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    Default Pothole Damage Question_Lydenburg

    Hi. We took the R540 from Belfast to Lydenburg last weekend to visit my parents that lives in Lydenburg. The R540 is a potholed
    disaster. The speed limit is 100km/h, but I drove 80km/h to dodge the potholes. Some potholes was more than 1.5m wide,
    and easily 300mm deep.

    I was however amazed at the amount of drivers in bakkies that just simply drive on that road as if it is the N1 in Midrand. They show
    absolutely no mechanical empathy.

    I drive a 2013 Mazda BT50 with R17 wheels and all-terrain tyres, and I felt very sorry for it when I hit even a minor pothole.

    Now my question is: am I taking it too serious? Can a modern bakkie or SUV actually drive through a 300mm deep hole with sharp edges
    at 140km/h without any damage?
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    I suppose with an increase in speed and momentum, the dwell time over or in a pothole decreases. If thats the case, then the depth and sharp edges could be negated and it would make sense to fly over them as opposed to drive into them.
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    I avoid potholes to prevent damage to the tyres but there is a more important reason - hitting a bump or dent at speed with a Defender causes havoc in your underpants
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    Quote Originally Posted by albertvl View Post
    I avoid potholes to prevent damage to the tyres but there is a more important reason - hitting a bump or dent at speed with a Defender causes havoc in your underpants
    I suspect your suspension may be due for replacement😁

    Back to the op. I drive lot, and can't always afford to go extra slowly on bad roads. I do think the vast majority of people that are unfamiliar take an extra cautios approach to bad roads.

    Good tires and good suspension can handle a lot. You will obviously wear out your control arm bushes etc etc faster, but you need to decide how much your time is worth as well.

    The specific section of road you are referring to is particularly bad, but I still comfortably do it at an average of 100/110kmh

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    Suspension is old but the shocks are fairly new. The big shocker is to hit a bump at speed with a SFA. It wobbles ...
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    I drive from Jo'burg to Zim every month... and it's a question of luck. At some point you're gonna hit a pothole that shreds a tyre. Or you'll hit one so hard you'll damage a rim. If you're using road tyres, this'll happen sooner. I've lost count of how many tyres I've had to replace. They can sneak up on you.
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    The trick is bigger the tyre, the easier it is to get over the holes.

    and yes at speed you don't hit the bottom of the pot hole. go fast!!

    I was taught never brake at the last second just before the pot hole, as it throws the weight forward and down into the hole, if you do - release the brakes just before hitting the hole. Best is to accelerate over the pothole to throw your weight backwards. especially when you have loaded vehicle.

    With a motorbike you can fly over a hole at speed as big and deep as a grave (short side - not the length). but if you brake-- the front tyre drops in and you will summersault. With a bike and practice you can get over a deep ditch without any problems, a 4x4 is just too heavy.
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    Default Re: Pothole Damage Question_Lydenburg

    Problem with the Lydenburg potholes are that they're so big even trucks have to avoid them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertvl View Post
    I avoid potholes to prevent damage to the tyres but there is a more important reason - hitting a bump or dent at speed with a Defender causes havoc in your underpants
    A Defender at speed? But i suppose it is relative.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    A Defender at speed? But i suppose it is relative.....
    Mine is perfectly capable of doing 160km/h. One just pray at that speed that there aren't any turns or stops ahead
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    I suppose road conditions are relative. I happily drive regularly and tow caravan on that road, actually did it the week the OP posted, for me that road is perfectly fine. In-laws refuse to travel it. Did around 100 with the van in tow, could remember one bad pothole, not NEARLY as big as the one on Corobrick road in front of Builders in Edendale.
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    They resurfaced that road in front of Builders this past week..
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    Default Re: Pothole Damage Question_Lydenburg

    Cool, it means I can go to Makro and Builders again during lunch, I work around the corner but was in Isando at clients last week.https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...ilies/grin.gif
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