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Re: Unbelievable fuel consumption

Just did my first fill up. BFG Muds 285 X 75 X 16 and lifted suspension. All urban driving but not much stop start. According to GPS 5,18 km/l and odometer 4,89 km/l.
by David M
20 Dec 2013 08:46
 
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Re: Diesel vs Sparks

A spark plug and glow plug for the trophy.............. on second thoughts you can leave the glow plug off............ :rolling:
by David M
03 Sep 2014 22:06
 
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Re: Warped Discs



The discs are still in-spec, so they're going to give them a skim tomorrow. If that doesn't sort it out, I'm settling my bill and taking it to Graham.

Ian

So they have actually done nothing to sort out the problem but are going to present you with a bill. If the discs are that warped you would feel the brakes take and release if you apply them softly.

I would tell them to keep their bill until the problem has been identified by an expert (Graham)and then pay them for what actually needed doing.
by David M
05 Feb 2015 17:26
 
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Re: Patrol Pickup 4.2D Tyres......advice?!


But I have another question, you said you had the Kumho AT's on your Patrol? I'm thinking of going the AT route on my next set and was thinking about trying the Kumho's as the Kumho muddies were for me fantastic. I am especially interested in their wet tar capabilities ( I understand that old worn tyres are not the best on any vehicle ) during the course if the tyres life?

I have have the Kumho A/T's (285x75x16) on for exactly a year and 20 000 km's now;

Price - was brilliant at the time at R 2 600 per tyre.
Wet tar grip and braking - Much better than the BFG's.
Sidewalls - Hmmm - Was expecting possible problems but have been pleasantly surprised.
Grip on wet rocks - Awesome when deflated.
Ability in mud - Still to be properly tested but I am expecting not that great.
Sand - Because of the softer sidewalls this is also awesome when deflated.
Noise levels - Better than average.

Everything is give and take with tyres but so far they have exceeded my expectations.
by David M
25 Feb 2015 17:40
 
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Re: Ironman Suspension

iandvl wrote:Thanks for all the feedback. I think that settles it... I think I'll take them... \:D/

Ian


Previously discussed. Remember to get the sway bar extension brackets if this is a 50 mm lift. You may need the to get the OME ones.
by David M
11 Mar 2015 07:48
 
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Re: Cracked exhaust manifold

The ceramic coating from Viper was half the price of SAC Kyalami when I checked a month ago. About R 3 500 for both branches right down to underneath the car. Had the branches done and freeflow fitted.

My Viper experience was probably the best fitment experience ever and you do not understand OCD until you see Abel the owner checking everything in his shop with his white gloves on.
by David M
31 May 2015 19:43
 
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Re: Gauteng GTG

Totally forgot but will make a plan and see yous oke's later......
by David M
31 Aug 2015 16:18
 
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Re: Freeflow pipe diameter on a 4.5

Remember that on the 4.5 if you go the branch manifold route with the freeflow you must ceramic coat the branch or your under bonnet temperatures go through the roof.

A couple of the guys here including myself have been very happy with Abel from Viper's branch and freeflow.
by David M
18 Apr 2016 15:27
 
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Re: Softroader trip to Bots and Vic Falls

I just kept the old belts from my last belt change and they are cable tied to the inner side of the chassis in case I ever need them.

When I change again next time I will replace them with the newer old ones.
by David M
28 Apr 2016 14:42
 
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Re: 4.5 + 4.8 GRX

Look at "total cost of ownership" as opposed to "fuel costs". Please include the initial purchase price and interest thereon. You will be pleasantly surprised.

I need to keep detailed records for tax purposes and have done the sums many times. It costs me less than buying a modern R 300 k turbodiesel.
by David M
04 May 2016 14:53
 
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Re: Trim Beading

Ian - Google "Pro Auto Rubber". I got from their Randburg branch for my Hardbody a couple of years ago but it has now closed and only Boksburg.

I also want to replace mine as they have also gone brittle and one of my fenders also needs some touch up work so if I get time and can find my passport I will go through in the next week. Will phone you first to see how much you need.
by David M
28 Jun 2016 11:38
 
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Re: Trim Beading

Used that exact beading on a previous Hardbody and Sani.

I found the silicone did not work so well but cleaning the beading with turps/thinners/acetone (can't remember but whatever was closest on the shelf) and then using contact adhesive worked perfectly.
by David M
30 Jun 2016 19:37
 
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Re: Lockable spare wheel nuts

Wheel lock.jpg

Fanus - This is the simple solution I was talking about and am taking off now. Double stainless steel braided wire inside the shrink tubing. Not theft proof but a deterent and you would need the right cutting tool with you to get through.

Your mags are different to the ones I had on so please measure from the fixing bolt on yours around the spoke of the mag and back to the fixing bolt. I think this one may not be long enough but I can modify for you quite easily.
by David M
17 Jul 2016 08:51
 
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Re: Towbar

Bruce - Good news - Ian is giving Danie his GRX mag, Danie is giving me the steelie so the towbar is free (Other than beers if any of us visits PE). Any idea's on transport to PE?
by David M
26 Jul 2016 16:15
 
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Re: 15" rims

Check the trailer part supply industry like Burquip for rim possibilities.
by David M
23 Aug 2016 07:58
 
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Re: Tyre sizes: differences by brand/manufacturer.

