells first. I didn't want to loose my license plates just because I had applied for an approval to modify my car. And we wanted to have the car ready for the Yearly trip to Poland. But in November I was done with the sills, and the footwells, Then I had to get my "new" Disco2 ready and approved. In December, the Disco2, was approved, and I could concentrate on my toy again. I sent the application just before Christmas last year. By the end of January, I roused the application. Got the answer a few days later, and I got the modification preapproved. But I had to turn in the license plates, and then they would do a mid-build inspection, and when everything was finally approved, I would get the license plates back. Then the question was, should I start with the modification right away, or should i wait until after our trip to poland this year. Then there is summer, and then ...
  3. Hey guys, Desperate for some advice here, hopefully someone can help with my nightmare Disco1 Engine No: 36D40381B CC rating: 3,947cc Fuel Type: Petrol Power: 134kW Drive: 4WD Transmission: 4-gear automatic Was driving around was running fine then suddenly stalled pulling out from an intersection, took a good 5-10 minutes to get it started again then yeay she started and seemed fine stupid me continued on with my trip onto the motorway (dumb i know) but she seemed to come right, after about another 10 mins cruising down motorway she stalled again and would not start at all. Got towed back home tried to start again and she started, but after about 5 mins of idling she stalled. tried a few more times and continued to stall while idling. now it wont start at all has been sitting a while since then, we have replaced the MAF sensor & ignition coil + after sitting a while the fuel pump relay is going nuts clicking in sync with engine light flashing like crazy . The fuel pump was brand new installed by a garage at beginning of the year so i don't think its fuel pump related. Any advice would be appreciated, my main question is could a faulty dizzy cause these particular problems & any further info on what could be causing it if it isn't a faulty dizzy - the reason i ask is we don't want to stuff around doing the dizzy if this isn't the likely fault as i can't find my specific symptoms in relation to a dizzy issue from what I've read online. - note we are car noobs, we got it as a big of an adventure car / project with the hopes of doing a bit of off road adventuring - brother in law is a mechanic and worked specifically on land rovers and we are doing bits and bobs under his supervision!! but sadly he isn't available to us all the time so work on the car is at a snails pace right now!
  4. I’m in the shake down stages of a rebuild and rechassis of a 1985 Ninety. It now has a 300tdi and an auto box from a 1996 Disco. All new servo, master cylinder, brake lines, calipers, discs, and pads fitted. The system bleed was straightforward and the brakes work perfectly at startup. However after 30 minutes or so of leisurely driving on farm tracks with minimal use of the brakes, all 4 discs start to bind and the brake pedal becomes solid. To the point where it will not even coast. Leave it to cool off and all returns to normal again. Is this a known issue? Thoughts / comments welcome.
  5. Hi all. I am looking at building a camper but want the best of both worlds. Good off road ability, good on road and comfortable to drive. I need at least a 130 or even a 147 wheelbase. Is there anyone in South Africa that can stretch the chassis if a discovery 2. I can get a kit to make a single cab discovery but want the long chassis of the defender.
  6. I occasionally have thoughts about the D4 and think 'I should post that...' but it always seems that when I get to the computer, it's too trivial to warrant a new thread. So I thought I would start a thread for all those trivial things and here it is...
  7. While doing some work on the TD5 Disco the other day I accidentally caught the steel coolant pipe that runs behind the rad-stack with a grinder and put a little groove in it. It's not right through but I think that with temperature cycling and vibrations it would not be a good idea to leave it since it would almost certainly crack. Since that pipe is expensive and looks like a bit of a pain to fit I was thinking of mig welding it in situ. I have drained that coolant, but there may still be a small amount of it behind where I would be welding. Is that likely to be a problem? (I am good enough that I won't be blowing through the steel, and I would clean the area first) Cheers Rog
  8. What are good alternatives for the front seats in a discovery 1? I have a 300tdi and the drivers seat is completely collapsed. I'm considering seats from a Honda Civic Type R but very open to suggestions. I'd like something that's fairly easy to swap, not too much making it fit. Thanks
  9. While i drive my car goes into limp mode and only two injectors operate the car drives perfectly for about 20km and all of a sudden the engine just turns off. Is this a ecu problem or can you guys advise what it possibly can be
  10. While i drive my car goes into limp mode and only two injectors operate the car drives perfectly for about 20km and all of a sudden the engine just turns off. Is this a ecu problem or can you guys advise what it possibly can be
  11. I just thought some people might be interested in this... 53reg Discovery TD5 automatic with 18" wheels wearing BFG AT2's I recently drove from Aberdeenshire to Portsmouth, then around the Picos De Europa for a few days, then back from Portsmouth to Aberdeenshire, and (Unusually for me) I kept a note of fuel and mileage. The numbers are below. Miles litres MPG Notes 518.8 74.29 31.75 Mainly motorway cruising at 60mph (Aberdeenshire to Portsmouth) 243.2 44.78 24.69 Spain - sedate driving on mountain roads 149.1 26.34 25.73 Spain - sedate driving on mountain roads 309.6 58.82 23.93 Spain - sedate driving on mountain roads 186.0 39.25 21.54 Spain - sedate driving on mountain roads 550.8 75.40 33.20 Mainly motorway cruising at 60mph (Portsmouth to Aberdeenshire) Totals: Miles Litres Average MPG 2508.3 404.28 28.2 Other points of note about this trip: I find it interesting that the Spanish bits vary so much in fuel consumption, and also that I used less fuel coming home from Portsmouth to Aberdeenshire (since it's uphill, obviously) than I did going The engine had a mild oil leak when we set out (probably rear cam cover), and it no longer has (and yes - there IS still oil in it ) The suspension noticeably smoothed out during the trip - like maybe the shockers needed some exercise? (the car has been standing for a while before this trip) The tyres (brand new BFG AT2s) were noticeably quiet to start with, but more noisy after a few hundred miles, to the extent that I was wondering about wheel bearings) I got an XYZ warning light (M+S) once, but tazzing the stick back and forth with the ignition off cleared it I got an ACE warning once (amber) but that also cleared by turning the ignition off and on again. There were no other problems at all... All in all I had a great trip and the Disco is a wonderful touring vehicle.
