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Michael
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:22 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

TreVoR wrote:

We use our first names like normal people.


Yes Trevor.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Organised another green lane trip yesterday.  A route over Blanchland Moor, into Slaley Forest (your Volvo could mange this, Michael) and on into Hexhamshire.  A couple of long lanes dropped us into Cumbria for the Old Hartside Pass (runs down the hill behind the cafe) and a great, narrow lane heading west after that.  

Had a great day and didn't damage the motor beyond some minor scratches from trees that will polish out in the spring.  The Discovery 200Tdi based tray back monster was a bit out of place and made everything look like a walk in the park.

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The Defender took some cleaning this morning!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another video - this was my favourite lane of the day:

https://youtu.be/jfkDMhutJQs
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suitably muddy.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It scrubs up well as long as you don't scrutinise the paintwork too closely!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris can breathe again.

I think I prefer it muddy'
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should I be ashamed (*) that my 320d is dirtier than a post-green-laning Defender?









* Chris is excluded from this question.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't mind it either way.  Muddy is a pain when getting in and out in clothes you don't want to get dirty.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
Should I be ashamed (*) that my 320d is dirtier than a post-green-laning Defender?


My 406 looks like it's been rolling in the mud pit whilst green laning. It keeps leaving 4 little speedbumps of mud where I park it as all the stuck on soil drips out of the arches...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
Should I be ashamed (*) that my 320d is dirtier than a post-green-laning Defender?









* Chris is excluded from this question.


Quite. Our Shogun gets like that after a few trips down our lane in the depths of winter.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it did look like it had been shitting on the driveway.  
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a great day out.

I love the look of the car when it's dirty. It reminds me of when I worked for a LR dealership, we used to sell tonnes of spray on mud.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spray on mud? Seriously?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Spray on mud? Seriously?


Crazy isn't it, why not just get a mud transfer?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhilD wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Spray on mud? Seriously?


Crazy isn't it, why not just get a mud transfer?


I thought the easiest thing might be to have a big mud pit out the back and instead of washing them after a service drive them through the pit and leave it dripping mud ready to be picked up.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Land Rover dealer in Stockton had a purpose built off road course out the back.  Looking at Google Maps, they still do.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roadsterstu wrote:
Spray on mud? Seriously?


Of course!  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chocy Rocky wrote:
Looks like a great day out.

I love the look of the car when it's dirty. It reminds me of when I worked for a LR dealership, we used to sell tonnes of spray on mud.


Did you work for Pentland when they had an overflow workshop in Balcarres Street?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if any of this group used spray on mud?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's genuine North Pennnine mud sprayed by tyre.  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
I wonder if any of this group used spray on mud?


I think spray on anti-perspirant would be a reach...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see an action shot of 5 4x4s off-roading  

What village is that?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahem, we are not technically off roading.

The village is called Royston Vasey Edmundbyers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
I wonder if any of this group used spray on mud?


You have to say, one of those looks suspiciously muddy compared to the rest    
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is filthy at the moment. I got stuck in the mud - the car was still moving so I wasn't really stuck, but if I had kept moving I would have damaged a fence, gatepost, field shelter and Land Rover. The winch is proving s useful addition.

My hi-lift farm jack and accessory kit arrived today. This was a birthday present from family (well, they gave me money and I bought what I wanted).

Light bar has been removed once again and I have decided to sell it. I have always blown hot and cold on the looks and sometimes when I walk up to it, it makes me cringe. It has to go.

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I fancy getting rid of the side steps and fitting some tree slider sills, but I think that may be a step too far with Lindsey for ease of getting in and out. The current side steps are marginally scraped and dented underneath from laning.  

I would also like some mud tyres, but I suspect that they would ruin the on road refinement.  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at the photos before reading the text I was thinking it (she?!) looked different and somehow a bit naked. No light bar.! Odd how you cringed at that but not the flue.... Personally I love all that shit. I even like a bit of chequer plate on the wings!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The snorkel is fine with me as it serves a very useful purpose. I have installed it properly and sealed the water drain in the intake with marine silicone so in theory, the engine could run fully submerged. I would rather not put that into practice though.  I can drive through water without the worry of water being sucked in through the wing.

