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    Re: Slightly Stressed: Namibia for 23 Days

    I don't know how the temps are in Namibia at the moment, but we're relatively cool here in Bots considering the season. So your trip should at least start reasonably cool.

    I suggest that you...
  2. Thread: Chobe snake alert

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    Re: Chobe snake alert

    Walter -
    If bitten by a snake in the Bots bush, you should contact the nearest BDF camp, as the bush teams are susually supported with suitable medical support. I even saw a notice to that effect in...
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    Re: 4x4's crash in plain clothes cop speed trap

    I'm sorry to read of anyone being involved in a car accident and injured, and I would be happier if I saw Botswana's finest more actively involved in policing traffic from vehicles rather than...
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    Re: 24 hr Siege in Mabuasehube

    When we moved to Botswana in 1992 and wanted to "go bush", my wife, Lene, insisted that we camp with someone who was bush-wise and who could teach us by example. We were very lucky, as we met an...
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    Re: 24 hr Siege in Mabuasehube

    Sorry for highjacking this thread, but...

    The OP indirectly raises an interesting question that I have never had a definitive answer to: is it safe to camp in a gound tent in a lion area? When...
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    Re: salisbury commits suicide!

    The axle tube failure is a common risk amongst LR rally and challenge drivers, as the salisbury diff housing/axle tube interface is one of the weak links in the unit. Serious competitors will replace...
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    Defender Re: I think my TD5 is stuffed.....

    Best wishes!
    Jode
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    Defender Re: Does anyone know this Defender?

    V8life -
    I have an unused top end rebuild set for a 3.5l V8 we owned years ago, all bits new but bought years ago. It includes cam followers, valves & guides, a JP steel duplex timing chain and gear...
  9. Re: Starting an X5 that was stored VERY long......Pointers??

    Definitely.
    With respect, Walther, you want to disconnect the wire to the fuel cut-off switch and turn the engine over on the battery several times until the oil pressure light goes out.
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    Re: Turbo cleaning tips.

    A runaway turbo will require a relatively large amount of fuel to "run away". This more commonly happens when the turbo oil seals are sufficnetly worn that the turbo can suck engine oil out of the...
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    Re: Sticking to the rules in Botswana Parks..

    An attack by a lion or other wild animal is of course a risk, especially when the vehicle isn't moving.

    But the biggest risk isn't the wildlife - it's the conditions of the roads and the skill and...
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    Re: To diff lock or not?

    We've driven most tracks in Botswana, and quite a few in Namiba, over the past 25 years. Locking diffs would have been nice when stuck in deep, wet sand (which only happened on Sunday play-day...
  13. Thread: MT or A/T in sand

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    Re: MT or A/T in sand

    Sand doesn't stick to tyres like mud does, so you don't usually need a tyre that self-cleans when tackling sand (even wet sand). Also you don't need to clear soft material away to reach firm material...
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    Discovery 4 Re: Discovery 4 SDV6 or V8

    I know nothing of the SDV6, however the V8 is a very forgiving engine if slightly out of timing - all those cylinders working together evens out slight roughness - or at least, that's the case with a...
  15. Thread: Am I going mad...

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    Re: Am I going mad...

    The V8 has in my view the sexiest engine sound of any land rover. The down side is that the engine is very fond of drink. In difficult terrain the power will pull you through with reduced but not...
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    Fibre cable is one thing - another is the...

    Fibre cable is one thing - another is the international gateway. We've had several outages (I guess any service provider suffers them), but as BTC is the only large connector, normal people without...
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    Defender There is a "trick" - basically, follow the LR...

    There is a "trick" - basically, follow the LR workshop manual, but rather than forking out a fortune for the LR special tool (long studs) used to align the t-box to the gearbox when refitting, just...
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    As it starts easily when pushed, it sounds as if...

    As it starts easily when pushed, it sounds as if the fuel cut-off solenoid is fine. I would suspect possibly poor glow-plugs, or more likely a split/leak in the fuel return rail (and hence no fuel...
  19. Sorry - forgot to note how it's done: 1. ...

    Sorry - forgot to note how it's done:

    1. Drain the oil by removing the threaded plug on the passenger's side of the gearbox (this also allows you access to the oil filter, which you should...
  20. The WSM advises the use of an engine oil - 15W50,...

    The WSM advises the use of an engine oil - 15W50, 15W40 or 10W40 (the first two would be better for southern Africa's temp range); 3 liters needed. Synthetic would be great but pricey.

    The LT230...
  21. Thread: 2001 Td5 power

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    Defender And perhaps caked on the wheels, as well.

    And perhaps caked on the wheels, as well.
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    The Puma rears are infamous for diff failures,...

    The Puma rears are infamous for diff failures, and I understand those are the "new" Rover-style (aka P38) diffs.
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    Calibrating the pump is really very easy,...

    Calibrating the pump is really very easy, although you need a few special fittings to modify your dial indicator to do so. Rebuilding the pump, on the other hand, is fiddly, but also doable if you're...
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    The design of the P38 diff (aka wolf) has been...

    The design of the P38 diff (aka wolf) has been criticised by Ashcroft, who assert that the carrier bearings sit too close together, weakening the diff when under high torque loads. Happily Ashcroft...
  25. Ditto the short. Regarding oil pressure, you...

    Ditto the short.

    Regarding oil pressure, you will find the pressure is highest when you start the engine on a really cold morning, and it will get progressively lower as the oil heats (and becomes...
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    I've got 4 used general SAGs 750R16, but they're...

    I've got 4 used general SAGs 750R16, but they're here in Bots so not so practical.... But if you happen to be in Gabs just PM me.
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    Nxai pan campsite to the Nata-Francistown Road -...

    Nxai pan campsite to the Nata-Francistown Road - allow say 1-1/2 hours;
    Nxai Pan turn-off to Maun - another 1-1/2 hours;
    Maun to Savuti - around 4 (?) hours if you by-pass Moremi, but much longer...
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    But just a general warning - we have enountered...

    But just a general warning - we have enountered vet control officers at the gates who would confiscate vacuum-packed meat as well as wrapped meat.

    Vacuum-packing is no guarantee for meat to be...
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    The bush babies will probably outlive the place!...

    The bush babies will probably outlive the place! First time we stayed there (1993) they were the only game we saw between Nata and Gaborone on our way back from Moremi!
  30. Thread: Tyre Repair Kits

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    But remember - plugs are for temporary repairs....

    But remember - plugs are for temporary repairs. Don't drive at speed until you get a proper patch on!
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    As advised by Landyluvver, you should use a...

    As advised by Landyluvver, you should use a run-in oil to bed the rings (especially). Run the engine hard the first 800km (by hard, I mean accelerate up fast and then foot off the pedal so the engine...
  32. Thread: Ignition Problem

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    Another option is to replace the switch barrel,...

    Another option is to replace the switch barrel, however that will result in you having a new ignition key as well. But it avoids clever electrical interventions.
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    Defender You can replace the master cylinder if that's...

    You can replace the master cylinder if that's your pleasure, or you can rebuild it. I would have thought you can get a set of TRW seals for around R200, rather less than the cost of the entire master...
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    So where does one buy a goodish 2nd hand TD5...

    So where does one buy a goodish 2nd hand TD5 engine? I would readily pay Turner's for a restored short block and build up from there, but I know of no other suppliers whom I would consider reliable....
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    We use a goose down duvet in our roof tent. The...

    We use a goose down duvet in our roof tent. The roof tent is off the ground, of course, but the bottom is exposed to cold air. The mattress however insulates well, and the down duvet keeps off the...
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