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    Default Re: Disco 4 in Namibia - advice please

    Their recommendations are pretty accurate.

    I got 4,5km/l. The 4,5EFI's got about 2,3km/l.

    So do your sums and don't skimp.

    (This was the average from Solitaire to Walvisbay.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois111 View Post
    Off road height is 310mm, I think, which is impressive. If he can do that and sort the extra fuel he will not get a better vehicle to do that trip.
    Well, not actually completely sure about the exact heights but the point is that with the R500 DicoEast rods in, the normal Road ground clearance is more than most lifted luxury SUV's....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regard View Post
    Well...



    According to Toyota the Prado's ground clearance is 215mm



    The Discovery 4's is 216mm on "Standard" height. When going to "off road" height it raises by 50mm IIRC. That means that with the rods, the normal "Standard" height becomes something like 265mm.

    With the rods standard height 265mm will be good enough and now he just need to sort the fuel problem.

    That V8 is a monster.
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    ...besides the greater clearance (mandatory) the rods also saves the compressor from overheating - which is a real danger in these conditions.


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    Did you carry over 200litre of fuel extra fuel with you?[/QUOTE]
    To be fair no neither did any of the other Vehicles doing Waterford. It would be a bit silly with all the Garages in a 150km radius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by straush View Post
    Did you carry over 200litre of fuel extra fuel with you?
    To be fair no neither did any of the other Vehicles doing Waterford. It would be a bit silly with all the Garages in a 150km radius.[/QUOTE]



    Did you read the OP's questions?
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    We went into the dunes outside Swakop with Bartho a couple weeks ago. My D4 TDV6 and a D3 v8. Both on 19". Both deflated to 1.2. Take an additional tyre carcass as 19" is very difficult to sorce. We did not do too bad.
    Keep DSC off, gearbox in Sport mode and I had the Mode in Normal setting.
    Both Discos fitted with Baben's Llamms system.
    The v8 was about 20% heavier on fuel than the v6.
    I was getting about 6km/l.
    The Discos are heavy for sand driving, but should do good.
    Fit LR tank and maybe 1 x jerry can. It is worth it. You do not want a JC to start leaking inside your vehicle.
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    Wow, thank you all for your wisdom. Really appreciate it. Lots of varying opinions here but the general message I am getting is this:

    - take the Landy, YAY
    - take an unholy amount of fuel with
    - get the DiscoEast rods and look badass with my massive clearance
    - get some experience (not sure where one can do this adequately around JHB)
    - don't drive like a moron
    - play with terrain response, don't always use sand setting
    - tyre pressure set to 0.8-1.2 bar depending on sand
    - take some spare tires with and learn how to break and set a bead
    - consider fitting a long range tank
    - 19" rims will be ok but but should consider getting 18" rims
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daranger View Post
    Wow, thank you all for your wisdom. Really appreciate it. Lots of varying opinions here but the general message I am getting is this:

    - take the Landy, YAY
    - take an unholy amount of fuel with
    - get the DiscoEast rods and look badass with my massive clearance
    - get some experience (not sure where one can do this adequately around JHB)
    - don't drive like a moron
    - play with terrain response, don't always use sand setting
    - tyre pressure set to 0.8-1.2 bar depending on sand
    - take some spare tires with and learn how to break and set a bead
    - consider fitting a long range tank
    - 19" rims will be ok but but should consider getting 18" rims


    Just like that..... Enjoy your trip.

    Post a picture of that badass V8 when done.
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    Been thinking about this. Spend the money a fit a lr fuel tank. You won't regret it.
    I would rather carry the spare wheel and one jerry cab inside the vehicle rather than all that fuel. When you are not in the dunes mount the sparest on the roof.

    Def. Do the discoeast rods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Been thinking about this. Spend the money a fit a lr fuel tank. You won't regret it.

    I would rather carry the spare wheel and one jerry cab inside the vehicle rather than all that fuel. When you are not in the dunes mount the sparest on the roof.



    Def. Do the discoeast rods.


    Agree 100%..... Much better and safer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    ............ Spend the money a fit a lr fuel tank. ..........
    Make sure that there is nothing in that LR tank that can damage the fuel pump. Iron filings etc.

    Maybe some kind of extra pickup, via a filter.

    If that pump dies, you are dead in the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daranger View Post
    Wow, thank you all for your wisdom. Really appreciate it. Lots of varying opinions here but the general message I am getting is this:

    - take the Landy, YAY
    - take an unholy amount of fuel with
    - get the DiscoEast rods and look badass with my massive clearance
    - get some experience (not sure where one can do this adequately around JHB)
    - don't drive like a moron
    - play with terrain response, don't always use sand setting
    - tyre pressure set to 0.8-1.2 bar depending on sand
    - take some spare tires with and learn how to break and set a bead
    - consider fitting a long range tank
    - 19" rims will be ok but but should consider getting 18" rims


    Sounds like it. Enjoy
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    Also take a spare pump they are only around R350.
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    Hi all, I managed to get hold of Simon from Uriadventures who seems to a bit more experienced than the other people I spoke with. Below is his advice on the topic.

    Hi Darren

    No problem. Glad you made contact. We get a few Discoveries on our trips. I unfortunately dont remember the particular details. The Disco is a very capable vehicle. We had a diesel on my last trip (LUD-WB) and it was stock standard. We had a problem when the pump that operated the suspension got hot. We stopped for a short while, let it cool and went on our way again. It too had very low profile tyres. We ended up running his tyres at one bar when we where driving long distances in the heavy sand, being careful where and when we deflated the tyres. Previously the driver was struggling slightly as he kept spinning in. With the really deflated tyres it had more traction and went like a rocket.

    Large engines become extremely heavy on fuel in sand. More than one thinks. In general, drivers tend to underestimate there fuel usage in sand. You should make it on 220L. You will make it on 240L. The route can vary according to the decisions made by the guide and the tide. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. Sometimes easy, sometimes tricky.

    I wouldnt recommend carrying fuel in the car due to the fume factor. And yet 8 cans is some weight to put on the roof. Who is the guide on your trip? We could see if he could take a few cans for you. I think that would work better.

    Your tires will work fine. I only take one spare with me. We seldom have a problem with punctures in the sand. If you want a backup backup then just bring a tyre, no rim.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. No problem. Anytime

    Take care

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    Great- nice response.
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    Now thats a guide i would support. Please share his business's details.
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    Told you so.....

    Speak to Koos (DiscoEast) and put those rods in. Day one in the desert put the rods on the high setting and keep the Disco in "road" mode and never touch the height knob again until you are out the desert.
    Remember that it is the constant up and down, up and down that cooks the pump. Set on high mode..go over 55km/h and suspension drops, you put it back up to high, speed up and it drops again, etc, etc...

    With the rods your suspension pump will not even work at all!!

    Let them drop a few of those jerry cans for you and go and enjoy your tjor!!!

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    Uri adventures regularly make it into the relevant magazines.

    https://m.facebook.com/Uri-Adventures-396859840330736/

    https://www.my.na/b/5680/uri-adventures/

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    I always wondering, when driving behind a Disco, how can one drive off with it, as the rear axle is very close to the ground
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