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Re: 4x4 Regulation

We are working on it, but you won't believe the amount of paperwork... :surprised: . Unfortunately it wont be a big one day event, as there is a fair bit of work involved, but its not a difficult test, just time consuming.
by ricster
26 Apr 2013 08:32
 
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Re: Nissan 4x4 Club - Serendipity Weekend 25-26 May 2013

No problem Kobus... You have a good one over there my friend,

Tabbies... Good stuff we will see you lekker early on the Saturday !!
by ricster
10 May 2013 09:09
 
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Re: GRX Drivetrain

There is no differential in the transfer case and so when four-wheel-drive is selected, the two propeller shafts are connected together in such a way that they are forced to rotate at exactly the same speed.
As far as I know the transfer case is locked, so front and rear propshafts will spin at the same speeds

Moving at speed on a straight road, assuming that the manual hubs are locked, four-wheel-drive high can be selected on-the-fly as the two propeller shafts will be moving at the same speed and can therefore be engaged on the move.
Before doing this pull down the sun-visor on the drivers side. There is a speed limit at which you shouldn't engage 4H from 2H. Your Patrol will have auto locking hubs ( unless you have manually clicked it over to "lock")

One would not be able to engage four-wheel-drive high on-the-fly at speed if the manual hubs are not locked as that would imply that the front propeller shaft is stationary (the assumption is that the auto locking hubs have not come into operation).
You would be able to engage 4H at low speed with Auto hubs on the "Auto" setting. With manual hubs unlocked, the same can be done but only the prop and side shafts will turn, without any power to the front wheels.

Engaging four-wheel-drive low requires a dead stop – at least in principle.
Not only in principle.... unless you want a lot of gearbox spare parts... :lol: .... so yes dead stop before moving from 4H to neutral to 4L

Engaging rear differential lock requires a dead stop – at least in principle.
Ideally yes. I do engage mine when moving SLOWLY forward or backward. As you flick the switch the diff-lock light flickers ( trying to engage ). Sometimes it needs a little movement to get it locked ( diff-lock light stays permanently lit), especially if on a bend. I VERY GENTLY move forward till it clicks into locked position. The Diff-lock on the Patrols is probably the one "weak point", but with care it should be ok. Mine is still original and it has been put through its paces a few times!!

When getting a very heavy load moving it should be possible in principle to shift from four-wheel-drive low to four-wheel-drive high or from two wheel drive low to two wheel drive high at low speed, provided care is used.
As far as I know..... nope. You will have to stop dead to shift through from 4L, to neutral, to 4H to 2H. If that 4.8 with tiptronic g/box cannot move that heavy load, you need to phone Grant ( forum and Nissan 4x4 Club member) from Catapillar, cause that is all that's going to move that weight... :rolling: :rolling:
by ricster
20 Jun 2013 09:51
 
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Re: INJECTORS CHECK - HOW OFTEN?

I did put a reply.... but it seems to have disappeared......hmmmm.... Friday gremlins

Change them every 90 000Km is what I was told by Bosch. I'm going to do mine now on 70 000Km, and will do it a SAC Centurion.

The injectors are easy to change though, just take extra care whith the fuel rail that takes the diesel back to the tank, as this can break easily when twisted while tightening the nuts holding the rail in place.... I had to replace mine... :doh: :doh:
by ricster
21 Jun 2013 13:35
 
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Re: Lesotho Trip - 15th- 17th June 2013

ha ha ha... nice one Mr Rod... :rolling: :rolling:
by ricster
20 Jun 2013 08:12
 
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Re: Lesotho Trip - 15th- 17th June 2013

This was really a great weekend getaway !! The Sani Pass was probably the smoothest gravel road I've traveled on in a loooooooong time. The road from Sani top to Mokotlong....well that was quite a rough road.
by ricster
28 Jun 2013 23:16
 
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Re: Crown Wheel and Pinion Replacement Options??