  12. I have a Disco 2 in which the air conditioning allows separate temparature control of the left and right sides. I drive alone quite often and I want to be able to affect both sides with one switch... So my question is: If I simply wire in a couple of jumpers between the switches, will a click on one switch affect both sides? (I am also thinking of having a switch in the jumpers so that I can have them isolated if I want)
  13. I have alloy wheels on my Disco 2, and the nuts have corroded under the caps, meaning that I can't get my impact socket on them without a struggle. (I have to use a rattle-gun to undo my wheelnuts since I am not as strong as I used to be). I don't particularly want to replace them with the same so... A while ago I found some wheelnuts for sale on ebay that were intended as replacements for the standard alloy-wheel nuts with the silly cap thing, but were solid machined steel, but now I can't find them. Can anyone help please? I guess as an alternative I could buy the normal ones and boil them in Linklife before use - that should stop them corroding
  14. Anyone on here got a D2 with difflock, more specifically the cable selected difflock? I'm after a VIN number for parts hunting purposes for my merc conversion in the 90. Thanks in advance!
  15. My '95 land rover discovery auto diesel with the 300tdi engine was sitting for afew months and when i got it going again its got this weird issue with the engine. when you push down the accelerator the revs will go up like normal but will soon drop down to just below 1500rpm and stay there, no matter how far you push the peddle in it wont go any higher it is possible to get it working steady but only if the peddle is pumped up over 3000rpm Heres a video showing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdaEkRXyZWM I have fresh fuel, cleaned the sedimenter, new fuel filter, new lift pump, checked injectors were working correctly, usual exhaust emissions. would love to get out driving again as its my kayak wagon, any help greatly appreciated.
  16. I currently have a petrol 2000 Discovery 2 in Los Angeles, California. It has 110,000 miles and has been a hard worker these past 17 years! Running exceptionally all these years! Without having any expert knowledge, I have managed to maintain with standard services as recommended by Atlanta British (coolant hoses, 02 sensors, etc etc.) which has saved me thousands over taking it to a shop. The head gaskets have never been replaced and the vehicle has run great this entire time. Just recently I am noticing a loss of oil and coolant without any obvious external leaking. A car of this age is known to start needing many things replaced. The cost of the head gaskets is just one part, as while you have it taken apart it is recommended to replace hoses, gaskets, and a myriad of other things— not to mention the potential of engine failure even after this work has been completed. Having a vehicle for this long has really made it part of the family and I can't really face the reality of getting rid of it. I really really want to keep this Disco, but I am afraid I can't afford doing the head gaskets if it means I could still very likely have very expensive problems with the engine in the coming months / years. Most people in the forums recommend a complete rebuild if you do not want any surprises down the road. Robinson Service Blog Estimates a proper rebuild to be $12,000 http://robisonservice.blogspot.com/2013/10/should-you-rebuild-or-replace-your-land.html My current budget maximum is not much, only $4,000— which is making me think I just keep driving it topping off oil/coolant until the bitter end. I would love any thoughts and recommendations! Thanks
  17. Hi guys, I'm about to buy my first 4WD. I'm a backpacker and have a budget about 5k (for camping gear is the budget higher) I researched quite a lot but there a still some insecurities For example I have a land rover Discovery 1994 v8i 3.9l petrol with 285000km for $3000 as a offer So for inspecting it, to which parts should I pay attention? Which should be already replaced at this time and which might be about to break based on experiences of other discoverys? are new parts rather cheap or expensive? How reliable is the car in general? I know it depends on how it was treated but just roughly. I know the previous owners were also backpackers (3, as I was told) and the last one put much effort in it. Thanks in advance and sorry for so many questions but as I have to watch my expenses that is a very important decision to me! Cheers Flo
  18. Hi All, I have converted my rear axle to front brake callipers on my challenge Range Rover Classic. Lets just say it wasn't my greatest move although the brakes have plenty of power now. The trouble is now to get full braking you have to punch the brake pedal twice in quick succession, I have bleed the whole system up and once you have pumped the pedal twice the pedal remains firm and solid with the brakes locked (aka I don't appear to have a leak on the system or believe I have any air in the pipes). I have come to the conclusion that the master cylinder is too small to meet the extra fluid requirements of having 4 pot callipers right the way around? Does anyone know of any larger master cylinders that will fit the existing servo/pedal? Or alternatively I have heard some old lorries (pre air) had a pressure booster in the brake lines but haven't had much success researching these? Cheers, Readie
  19. 97 Discovery SD will only drive when the Diff lever is engaged in 4 High. Whenever diff is in neutral the transmission will not engage in Reverse or Drive also if set to Park I can hear an awful grinding of the gears. Is this a diff issue or is it in the transmission, I want to be more certain before I take it to a mechanic.