I think the lights looked cheap and all they did was give a load of glare off the bonnet without being able to actually see any further. The lights in the winch bumper work off the main beam and are superb. The wind noise they created was quite loud too.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks better without the lighting rig. Getting stuck in a paddock is so easily done.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A set of 30mm hubcentric spacers arrrived today. It looks better with the wider track and the added bonus is that the tyre no longer rubs the control arms on full lock and I have a slightly better turning circle.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does look better without the light bar. And very clean and shiny in that photo too!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not for long!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have recently noticed a vibration at speed (60mph +) and a slight clunk taking up drive.

Had the car up on stands tonight and there is very slight play in the rearmost prop UJ and the splines are marginally worn on the front one. Have a guess what I am doing over the weekend!  

I am going laning tomorrow so it had better last that long. It isn't knocking yet so I have caught it early, at least.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But what a change/delight to find a car where the problem can easily be identified and a specific part sourced and fitted.

There won't be much you haven't changed by the time you've finished but the new CV joints should be good for another 150K miles or whatever!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a superb day.  Propshaft held up despite the abuse I gave it.  The wider track means the car gets properly dirty.  I had water up to the windscreen on occasion.  Had to take the headlights part to empty them of water before setting off home.

My video is currently processing so will deal with that in a day or two.  I will post Facebook links but as they aren't mine, I can't guarantee you will be able to see them.

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My favourite photo of the day.  How fucking cool does a really filthy Defender look?!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Videos

Water Crossing.     Was glad the snorkel works!   https://youtu.be/NWIq8fHm8Mo

Prendwick & Ingram Lanes.  The view on these two were spectacular.   https://youtu.be/kYmB3Wdg0XU
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good to see a filthy 4x4, they look so much better!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
It's good to see a 4x4 nearly as dirty as my cars - I don't feel so alone now!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's clean again.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New propshafts arrived this morning.

The rear prop had a knackered UJ and the front prop was worn at the slip joint.  Easy enough job to do as it is merely nuts and bolts.  I planned ahead and bought a propshaft tool which saved a lot of time.

Test drive confirmed that this was the issue as there is no longer a clunk on taking up drive.

I noticed that there were no bump stops the last time I was out on the lanes when there was an almighty crash when the suspension bottomed out in a hole.  Handily, these also arrived this morning.  Dead easy to fit.

I managed to source some rubber headlight bulb grommets/seals so I dried the lights out and fitted these too.  Hopefully that will stop the goldfish bowl effect when wading.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boxer6 wrote:
Tim wrote:
It's good to see a 4x4 nearly as dirty as my cars - I don't feel so alone now!


FYP


Oi!
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Repaired the low brake fluid level warning light today.  It turned out to be just a bulb.  I am not familiar with the Defender system so it caused me some confusion when I discovered it comes on with the handbrake, but according to the diagram in the manual, that is correct as it uses the handbrake circuit as a bulb test.

I checked it comes on independent of the handbrake if the float drops and that works so all is well.

I've also managed to win a nearly new roof rack for half RRP. Collecting that tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work on the roof rack. What do you plan to put on it? A few jerry cans, spare wheels and a spade I imagine?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildebeest horns on the front of the roof rack?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
Good work on the roof rack. What do you plan to put on it? A few jerry cans, spare wheels and a spade I imagine?


Something like that.  Waffle boards and possibly the high lift.
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Wildebeest horns on the front of the roof rack?

.... and a fibreglass model elephant, lying down, on the rack itself.....
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Michael wrote:
Good work on the roof rack. What do you plan to put on it? A few jerry cans, spare wheels, replacement chassis, spare engine, back-up diffs and a spade I imagine?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
Good work on the roof rack. What do you plan to put on it? A few jerry cans, spare wheels and a spade I imagine?


A ladder up to it at the rear will be the next purchase then?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PG wrote:
Michael wrote:
Good work on the roof rack. What do you plan to put on it? A few jerry cans, spare wheels and a spade I imagine?


A ladder up to it at the rear will be the next purchase then?


I was thinking more of one of those roof mounted safari tents for use on more lengthy jaunts up the Tyne valley.

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