Hmmm ... you can also try ( read page .... 2nd post in particular).... He is in Swaziland but maybe a plan can be made if its the right diff, and price

viewtopic.php?f=65&t=1917

His no is 00268 76028079
jeanne.volschenk@farmchem.co.sz
by ricster
28 Nov 2012 16:08
 
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AAWDC Fun Day - to be held at Gerotek 17th August

Hi All,

You probably have received an e-mail regarding this event. It looks like it will be held at Gerotek on the 17th June 1013.

Please add your name if you will be driving this Charity Fun Day. We will then make up a NISSAN 4X4 CLUB TEAM !!

Here is the e-mail from AAWDC

Dear association members

Please diarize your calendars for the annual AAWDC Gauteng Interclub Family Fun day to be held on the 17th August 2013. The Land Rover Owners Club of Southern Africa will host the event at Land Rover Experience, Gerotek this year. Gerotek is conveniently located 15km from Pretoria.

A great conservation project has been adopted and all surplus funds generated will go to the Endangered Wildlife Trust to be used for their Wild Dog Initiative in the Greater Kruger National Park, the main purpose being to purchase tracking collars. I have been informed they are chasing a large target to support this initiative as current funding is limited.

The LROCSA is considering changing the format of the event that may reduce the number of teams. It is essential that interested clubs contact Dave Morgan ASAP to reserve a team in the line-up.

Please bring family and friends to support this great initiative. This is going to be a great day!

Salo de Swardt

(Vice-Chairman AAWDC)

For more information please contact Dave

Dave Morgan LROC PRO
e-mail: pro@lroc.org.za

cell: 082 6900598
by ricster
18 Jun 2013 11:20
 
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Re: Inner Axle Oil Seal

Updated sizes for the tool

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by ricster
24 Jul 2013 09:21
 
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Re: Moegatle Weekend: 19th - 21st July

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by ricster
27 Jul 2013 00:58
 
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Re: Noisy 4.8 engine

I like the Delo 400 oil more than the Magnatec.... just a personal opinion. I use it in my SANI 3.0 V6, and made it sound a lot better than when I used other oils..... and then works great on my 4.2 turbo diesel

sounds like hydraulic lifters aren't getting well oiled on start up. Do a good engine flush to get the old oil that may be gummed up inside and flush with a cheap oil, then new filters and oil and all should be well
by ricster
27 Aug 2013 08:32
 
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Re: VHF Radio lisensie

If you join the Nissan 4x4 Club, you can get the licence through the Club. Christoslang (Christo) is our radio officer and will be able to assist you.

PM him, and Herrie ( Kobus ) on the forum. Kobus can send you the club membership form ( R200 per year). :thumbup: :thumbup:
by ricster
19 Sep 2013 16:44
 
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Re: Gasflow and freeflow on TD42 motor

The TD42 thing is confusing for us here too Pat. I know that from 1998 to beginning 2000, here in South Africa, we have only ever gotten the non turbo version of the 4.2 Diesel but still the motor is called a TD 42... :think: .... My Patrol and many others have the turbos fitted aftermarket. Grant for example has the Australian import ST 4.2 diesel, which if I'm not mistaken was designed to accommodate a turbo. Again forgive me if I'm wrong, this is the 4.2 with the silver tappet cover, which I think is the standard TD42 for you guys over there. The N/A version we get here ( black tappet cover ) is bullet proof even with the aftermarket turbo fitted, but with a gentle right foot to control the EGT's. I think the heads we get/have here are slightly different to your turbo versions too.

Unfortunately they went over to the 3.0 TD in 2000...... :rolleyes:

Ahhhh,,,, but like my mate Grant says..... you can't beat cubic inches !!!! ..... LONG LIVE THE 4.2 DIESEL !!!... :thumbup: :thumbup:
by ricster
10 Sep 2012 10:41
 
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Fitting 2nd battery under the Patrol

Ok.... as the subject suggests, I want to fit my second battery under the Iron Maiden. Google wasn't my friend on this search, and managed to fins a little info on the Aussie site. I got a reply, believe it or not from a fellow South African guy....ha ha, who posted a link to a photo of what he had done.

