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  1. Discovery 4 Re: Alternative to Dealerships: brake pad replacement

    Google Bodsy's Brake Bible. Really good.

    The disco 3/4 as many have said has really easy pads to do, front and rear. No self adjusting pistons for the "hand" brake: its a separate drum brake on...
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    Re: land Rover Diagnostic Tools

    A vote for the IIDTool.

    Patrick of GAP Diagnostic has always been super efficient and responsive at support as I worked through (some very minor) bugs in the distant past.

    I brought mine in...
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    Re: Handling the soft sand in Botswana

    I would be most worried about punctures.

    HT tyres have paper sidewalls, you will be amazed at what puny little sticks can get through them. But as long as you have a complete spare wheel/tyre, as...
  4. Re: Is it possible to drive to Oddball's Camp?

    I think Andrew St Pierre White and his wife worked at Delta camp (same island as Oddballs) for a while, though I am not 100%. In his Torn Trousers book he doesn't actually mention Delta or Oddballs...
  5. Re: Advice needed on planning to buy and build a 4X4 for my Bots and Africa trips

    Re the solar panels: I have always found a very strong relationship between power produced and how well the orientation to the sun is. If you are 30 degrees off, you make maybe half the power. And...
  6. Re: Advice needed on planning to buy and build a 4X4 for my Bots and Africa trips

    My 2cents:

    Lithium Iron Phosphate second battery rather than lead acid deep cycle. They're more expensive, but they last longer (more cycles), and you get much more energy out of them because you...
  7. Re: Forget the rainy season, lets talk about the windy season.

    Specifically Namibia: May has always worked for us (ie not windy). Not sure when the winds are, but I think I have had lots of wind in August.
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    Re: A Lion in my Tent - Mabuasehube

    Bear bangers, we had them in the old days but I am not sure you can still get them? Never had to use one myself but heard that they work.
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    Defender Re: Grenadier Interior

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    Re: Discovery V8 mysterious engine noise

    A whine is quite a high frequency: typically faster than the engine. I've found that the alternator is often a culprit for that kind of noise, as it turns faster than the engine, and the...
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    Re: US Airforce at Lanseria ?

    Wow: 400 KTS at 10 000 feet! Pretty extreme.
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    Re: Discovery V8 mysterious engine noise

    Ah. Sorry, I missed that.

    Good luck, hope you find it.
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    Re: Discovery V8 mysterious engine noise

    Have you checked the alternator bearings?

    If you can reach the alternator with a long screwdriver or metal rod, put it on the alternator casing near one of the bearings (with the engine...
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    Re: Rim repair, Maun?

    OK, so thats all wheels, not just aluminium?

    I wonder how the industry thats evolved around wheel repair gets around that? Seriously: just search repairing aluminium wheels, there are plenty out...
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    Re: Rim repair, Maun?

    Not sure why you say this. Its fairly common practice to repair/weld aluminium wheels. As long as its someone who is qualified and experienced, and has the right equipment.
  16. Thread: Namibia Trip

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    Re: Namibia Trip

    We also had it (we passed through going north on 2 May, just after you), but they asked about....meat.

    My standard answer to questions about "what is in there" is "personal effects". So after...
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    Re: Roundtrip Zambia

    I agree that Zambia is really under-rated. Remember that there is an election early August, and its hotly contested...things might be a little disrupted.
  18. Re: Kaokoland, Damaraland and their Riverbeds - Mini Trip Report

    What an awesome trip report, and great to have met you at Epupa. Really good to be re-living it all. We had withdrawal symptoms back home in Cape Town...probably roughly what you are having too!...
  19. Thread: Namibia Trip

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    Re: Namibia Trip

    I think as of 31 May, only PCR tests accepted for entry into Namibia. For entry into South Africa, rapid antigen still accepted.
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    Discovery 3 Re: Rear wheel studs

    Thanks Beesblaas.

    Agents want to install a new hub and wheel bearing. I think they don't see separate studs in their drawings so they assume the only way to get them is by buying a new hub. At...
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    Re: Covid and Namibia

    Yes.

    Kids (I think its under 5, might be under 6) do not require Covid tests. Thats for both Nam and RSA. We have just returned from a month in Namibia with our kids: went through Noordoewer. I...
  22. Re: Kaokoland, Damaraland and their Riverbeds - Mini Trip Report

    I can contribute something here, as we met with Searcher in Epupa and we both used the same container fuel supplier in Okangwati.

    Firstly, we had only a standard fuel tank in our (diesel) D3, and...
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    Re: Kaokoveld new "old" road from M Fluss.

    We just did Orupembe to Okangwati about two weeks ago, certainly didn't find any new roads! We must have missed it. In fact, the road was really bad in places (the road we took went over "Heartbreak...
  24. Thread: Namibia Trip

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    Re: Namibia Trip

    Definitely worth buying a SIM.

    Buy at the second fuel station in Noordoewer (the more northerly one, I think its Shell). Cheap, no RICA required. There is a machine there that issues vouchers. Get...
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    Re: Puma Test Overnight

    My opinion is that if you are overlanding, you probably don't really need all that extra power. Especially if you are further north than Zim: the trucks are really slow, you won't battle as much to...
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    Discovery 3 Rear wheel studs

    I have two broken wheel studs: left rear (don't ask....)

    Apparently there is no space to press the rear ones out (as there is on the front), and you need to install a new hub assembly (incl the...
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    Re: Police clearance certificate

    No police clearance needed. Just normal vehicle docs (registration certificate, permission to take the car if its not owned by you). Actually, they didn't even look at those (Noordoewer).
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    Discovery 3 Re: My D3, MikeBob, and Inmarsat

    Thanks: though this fuse is far enough from the terminal itself that it would not have seen an increase in temperature purely due to that.

    SWAMBO said many painful things. She'll be sorry (well,...
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    Sticky: Re: Van Zyl's in retrospect

    Great to have met you at Epupa Falls. So how did you find the road from Okangwati to Van Zyls?
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    Discovery 3 My D3, MikeBob, and Inmarsat

    Just got back from a month in Namibia, mostly in Kaokoland.

    The D3 was great, with a hiccup or two, though only two can be blamed on Land Rover

    The most major was just north of Red Drum pass,...
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    Re: What have you done with your Discovery today?

    Just finished installing a new radiator into my D3. Not such a bad job, as long as you are not in a hurry.

    R8.5k for the radiator, plus about another R8.5k for assorted plastic mouldings which are...
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    Re: What have you done with your Discovery today?

    Re the plastic cooling system parts. I wonder how many plastic parts the (for example) 1HZ motor has? Thats the Toyota 4.2 straight six diesel in, amongst others, the 79 series Cruiser, it has a...
  33. Re: A current report on the difficulties of driving the length of Mozambique.

    We drove the length of the coast from Tanzania down to before Beira, where we moved inland to Gorongoza, Zinave, Banhine, coming back into SA through the Kruger Transfrontier park. That was in mid...
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    Re: What have you done with your Discovery today?

    After my crumbling cooling system components "discovery", I was investigating a bit further and found that.... my radiator is also leaking, out of the driver's side plastic moulding.

    Eish. This...
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    Re: Serra Cafema trip planning

    Thanks CalDriver. I'll email them
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