  20. I am having power problems on my 1995 Discovery 300tdi. One of the items to check is the Lift Fuel pump, which I changed. However, even is I put cylinder #1 on top, the fuel pump press again the cam a few mm and thus, deactivates the lift pump lever and I can not use the lever to purge the line. I got a second lift pump and it is the same. I am missing something?
  21. I've recently acquired a 1995 Discovery 300tdi and decided to replace the non functioning stock head unit with a sony one. I've managed to connect it all up and it works fine apart from the rear speakers. I've searched around for a fix and came across a cable that connects the black and red wires with a pink connector to an RCA port on the new head unit. Unfortunately it hasn't worked and theres no sound at all from the rear speakers. I then found a forum post that said to connect the single RCA plug to a cable that has two RCA plugs to go into the head unit. This hasn't worked either. In my frustration I plugged one of the rya plugs into a wire coming out of the head that says AMP REM which then made the rear speakers make some noise. Does anyone know what I should do? Any help would be massively appreciated!
  22. Hi All, Long time listener, first time caller My 1998 Discovery 1 (3.9 V8i) recently failed an MOT due to corrosion on the brake lines (sections from the ABS unit to rear wheels), I've had a bit of a look online and can find some general information on replacing brake lines but not too much specific to Discos... Has anyone done this? How hard is it to do myself? I would say I'm generally able to use tools and know the right end of a spanner, previously replaced things like pads, rotors, oil, filters, etc. but haven't really ventured any further upstream in the braking system. If not what kinda price would you expect from a garage to do this, got a quote of £400 from the MOT place but would be interested to hear what others have paid for this in the past. I'm selling the car too so would like to avoid spending lots on it if possible but obviously want it to be safe and in decent condition. I read that they come with steel brake lines but when replacing it makes sense to go with copper for anti corrosion reasons and ease of fitting, is this sensible? TL;DR - Advice on replacing corroded brake lines please. Many thanks, Dan
  23. Hi everyone, Apologies if there's something similar out there but I couldn't find any! So I'm biting the bullet and getting my dream car - A Land Rover Defender 90 CSW. I've found one which is absolutely wonderful: 1988, 200tdi Disco engine swap, loads of money spent on it after various issues in the past (praying that the jobs were done well), and just generally a smart-looking truck. My problem is that I'm a bit of a beginner, and although I have a few friends that know a lot more than I, they're all working when I have my viewing - and it's a fair drive away! So, I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips with regards to what to look out for? I'll keep trying to have someone who knows something come with me, but I don't want to miss out if I can't! I should be going to view next Thursday! My other question would be, which company is best/cheapest for a young driver's insurance on a Landy? Thanks in advance, Will
  24. Hi All, It's my first post on lr4x4. I'm from Ukraine, and I would write about one trip on the last year. It was touristic trip on Carpathian Mounts. Only two days and one night, but it remains in the memory of the colorful memories I will show you on pictures how looked Carpathian Mountains. But at first about my four-weels-drive car for offroading. It's my disco And it's Carpathian roads Double dog Cow Horses Sheeps Mountains I hope you liked the photo.
  25. Just in the process of getting everything we (hopefully...) need for a trip to Morocco next month. Crossed my mind that a dash cam would be a fantastic way to record the journey and wondered if anyone had any recommendations? I've seen this one on offer from Craddock's and it seems to look the business. I do want reasonable quality footage though so might need to spend a bit more if necessary.
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