See from post 18...

http://www.patrol4x4.com/forum/1319786-post18.html

Anyone done something like this?
by ricster
02 Oct 2013 08:39
 
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Re: Fitting 2nd battery under the Patrol

The concept is that the bottom of the battery is at least flush with the underside of the chassis members or a little higher to prevent as much chance of impact as possible. There is loads of space under the vehicle in a variety of places.

I was doing a little thinking on the watertight scenario. 2 options here, firstly a completely sealed box. This is difficult to ensure complete seal-ability, whilst allowing breathing for the battery. The second option would be to have a setup that is a sealed box, except for the bottom. Here there can be 2 slots on the base plate that the battery sits on to allow breathing and should the vehicle be submersed the water cannot raise to the terminal level due to the air pressure contained in the box. When out the water the sand, mud and water can simply drain out.

12 volt batteries as said before can be submerged in water for a period of time without damage to the battery, however the underside of the battery box needs to be substantial for bumps and grinds on a trail. I will work on this and get a test made for my Iron Maiden. If it works, I will get them made up should anyone want.

I have a few design ideas bouncing around my head.... watch this space :rolling: :rolling:
by ricster
02 Oct 2013 22:36
 
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Re: Photo competition 2013

Three EPIC trips that made me very proud to own a Patrol and be with GREAT friends !!!

Lesotho 2012.... all roads closed due to snow..... so we made our own

Lesotho Snow Patrol.JPG

Kubu Island 2013 ..... Miles and miles of nothing, with a splash of dust and wild winds, while making a runway for friends to land a small plane.

Kubu Island dust bowl.jpg

Moegatle 2012... Learnt full and new respect as to how capable these Patrols are ..... even without a working difflock

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by ricster
07 Oct 2013 12:24
 
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Re: "HOW TO" COLUMN

Mr Rod, check the top right of each persons post ( except yours )before you click on a " post reply "

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by ricster
21 Oct 2013 12:54
 
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Re: Bullbar & rear bumper for sale

Stefan.... Your bumper is on its way !!!


Well .....That's all folks..... all sold
by ricster
10 Nov 2013 12:32
 
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Re: Hi Patrol fanatics.

Official welcome !!!

That sounds like a plan for the fun day.... keep us posted
by ricster
14 Nov 2013 10:25
 
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Re: New member

Welcome to your new home Ulf !! QQQ QQQ
by ricster
14 Nov 2013 08:27
 
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Re: PLEASE HELP!!!

That's the way we roll...... :lol: :lol:

I'm pleased we ( Nissan Off Road Club ) could be of assistance. Please keep me posted on the progress. I like to give feedback from your side too. The poor bloke that gets all the complaints, I'm sure would appreciate some positive feedback from this, but obviously as long as you get the service required.

Sometimes we, and me included bitch and moan about Nissan on various things. But like many HUGE companies, sometimes that personal touch gets lost. This at least shows that Nissan SA are generally willing to assist. Now its up to the dealerships to ensure a positive customer service front line is shown to the customers. :thumbup: :thumbup:
by ricster
21 Nov 2013 12:36
 
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Re: Tell me about your Patrol

A huge advantage when I was in the market for a bigger, more robust 4x4 and overlanding vehicle, having owned a Nissan SANI 3.0 V6 ( Mark 2), was a cost factor. I looked at the Toyota Cruisers ( around the 1998 - 2000 models) and Nissan Patrols ( 1998 - 2000 models) and for a 4.2 diesel with around the same km on the odometer with similar extras, there was approximately R 80 000 to R 100 000 price difference. This is purely a missed opportunity from Nissan SA's side to be competitive in a market eager for good quality solid front and rear axle 4x4's. This was the main deciding factor for me to choose a Nissan Patrol, over the Toyota. I now own a 4.2 Diesel intercooled turbo Patrol, that came with a brand name Roofrack, brand name aluminium bullbar, brand name spotlights, suspension lift, dual battery, and brand name rear drawer system as well as a 60 litre water tank with pump fitted under the Patrol.

