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    Suspension Re: Uneven height

    On some vehicles the left and right springs aren't of the same strength, either on one axle or on both. It's meant to counter any weight imbalances, e.g. if gearbox, transfer case or propshafts are...
  2. Re: List of vehicles with a centre differential and its benefits over a transfer case

    The way I have seen it being used, it's not really about power, but more about the ability to reverse slowly without burning the clutch.
    Usually the reverse gear's ratio is somewhere in between 1st...
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    Re: ARB Bumper on FJ Cruiser

    Strictly speaking, you don't have to. This is not based on experience, but on the following:
    The FJ Cruiser shares the same suspension with the Prado 120, which is about 300 kg heavier. The vehicle...
  4. Re: List of vehicles with a centre differential and its benefits over a transfer case

    Yes, the FJ is not a full time 4WD like the Prado and got a transfer case, no centre diff.
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    Re: R350 000.00 What would you buy?

    The 4.2 diesel was very similar to Toyota's 1HZ, also a 4.2 liter 6 cylinder, normal aspirated diesel. It will go on forever, but it would certainly be better suited for on farm use than as a daily...
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    Re: R350 000.00 What would you buy?

    I did, here, post #85
  7. Re: List of vehicles with a centre differential and its benefits over a transfer case

    No, that would only happen once one random wheel looses traction. Up to that point, the available torque would be split between 4 wheels (instead of 2 when in 4x2) and make it a lot less likely that...
  8. Re: My FJ 60 (2F) - Servicing, Mods, Tuning, and Repairs

    I'm very glad to hear it's running well now. Enjoy!
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    Re: GENERAL Grabber 'X3' Mud Terrain

    Where do you get Mickey Thompson cheaper than Generals??? :o
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    Re: GENERAL Grabber 'X3' Mud Terrain

    Any further comments on these tyres?
  11. Re: My FJ 60 (2F) - Servicing, Mods, Tuning, and Repairs

    Yes, that coil is the one that sparks in my 2F. It's the right one. The coil is only there to make 25kV from 12 V, it doesn't really care in which vehicle it is.

    If you have any doubt about the...
  12. Re: My FJ 60 (2F) - Servicing, Mods, Tuning, and Repairs

    I have a higher powered coil, too. It supposedly gives a better spark and my distributor is almost old enough to vote...
    No, seriously, I guess one can go overboard. With the original coil you can't...
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    Re: R350 000.00 What would you buy?

    Nissan Patrol? Landrover Defender (the real one)?

    I think it is a very, very personal choice, whether one can live with a certain vehicle as a daily run around, or not. There are plenty of people...
  14. Thread: Prado hire?

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    Re: Prado hire?

    Maybe also have a look at Chevrolet Trailblazer. Read through the Chev section, there are threads about the Trailblazer. Because Chevrolet has left the SA market, there are a couple of bargains to be...
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    Re: RC Hobby maybe better than therapy

    I got lots of respect for people who have an eye for that kind of detail and the skill and patience to make scale models like that, be it cars, trucks, ships or aeroplanes. Very impressive.
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    Re: Poor repairs after an accident.

    The "jig" is probably that straightener I was talking about. It's a good sign.

    Unfortunately you can assume that the structural area of the impact has lost a bit rigidity to a certain degree. It...
  17. Re: My FJ 60 (2F) - Servicing, Mods, Tuning, and Repairs

    Ok, let me try:

    at higher altitude, the air density (mass per volume) is less than at sea level. The engine always sucks in a certain volume of air per revolution or intake cycle. Hence, at high...
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    Re: Poor repairs after an accident.

    Isn't there a proper body shop, not just a panel beater, you can take your car to? Point is with accidents like that the entire vehicle has most probably been affected.
    In order to repair that sort...
  19. Re: My FJ 60 (2F) - Servicing, Mods, Tuning, and Repairs

    Judging from my own 2F, the engine is a bit sensitive to sudden throttle openings. I always have to adjust my driving style after I have driven fuel injected engines for a while.
  20. Thread: Np300 4x4

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    Re: Np300 4x4

    Again, back then none of the competitors was any better.
    Without being judgemental about the product, it is what it is: 20+ year old design sold new. However, other products have evolved during...
  21. Thread: Np300 4x4

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    Re: Np300 4x4

    Back then it was the norm. Now it's a relic of the past, where most other DC bakkies offer more rear leg room.
  22. Re: 4x4 self drive hire - insurance does not seem to cover write-off

    I said I would take reviews with a pinch of salt, I'm sure you are familiar with that expression?

    I have been in tourism for over 10 years and have worked together with some smaller car hire...
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    Re: BF Goodrich Advantage SUV

    I remember having read plenty of dreadful reviews on that tyre. Maybe google it?
    But apparently they don't stand up in any way to the BFG A/T or M/T.
  24. Thread: Prado hire?

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    Re: Prado here?

    Try to find a 2nd hand dealer who is willing to give you a Prado for the day.

    Since Francois mentioned the FJ:
    I got an FJ Cruiser, which shares the axles and suspension with the Prado 120. I put...
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    Re: 265/70/17 A/T Tyre advice

    Those tryes have got 2 ply sidewalls and according to the information on the tyre itself, neither of those 2 plies is Kevlar. Apart from that, the GY Wrangler is a rather tame A/T tyre and I don't...
  26. Re: 4x4 self drive hire - insurance does not seem to cover write-off

    Maybe. But I know to take such "reviews" with a large pinch of salt. After all you only hear one side of the story, if you tend to believe those who scream the loudest, then Asco is probably awful....
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    Re: How damaging is corrugation?

    It all depends on your tyre's sidewall height and vehicle weight. But in general, if 2.2 bar is your normal tyre pressure, 1.7 - 1.5 should be ok. The main thing is temperature: deflate the tyres,...
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    Re: R350 000.00 What would you buy?

    Sounds like an FJ Cruiser would be perfect for you. The very steep windscreen and small windows around keep the temperature in the cabin down like now other. It is the coolest vehicle temperature...
  29. Re: 4x4 self drive hire - insurance does not seem to cover write-off

    Have you tried ASCO car hire?
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    Re: Advice with first Land Cruiser

    Both would have roughly the same fuel consumption, the EFI would give you more power though.
    Seeing how difficult it is these days to find someone able to work on carburetors, I would go for EFI...
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    Re: R350 000.00 What would you buy?

    Put a snorkel and decent bumper on any of the new bakkies and they look the part. Stock standard the NP300 isn't going to win a beauty contest either.

    At least in a modern bakkie there is a better...
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    Re: Slaghuis Swakopmund / Henties

    They are a bit choosy. Sometimes they are open, sometimes they are closed. I have asked them a couple of times about their opening hours, usually the answer is: "when the gates are open, we are open....
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    Re: Slaghuis Swakopmund / Henties

    Don't know about Henties, but for Swakopmund I can say this:
    Namakwa butchery usually got good quality meat. You get lots of frozen meat as well. Prices are decent. They got nice biltong,...
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    Re: R350 000.00 What would you buy?

    Was going to say that, but seeing that he's got a baby and plans on keeping the vehicle for long, the Prado might be the better choice. FJs aren't really that family friendly.
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    Re: R350 000.00 What would you buy?

    Prado V6, your "baba" will inherit it.
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