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    Re: Not the best day for the D4s

    Yes, rather replace the car than live with a complex machine that has been rebuilt.
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    Re: Not the best day for the D4s

    Aw, don't fret, Koebelwagen told me where to get a CZ 550 Safari Magnum in .458

    On second thoughts, a B/B gun will do.
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    Re: Not the best day for the D4s

    I would have shot the taxi driver. >:D;)
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    Re: Fiat 124/128 Gearbox Wanted

    Pity, I suspect the 5 speed boxes may be more available.
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    Re: Fiat 124/128 Gearbox Wanted

    The 124ST was also 5 speed.

    Was my first car. Was also one of the first commonly available cars in SA with 5 Speed, DOHC, Disk brakes on all four wheels.
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    Re: Charge Controller Fubar?

    The only time it will indicate 20V on the charger is when there is no battery, or the battery is 100% charged, AND there is no load drawing current.
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    Re: Rangie v8 Supercharged or Diesel?

    Look at my signature. Both current in daily use.

    TDV8 open road, 10-11 l/100km - around town 14-16 l/100km

    SCV8 5.0 open road, best 12l/100km, normal about 14l/110km, around town, best about...
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    Re: Charge Controller Fubar?

    It is working exactly as it should.

    When you measure the Solar Panel voltage with the solar wire removed you are measuring the panels Open Circuit (OC) voltage. The moment you connect the panel...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    There is a big difference between a domestic DB board and an industrial control panel.

    SANS 10142 Part 1 (Wiring of Premises - Low Voltage installations) requires that all Low Voltage Switch Gear...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Really dunno.

    Some problems I see. No indicator of status/switch position. Breaks the rule of top connections are input, bottom connections are output. No SABS/SANS approval.

    IMPORTANT- no icu...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    That is an excellent device for smaller "wired" solutions.

    Unfortunately it isn't Din Rail Mount, which makes for a rather messy installation in a DB. It may also be "illegal" to install in a DB.
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Perfect.

    Now automate you changeover using the electrically operated contactor version.:D

    Hagar Part No. ESC 442
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Exactly. I would kinda assume and switch masquerading as a mains change over would be the right configuration, but I would make double sure with a relay.
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Donít bother switching the Earth. Just common it to all three.

    Be carefull with the changeover switch, try and do changeover with no power on.
  15. Thread: Blower motor

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    Re: Blower motor

    Much more likely to be brushes than faulty armature.
  16. Re: New Broco.... reason to get excited I think

    That was amazing. Thanks.
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    Re: Eskom Power Failure Strandfontein Campsite

    I think one would have to differentiate between a low voltage cutout, and cutting out because of low voltage. Similar outcome, but very different cause.

    Same concept as a motor running out of revs...
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    Re: Deep cycle battery advice

    Without a doubt, there are a good few true deep cycles on the market. Virtually every manufacturer has at least one.

    However, the market is screwed up by a great many borderline technologies and...
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    Re: Inverters

    Not easy as far as I can see.

    More importantly, illegal, even with a fancy automatic contactor to switch circuits. Any switch system would need to be designed by an engineer and certified, which...
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    Re: Victron Energy Cyrix

    If you alternator does in fact maintain 14.5ish Volts all the time, then it would appear that you can use the Cyrix to good effect. Go for it, I am sure it will be fine. No point in getting hung up...
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    Re: Victron Energy Cyrix

    Itís rather difficult to generalise with batteries and chargers.

    Smart chargers, either alternators, or otherwise, obviously differ in how they work.

    Suffice to say, some may not be smart...
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    Re: Victron Energy Cyrix

    Hi, that is a pretty dangerous article, and is typical of "vendor" based advise.

    Now, you get Smart alternators and Smart alternators.

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    Your typical original...
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    Re: Victron Energy Cyrix

    14.53V makes it a smart alternator.
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    I believe it is worth a punt.

    Obviously a second use battery, so I wouldn't use it for a home solar system, but for sure I would for a camping solar system.
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    Re: FJ Cruiser Accesories

    Pics, or it didn't happen.
  26. Re: triton 3.5 v6 decat: who done it successfully

    Best advise I can offer - leave well alone. Unless the CAT's are actually faulty I cant think of worse costs/benefit ratio mod.
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    Re: Mesuring sunlight with an LDR ?

    No, I am referring to using a Solar Panel that is large enough to force a 5V drop across the 1 ohm shunt, so that the Arduino can have it's full A/D input range to work with.

    You have two choices,...
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    Re: smart charger working under load

    Something to consider - a 200AH battery is almost impossible for even a young fit fellow to carry more than a few meters. You wont lift it onto the back of a bakkie or a shelf.

    Two separate...
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    Re: This is not good for the Mozambique

    Exactly - well said.
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    Re: Mesuring sunlight with an LDR ?

    Yep, agree.

    Selecting the resistor will be a bit tricky. 1 ohm will probably not work for any panel. On a small panel the voltage across the resistor will be to small for decent readings, and if...
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    Re: Jackery 500 vs Flexpower lithium444

    Oops, one extra Zero, so 1.4kWh.

    AH is only half the story and tells you close to nothing. When somebody quotes AH it is meaningless unless you also quote, at what voltage.

    Unfortunately we...
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    Re: Jackery 500 vs Flexpower lithium444

    Here's a thought.

    The Jackery is about 500Wh and the Lithium 444 is about 400Wh of stored energy.

    A Blue Nova based system would be about 12000Wh of energy.

    Makes you think, doesn't it.
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    Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Eish, some of us can get away with less.

    When buying for a lifetime, the older you get the cheaper the goods can be.
  34. Re: Eskom's new proposal for homes with solar panels

    One of the problems with these issues is that people think they are islands and exist for themselves.

    The examples and reasoning offered are fine and relevant for one home, or a few homes.

    The...
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    Sticky: Re: LR parts offered / required

    Really neat. You should market those. With the big boys in the USA and UK.
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