Many times one reads on other forums that there are comments from guys that drive Toyotas, and refer to any other vehicle as the lesser brands.... I mean really.... Lesser brands????? I really hope he is talking purely of the fact that they sell more Toyotas than ANY other brand of vehicle, because if he, unfortunately like many people are referring to comparing the likes of Toyotas performance and all other aspects to ALL other brands, well He needs to get his head out his ass. I am VERY passionate about my Patrol, as are most people who own a good vehicle, the Patrol and Nissan guys just happen to be less arrogant than most.

But back to the Patrols. The value for money that you get in a second hand Patrol is fantastic. The GQ's are as reliable as the newer GU series albeit a few years older. Ride quality with the adoption of the all round coil springs, excluding the much older Safari and all the "Pick up" models which have the coils in front and the leaf spring set up in the rear, make it the perfect overlanding vehicle. "Voetspore" proved that free of charge !!

Disavantages, well with anything there are disadvantages. Every brand has them. For example why not have a standard front diff lock, like the Land Cruisers? Does the Patrol need a front locker??.... well no not really. The articulation on the coil sprung solid front and rear axles give a huge advantage over the leaf sprung solid axle vehicles making the need for a front locker more a nice to have than a need to have. The diffs and gearbox of the Patrol are so over designed that something really astronomical would have to happen before those diffs will break.

The rear difflock on the Patrol is a weak point, and many have had issues with it. However, My Patrol now has 240 000 Km on it and my rear difflock is working perfectly. Yes extra care needs to be taken when engaging the difflock as it cannot be engaged when on the run as the teeth will take a pounding over time and eventually fail. But so far so good on my Patrol, and my Iron Maiden has done some pretty wild trails over the years I've had it.

Then there are the early (2000 - 2004) 3.0 Patrols. These are unfortunately Nissan's little embarrassment. The TD42 6 cylinder power plant ( and what a power plant !!!) in the 1998 - 1999 model GU and up to 1997 in the GQ models, with basically zero electronics, except for a wire telling the diesel pump to "fagga juice" to 6 hungry cylinders connected to a flywheel the size of a Voortrekkers ox wagon wheel, and weighing probably as much as Mike Tyson, made the TD42 an almost worldwide phenominon of being classified as "bulletproof". Unfortunately with the world moving forwards and wanting more power out of smaller and yes, more fuel efficient power plants the ZD30 motor was to replace the TD42 ( in all the station wagon diesel models). The TD42 was kept in the "Pick up" bakkie, with the addition of a factory fitted turbo and intercooler.

The ZD30 diesel power plant is a fantastic motor, the 4 cylinder engine produces sufficient power and torque to catapult the heavy 2.5 ton body ( without extras ) into much higher speeds and unbelievable fuel efficiency, that the TD42 "old technology " motor could never achieve. But this came at a price. Higher power required some serious fueling, and with a diesel more fuel means more heat, and more heat means trouble. This was the era of " handgranade " model Patrols.

Now don't get me wrong. There is NOTHING wrong with a 3.0 diesel Patrol. One just needs to know how the vehicle was driven and maintained. If I have the opportunity, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a 2000 - 2004 model 3.0 Patrol. However I would want it for a reasonable price as I would without a shadow of a doubt have the motor opened up and have it checked for any damage, and replace these parts before the motor breaks and then the costs skyrocket as there will be more to replace. I would definitely install an engine management system to monitor the EGT's, and this would be a fantastic machine to travel Africa in.

In conclusion, would I have rather bought a petrol 4.5 Patrol, or the 3.0 diesel Patrol instead of my "old school" 4.2 turbo diesel?... or bought a Land Cruiser..... or a Landy, a Jeep, ..... ahhh the list can go on forever. The answer is simple everybody loves their vehicle. We often tease each other here on the forum and out at events about the advantages and disadvantages of diesel vs petrol..... but at the end of the day you haven't lived, and have no room to comment until you've driven in a Patrol !!
by ricster
13 Jan 2014 12:22
 
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Re: MAF faulty

Regarding the voltages.... eish....Me not know, but the 0.5 bar boost on the turbo could be about right. I know on the 4.2 diesels the boost is set at around 0.7 bar max. so it may be just the way it was set, unless it was different prior to trying the other MAF sensor.
by ricster
16 Jan 2014 13:57
 
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