Fanus - You can calculate lift as per below.

Nissan Patrol lift-radius arm size.pdf

Glo dit of nie, maar ek het die regte groodte band gekry vir n Patrol met 16" rims :biggrin:
315/75/16....... 34" sal perfek werk in my opinie. Baie se 35" is te groot en ek dink 33" is net te klein

As ek kyk hoe klein 33" bande op my 4.5 lyk, wat (ek dink) 3 duim gelig is, begin ek te dink hierdie groote kan miskien n opsie wees.
Van die fabrikate se 315/75r16's is eintlik nader aan 34.5 "
Maar einde van die dag sal die prys seker die "deal breaker" wees....
by David M
31 Aug 2016 15:17
 
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Re: Check this out best investment you will make towards you

I have had internal and external ones and would not spend money on external ones again .pro and cons are:
1) my externals got stolen 2 times
2) lost a sender on bad roads 2times
3) cannot see the pressure inside car when deflating tires oor pumping wheels
4) dont want to get out allen keys every time i change wheel pressure
5) had a hassle with vale leaking from the cap be course it kept the valve open to read pressure

I have had the internal ones on my 4.8 and my old hilux now on my 4.2bakkie for about 3 years or more and no problems at all .
If you look at the one for R1500 it is priced very good .
For 2 grand you get a colour monitor and reverse camera with parking sensors......not bad at all :mytwocents:

Not all of us spend our time in dodgy areas where our stuff gets stolen doing donuts to loosen everything and sit in the car monitoring proceedings while kippy inflates or deflates our tyres for us :rolling:
by David M
01 Sep 2016 08:00
 
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Re: DIY DRAWER SYSTEM

I really like the way it is not over complicated.

One suggestion is to cut a trapdoor under the bottom drawer so that you do not need to remove the system if you need to get to the fuel pump.
by David M
23 Sep 2016 11:06
 
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Re: Camping trailer

Hi Peter - Ive also been considering making a bike trailer but have heard its nigh on impossible to get a home build registered and roadworthy. What do you plan to do regards this aspect?

3 options that I know of.

1. Buy an old stuffed trailer with papers and use it's reg and VIN etc.
2. Some of the trailer builders will do it for you for about R 2 k.
3. I have heard that some of the trailer suppliers will do it for you if you have bought all the parts from them, ie axle, wheels, towbar coupling etc......

I know a guy in the industry and will ask him when I see him tomorrow.
by David M
26 Sep 2016 09:35
 
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Re: My Back Bumper Build

Wilkie wrote:Ja dit is nie n " net gou bou " projek nie
Ek en Manie het net gou syne die naweek gebou QQQ :woo: :redface:


I reckon this is the best looking one out there using the original aluminium centre piece.
by David M
03 Oct 2016 15:41
 
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Re: Trailer axle

Studs are 1, 5 mm thread but the same 6 stud pattern as the Nissan. Had Hardbody 15" mags on.

This is a real make me an offer scenario as although having an axle like that made up for that stud pattern costs almost R 3 k with the normal stud pattern it is only R 1, 5 k and there is a very limited market for this stud pattern.

Hence my reasoning for advertising here first as if someone wants to use Nissan wheels on a trailer this would be perfect provided the width is correct.

Oompie it has done less than 10 000 km in 3 years and although a 1, 6 ton axle has never had more than 400 kg on it including the weight of the trailer. Some of that mileage has been on very rough terrain and hence the reason for the overkill.

Wanted to use it on my new boat trailer but was 50 mm too short and I don't believe in modifying axles so bit the bullet and had the correct one made.
by David M
20 Oct 2016 13:09
 
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Re: The "Moose Test" - Will your rig pass it?

Exactly as Piet says. When there is no traction the ABS keeps trying to find it where it does not exist and you just carry on going. Downhill on wet hard clay can result in 100's of m with no brakes. However if you lock the wheels a wall builds up in front of the tyres slowing you. The more loose sand/dirt the better and as you get to harder surfaces it becomes more difficult but at least there is something as opposed to with ABS where putting your hand out the window would be more effective.

There is a good example of the slippery clay downhill in Midrand where Mane Rd enters the R562 as a T juction. I personally knew 9 clients that have died there and more than 20 people have died there. Most where towing horseboxes slowly approaching the junction, applied brakes and the ABS kicks in when it is wet. No brakes and enter the junction where the traffic across is doing 100 km/h. Yet there is enough loose stuff to stop you in time if you lock your wheels.

Had a classic a while ago when a client in an X5 was following me. I braked on a dry sand road for a corner without locking up. His ABS kicked in and he went straight and through a fence.
by David M
28 Oct 2016 08:53
 
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Re: Newby Patrol Owner - Things to look out for

My '98 GL had the seats and they fitted Ian's '99 GRX so unless something changed it is no problem.
by David M
17 Nov 2016 16:39
 
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